ABE/High School Equivalency (HSE)
The Hinds Community College Adult Education department’s mission is to increase the educational attainment level of working-age Mississippians without a high school diploma, while also increasing their employability skills by assisting them in transitioning into college-level programs. The key areas are Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE) testing.
A variety of ABE courses, HSE testing dates and locations are available. Please see the links below to learn more about program eligibility, testing schedules and HSE® scholarships. At Hinds, we hope you find the flexibility and support you need to continue your education, start a new job or build a better life!
ABE courses are free. These services are offered for HSE test preparation and other general skills such as reading, writing and math. For more information, contact Ms. Carla Causey at 601.857.3913.
The HSE First Class Free Award allows a new, first-time college student with a HSE (High School Equivalency) certificate to take one three-hour class at any of the six Hinds locations, free of charge. Students must submit an application for the HSE First Class Free Award to the Office of Admissions with their Application for Admission. The HSE First Class Free Award will not be made after the first scheduled full day of classes. The award may be made in the Summer, Fall or Spring terms and is not renewable. Students receiving the HSE Scholarship are not eligible for the free class award.
The HSE Scholarship is for first-time college students who are Mississippi residents and are at least 17 years old. The HSE Scholarship is awarded to HSE recipients who achieve a minimum score of 150 in each subject area with a cumulative score of 640 or above on the GED®, score a minimum of 15 on each subtest with a cumulative score of 75 or above on the HiSET®, or score a minimum of 560 in each subject with a cumulative score of 580 or above on the TASC. The recipient must enroll in 15 semester hours of credit and remain enrolled in 15 hours through midterm of the 16-week term. The scholarship is valued at $1,000 and can be renewed for a total of four semesters if the student maintains a 2.5 grade point average. A student may not receive both the ACT Scholarship and HSE Scholarship. The HSE Scholarship will not be awarded after the first scheduled full day of classes. Students must submit an application for the HSE Scholarship to the Office of Admissions with their Application for Admission.
HSE Testing Schedule
HSE® testing is offered on the Raymond, Vicksburg, and Jackson campuses; computer-based only. All three HSE exams (GED®, HiSET®, and TASC™) are offered on the Raymond campus.
Click on the links below to learn more about testing costs, eligibility requirements and the HSE test schedule. The test schedule is also available on-line.
To be eligible for the HSE test, individuals must be at least 17 years of age and have officially withdrawn from school.
A current valid picture identification (driver's license or government ID) is required at the time of testing.
Successful completion of the HSE results in a certificate of high school equivalency. See the schedule below under "HSE Test Preparation Sites" for further information and registration at the Jackson-Academic/Technical Center, Raymond, Utica and Vicksburg/Warren Campus.