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Adult Secondary Education (ASE)

Earn Your High School Equivalency Certificate

City Colleges of Chicago offers free classes to help you earn your high school equivalency certificate, go to college, and build a career. Students seeking high school equivalency (HSE) may be eligible for scholarships covering more than half the cost of either the GED® or  HiSET® exams.                        



Our high school equivalency classes are free and students are eligible for up to 60% off the tests!

What You Will Learn

Any level of learner accepted, from beginner to advanced. Classes cover language arts, math, social studies, science, and computer navigation skills.         

At select locations, we also offer:         

  • Professional certificate classes
  • Citizenship classes


  • More than 70 locations in Chicago (class offerings vary by location)
  • Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend courses
  • Online classes available too!

Who is Eligible

Students must:         

  • Be 18 years or older
    • Or ​16/17 years old with a high school separation form
  • Live in Illinois

Apply Today

After applying, you will need to visit a City Colleges location to take the placement exam, which can take up to 3 hours.