GED? CHSPE? What You Need to Know About Financial Aid for College in 2014

GED? CHSPE? What You Need to Know About Financial Aid for College in 2014

Have you been thinking about going back to school to learn a new career, but aren’t sure how you’re going to pay for it? A variety of new measures passed in the last couple years have changed the way a lot of people can further their education, so it’s important to update yourself on your options. Getting back in school is not as hard as you think!

If you want to qualify for financial aid for college, you pretty much HAVE to have your GED, pass the California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE), or get your high school diploma. A 2012 law closed the door to financial aid on students who never graduated high school and never earned a GED (or recognized equivalency) as a way to save money, except…

ort colleges in los angeles california1. …You Might Still Qualify for Financial Aid
“I had to leave high school before I could finish. Can I qualify for Financial Aid to get an education that will lead to a career?”
Yes, sort of. Were you ever enrolled in college courses before July 1, 2012? If so, you are still eligible to apply for Financial Aid. The new law only applies to brand new students. Of course, if you are a brand new student seeking higher education and did not complete High School, there is another option:

2. Get Your GED
It’s tough out there. Trying to work GED classes into your schedule and your budget is never going to be super easy.

The key thing to remember is this: You aren’t alone!
Lots of people have the same problems you face and lots of other people are ready to help. The State of California has also provided new money specifically for helping the adult education programs but the Los Angeles Unified School District has already said it won’t be offering the GED preparation classes this year. There is currently more than one type of GED exam out there and the LAUSD is waiting to see which becomes favored by the state.

What to do then? There are a variety of different places offering GED prep classes. If you are interested in learning more you can start by calling LA ORT’s student advisers or visiting LAUSD’s Adult Education Site.
Many folks working at colleges around America are unhappy about the new GED requirement.

As the Los Angeles Times has stated, “They worry the new policy will shut out older students seeking training to find a new job, immigrants, and students in states where money for basic adult education has been cut…”

la ort career colleges in los angeles3. Help Is Already Here!
There are lots of ways you can get help funding your education, the trick is just learning about them. So why not contact the experts? There are numerous learning centers, job training centers and more that can help you at an individual level and your unique situation.

All it takes is getting in touch with them to get started.
If you don’t have time to go to GED classes, KLCS, the Los Angeles Public Television station (Channel 58 for most cable, DirectTV, and over-the-air televisions) is airing GED prep videos weekdays from 4:00 am – 5:00 am, so you can get a little learning in while you eat breakfast!

We know this information can be hard to wrap your head around. We will be happy to answer any questions how you can attend LA ORT College and afford it. Speak to an adviser today and see more about our Associate’s degrees. 

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.