Why It's Never Too Late to Get Your GED® and Earn a College Degree

Posted By Manda Perkins on November 18, 2016

If You Don't Have a High School Diploma…

There are many reasons you may not have a high school diploma. Maybe you started working at a young age to support your family, choosing early to put your career ahead of academics. Maybe, for one reason or another, you never had the opportunity to graduate from high school. Perhaps as a teenager you didn't see the value of an education and you simply chose not to complete high school. Whatever the reason, not having a diploma has likely had a negative effect on you at some point. If you're unable to meet basic educational qualifications, finding a job can be difficult. Or, if you have a job, you're more likely to be passed up for promotions and raises by coworkers with more education.

What is a GED®?

General Educational Development, or GED®, tests are a group of four subject tests that individuals are required to pass for certification of American high school-level academic skills. The test measures proficiency in science, math, social studies, reading, and writing. In essence, the GED® test gives those who don't meet the requirements for a high school diploma the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The good news is that it's never too late to earn your GED®! Doing so may increase your earning potential and overall chances of being hired for quality employment.

How You Can Make It Happen.

Adult education classes are available in all 50 states. There are also free online GED study courses available. Whether you're a young parent working a low-paying job or one with limited opportunities for growth, or you're an older adult and have always regretted not finishing your education, the opportunity to get a GED® is waiting for you as close as the nearest local college or public high school.

Why Stop There?

Why stop at a GED®? Once you renew your thirst for knowledge, why not continue this path by choosing your ideal career field and earning an associate's degree or bachelor's degree? Many careers offer base pay directly related to your level of education. There are many areas of study out there, so you can choose something that interests and inspires you, leading toward a fulfilling career.

Am I Too Old to Go Back to School?

In 2007, a 95-year-old woman became the oldest person in history to get a college degree. If she can do it, so can you! Once you lay the groundwork for your future by getting your GED®, you'll have more appealing options for earning a degree. Some colleges offer night classes, allowing working adults to continue to earn money during the day, and further their education in the evening. If you opt for an online university, you can take classes on your own schedule from your own home.

Paying for Your Degree

Financial aid is out there whether in the form of scholarships and grants or federal student loans.1 Federal student loans typically have low interest rates and can usually be deferred until after graduation, when you can start earning more money.

How Stevens-Henager College Can Help

At Stevens-Henager College, we recognize the value of continuing education, and that starts with a diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Through our Good Neighbor Initiative, we offer GED® test preparation at no cost to community members.2 We provide the personal instruction, learning materials, and computerized practice tests. We'll even pay your test fee, with no obligation to you. Don't wait another minute. Contact us today to ask about our GED® test preparation program or earning your college degree. You can do it! You'll be glad you did.

GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education (ACE) and is administered exclusively by GED Testing Service, LLC under license. This material is not endorsed or approved by ACE or GED Testing Service. 1Scholarship awards are limited and only available to those who qualify. See for details. 2These services are not within the institution's scope of accreditation.