High School Equivalency Diploma (HSE)


Designed for adults who did not complete a high school education or who wish to strengthen their skills before pursuing college classes or employment. 

Sandhills Community College currently offers official GED® and HiSET® testing services. Various instructional methods available to meet all students’ needs including Day, Evening, Online, and Virtual classes. All classes are FREE to our students.  

Class Days Time Location
Mondays-Thursdays 8 am-2 pm Van Dusen Hall, Pinehurst Campus
Mondays and Wednesday 6-9 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-9 pm The Robbins Center, 110 N. Middleton St.
Mondays-Thursdays 8 am-2 pm Upchurch Hall, Hoke Center
Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30-8:30 pm


HSE Online

A self-led, computer-based program available 24/7 for students who qualify. A minimum of ten hours of weekly online coursework is required to remain active in program.


How to Get Started?  


The completion of pre-assessments and attendance of an orientation is required. Orientations are offered in both Moore and Hoke Counties. With a valid score on the assessment, students will be placed in the appropriate level class.

Step 1: Complete an Online Orientation Request to schedule your pre-assessment appointment. You will then be contacted by a College and Career Readiness team member to answer your questions and set up an appointment. 

NOTE: All 16- and 17-year-old minors must complete and have notarized a Petition for the Admission of a Minor form and meet with a college official prior to attending orientation. For Moore County, please contact Beckie Kimbrell at 910-695-3779 or kimbrellr@sandhills.edu to schedule a Minor Admission appointment. For Hoke County, contact Delia Burnett at 910-848-4300 or burnettd@sandhills.edu.  

Step 2: After completing your pre-assessment, you will be eligible to attend our next scheduled Orientation where you will learn about your class options and receive information about starting class.  



How will it take me to complete my HSE?  Everyone enters our program at a different level and moves through the program at a different rate. The best answer is: That is up to YOU!  

How much will it cost me?  Classes are free, and we provide assistance paying for official exams!  

I have a complicated schedule, will I have to attend every day?  Adults have complicated schedules and responsibilities. That is why we have various class options! But the more you attend, the faster you will get through the program.  

For additional questions, please contact: 

Moore County Coordinator: Beckie Kimbrell at 910-695-3779 or kimbrellr@sandhills.edu 

Hoke County Coordinator: Delia Burnett at 910-848-4300 or burnettd@sandhills.edu 


HSE Testing

Sandhills Community College offers official GED® and HiSET® testing. High School Equivalency testing is by appointment only and is held on the Pinehurst campus and at the Sandhills Hoke Center in Raeford.


GED® Testing Service

Sandhills Community College provides financial assistance in paying for official high school equivalency testing to active students.

All testers must bring a picture ID and Social Security card and follow the strict test policy of the test vendor. 

Sara Fusonie
High School Equivalency Chief Examiner 
113-A Van Dusen Hall 
(910) 695-3777 


Why Earn a HSE?

Obtaining a High School Equivalency diploma is the gateway to new beginnings, new opportunities and new ways to view yourself and what is possible. It can help you start a new life at work and at home.

One study showed that a high school dropout who obtains a High School Equivalency diploma could see an income rise of 43 percent. Graduates make an average of $385,000 more in their lifetime than people without. That’s a raise of $12,000 a year for most people.

A High School Equivalency diploma becomes more lucrative when the student goes on to college. The average income for college graduates is $44,000, more than double the income of people who haven’t graduated high school.

Two Years of Tuition and Fees Paid in Full for HSE Graduates

Students who earn a High School Equivalency diploma at SCC and committed to earning a college degree or a Workforce Continuing Education credential, and have proven themselves in the classroom, can apply for the HSE Scholars Program. Provided will be two full years of tuition and fees to earn a college degree or a WCE credential. Eligibility begin the semester after the final HSE test and will end six consecutive semesters later. SCC HSE graduates not qualifying for the program are eligible to receive a $250 scholarship to use at Sandhills within one year.

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