GED Seekers

Legislative Scholarships

In Maryland there are two ways an individual who has dropped out of school before graduating may earn a high school diploma.

1. GED®

In order to qualify as a GED candidate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • be at least 17 years of age at the time of testing,
  • resident of Maryland
  • have not obtained a Maryland high school diploma or high school certificate or diploma issued by another state or school, or
  • have obtained a Maryland High School Certificate of Program Completion in accordance with COMAR 13A.03.02.

In order to pass the test, a minimum score must be obtained in the content areas of Reasoning through Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Mathematics.

Learn more about the GED® Testing, or call 410-767-0538.

2. National Adult External Diploma Program (NEDP)

In order to qualify for the National Adult External Diploma Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older
  • not enrolled in regular high school and
  • demonstrate essential academic competencies and life skills.

Academic skill areas include: reading, writing, mathematics, oral communication, and critical thinking. Life skills relate to occupational, self, social, aesthetic, consumer, and scientific awareness. This is not a class attendance-based program. Participants are expected to meet periodically with an assessor to develop a portfolio that proves they have acquired the skills required to be awarded a Maryland High School Diploma.

This is an online-format program designed for self-directed youth and adults with life and work experiences and familiarity operating the computer. This program offers flexible scheduling and confidentiality.

For more about the National External Diploma Program, call 410-767-0188.

National Adult External Diploma Program (NEDP) flyer provided by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation