Free community college offer for adult learners
AUGUSTA —The Maine Department of Education’s Office of Adult Education has launched a campaign to encourage adult learners to complete the HiSET, Maine’s High School Equivalency Test. Those who complete the HiSET are eligible for two years of free community college in Maine.
Students who live in Maine, graduate from high school or receive a HiSET between 2020 and 2023 and enroll full-time in a Maine community college are eligible for two years of free community college.
The HiSET has been Maine’s high school equivalency test since 2014, when it replaced the GED. Adult learners without a high school diploma can receive a Maine High School Equivalency Diploma by completing HiSET’s five subject tests in Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies .
There is no cost to Maine residents for HiSET tests or prep courses. Past HiSET subject tests are still valid, and learners who have taken some of the HiSET subject tests in the past are encouraged to return to their local adult education program to complete their HiSET test.
More than 60 adult education programs across Maine offer a range of educational services to help adults develop the skills needed for new educational opportunities, job training, and better employment.