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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/HSE Classes

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 the campus of your choice.

HSE Transcript Request Form

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 18 years of age or older.

Exceptions for Testing

16 and 17 year olds must:

  • Not be currently enrolled in K-12 school.
  • Provide documentation (withdrawal form) signed by the superintendent/designee certifying the applicant has been released from compulsory school attendance by the school board.
  • Have consent from parent or legal guardian.

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.


Hinds Community College is proud to offer the following scholarships to eligible high school equivalency diploma recipients:

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 achieved a minimum required score on the GED, HiSET, or TASC (see score requirements below). Qualifying students may receive the HSE Diploma scholarship in the amount of $1,000 per semester. In order to retain the HSE scholarship, the recipient must enroll in and be marked present in 15 credit hours per semester, must complete each semester with 12 or more credit hours, and must maintain a 2.5 cumulative 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.

Criteria to be eligible to receive a High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship:
  1. Submit one of the following official High School Equivalency scores:
    • If the student took the GED on or before December 31, 2013, a composite score of 577 or higher
    • If the student took the GED on or after January 1, 2014, a composite score of 640 or higher
    • If the student took the HiSET, a composite score of 75 or above
    • If the student took the TASC, a composite score of 2800 or above
  2. Must be admitted to the college as an in-state student
  3. Must be 17 years of age or older
  4. Must be a first-time entering freshman (Hinds is the first college you attend after receiving your GED). Students are still eligible for a High School Equivalency Diploma scholarship if they:
    • Attended summer school prior to enrolling at Hinds CC as a full-time student
    • Participated in dual enrollment/dual credit classes before receiving the GED
    • Participated in an Integrated Career Pathways (MI-BEST) program at Hinds CC
  5. Submit a High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship Application