Any adult who has not received a high school diploma in the United States can earn their high school equivalency diploma by sitting for a high school equivalency exam such as the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). U.S. citizenship is not required to take these tests.
A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to enroll in college or other post-secondary education opportunities, so if you didn’t graduate from high school but would like to enroll in college, sitting for a high school equivalency exam is your next step.
While acknowledging that being undocumented can restrict the work available to you, earning a high school equivalency diploma may also help make you more competitive in the job market.
Some states may require proof of residency to take a high school equivalency exam, and there are often other requirements, including that individuals may not be currently enrolled in high school and must be a minimum age (often 16-years-old). Other than that, these exams are open to immigrants of a variety of backgrounds, including individuals who started high school in the U.S., those who attended high school in a different country, or those who never attended high school at all.
Learn more about the high school equivalency exams offered in your state and discover which one is right for you at the Community for Accredited Online Schools.
If earning your high school equivalency diploma is not the right choice for you, there are other options for you to join the workforce. Jump to Working and Earning an Income While Undocumented.