College Credit and Out-of-State Testing

College Credit

The New York State High School Equivalency Diploma Based on Earned College Credit may be awarded to candidates who have completed 24 credits (or its equivalent) as a recognized candidate for a degree or a certificate at an approved institution. (Refer to Attachment J)

  • The NYSED Adult Education High School Equivalency Office does not recognize, nor evaluate, secondary or post-secondary transcripts from countries outside of the United States.
  • The NYSED Adult Education High School Equivalency Office does not recognize, nor evaluate, transcript evaluations of foreign secondary or post-secondary credits.
  • In New York State all applicants must have reached “maximum compulsory school attendance age” to be awarded the HSE diploma based on college credit. Applicants reach “maximum compulsory school attendance age” when the school year in which they turn sixteen (16) years of age has ended (June 30). In New York City, and in some other public school districts throughout the State, applicants reach “maximum compulsory school attendance age” when the school year in which they turn seventeen (17) years of age has ended (June 30).

Important Note: Do not send cash. Only money orders or certified checks payable to the "New York State Education Department" will be accepted.

To have your credits reviewed:

  1. Complete Attachment J for College Credit
  2. Enclose a certified check or money order for $10.00
  3. Enclose official college transcripts from all institutions of higher education
  4. Send to:

    THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
    HSE Office
    P.O. Box 7348
    Albany, New York 12224-0348

Out-of-State Testing

The New York State High School Equivalency diploma may also be awarded to those candidates who meet all New York State requirements and who submit an official report of results from a GED® Test taken outside New York State prior to 2014. Candidates will receive a diploma and an official transcript certifying that they were awarded the New York State High School Equivalency diploma based on GED® testing out of state.

Important Note: There is a $10.00 non-refundable fee. Please do not send cash. Only money orders or certified checks payable to the "New York State Education Department" will be accepted.

To obtain a copy of your diploma:

  1. Download and complete Attachment I
  2. Enclose a certified check or money order for $10.00.
  3. Contact the state where you previously tested to request that an official, sealed copy of your GED® (2002-2013) or TASC®( 2014-present) score report be sent to the HSE Office. If you took the GED® Tests outside of New York State before 2002, please contact our office for more information at (518) 474-5906.
  4. Send to:

THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
HSE Office
P.O. Box 7348
Albany, New York 12224-0348

College Admissions

One in twenty college freshman holds a high school credential earned by taking and passing the HSE Tests.