Students with a GED (General Educational Development) diploma qualify for financial aid in college in the same way as high school graduates do. The GED has legally the same value as a high school degree.
Keep in mind, though, that in most states, the GED test is not free. In most states, taking the four GED subtests (Math, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Science) will set you back around $144, though there are states that offer the exam at reduced fees or even totally free for state residents.
To qualify for financial support to finance your college education, you are required to hold a high school diploma or GED. If you hold an associate’s degree, you also qualify for financial aid.
Bear also in mind, though, that even students who don’t meet these requirements may still be able to get financial aid for their college education under the ATB (Ability to Benefit) Act.
So if you apply to college with a GED, the same types of financial aid are available to you as to applicants with a common high school credential. All students looking to receive financial aid must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, generally referred to as FAFSA.
There are a number of financial aid options available, including federal loan programs, federal grant programs, scholarships, tuition reimbursement incentives, and financial aid for veterans.