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HCC program cuts the cost of Adult Education

The Houston Community College Board of Trustees has approved lowering tuition for Adult Education students seeking to earn their GED or who are enrolled in specific career training programs. The reduced tuition opportunity pertains to students interested in high-paying careers such as welding, machining, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), construction, electrician and drafting because of the current demand for skilled workers.

The current maximum cost of tuition for a 12 credit hour semester is more than $800.00, but with reduced tuition, students can expect to spend no more than $100 per semester. Students who receive reduced tuition are still responsible for purchasing their own books and tools, paying program specific fees, immunizations, GED exams and college entrance assessment. HCC has resources that assist with these expenses so that out-of-pocket costs for the student can be minimal.

To receive reduced tuition, a student must live within the HCC District, be eligible to work in the United States, are older than the required school age, do not have a High School diploma or GED, are enrolled in GED preparation classes at HCC, are taking at least 12 credit hours of a select career training program and have a sixth grade-level competency in reading and math. Qualified students may receive reduced tuition regardless of income.

Students who are enrolled in the reduced tuition programs are expected to complete their GED or training in no more than two continuous full-term semesters. Some may be able to complete it in one. A student will not receive reduced tuition a year after the date they entered the program or if they have completed no more than 18 semester credit hours.

Adult Education applicants interested in receiving reduced tuition must contact the GED Transition to Training Program at or call 713.718.2311 or 713.718.5972.

About HCCHCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to

Lesa Spivey
Office of HCC Communications
P 713.718.5438

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