FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Governor Andy Beshear and Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman announced Tuesday that Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), will waive testing fees for Kentuckians seeking to earn a GED.
Beshear says the GED test fee is one of the most common barriers facing adults lacking education in Kentucky. With more than 335,000 Kentuckians without a GED or high school diploma, EWDC gave $600,000 in state funding to waive test fees, which is $120 for all four courses in Kentucky.
According to Beshear, more than half of the people who do not have a GED or high school diploma are currently not participating in the state’s workforce. He says by waiving testing fees, Kentuckians who are either unemployed or underemployed due to lack of education will now have the access they need.
Officials say Kentucky Skills U provides no-cost adult education services in all 120 Kentucky counties. Students can prepare for the GED, transition to post-secondary education, or receive career and training for employment. Students may also be eligible for GED Plus, which allows students to earn a GED and college credential at the same time through the Work Ready Scholarship.
Kentucky requires the GED Ready Practice test be taken prior to the exam. The GED Ready test is available at no cost through Kentucky Skills U.
For more information, visit kyskillsu.gov or text MYGED to 74700 to connect with a nearby Kentucky Skills U center.