High School Equivalency

The High School Equivalency program is responsive to the needs of adult learners who desire to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma. This program is offered at no charge with convenient class offerings that include both in person and online options. The program is administered by the ECC Division of College and Career Readiness.

Please contact  (252) 618-6707 Rocky Mount Campus or (252) 618-6680 for the Tarboro campus. You may also email washingtonl@edgecombe.edu, or visit one of our two campus locations.


Admission into the High School Equivalency program requires that prospective students meet the following requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older. Students who are 16 or 17 years of age must complete an admissions packet requiring the written permission of the principal, superintendent, and parent or legal guardian.
  • Complete student application and registration forms.


Books are supplied by the college for student use in class.

Testing Fees

Students registering to take HiSet or GED series exams must register and pay for any computer or paper-based tests. Official tests may be taken in English or Spanish or a combination of both languages. Students also must submit a copy of their social security card and approved photo identification.

Off Campus

Edgecombe Community College operates off-campus classes for High School Equivalency students in Edgecombe County. Classes may be held at any approved location where 15 or more students complete the registration process and attend regularly. Please contact Dr. LaShawnda Washington at (252) 618-6704, for more information about attending or starting an off-campus class.

Time Frame

Hours of attendance or completion are not predefined. However, careful emphasis is placed on competency and the successful completion of expected objectives. Learning materials are semi-programmed and students progress at their own learning pace. Students may continue to work and re-enroll in the program until they successfully complete all of requirements necessary to earn a credential.

Requirements for Graduation

Advising services are provided by the College and Career Readiness advisors. Students receive an individual study plan upon program entry.

HSE Transcript and Diploma Requests

Test-takers who have completed the GED or HiSet test requirements and have earned a high school equivalency diploma should visit diplomasender.com. You will be required to create a username and password. If you received the GED diploma, you may enter your Social Security number for the student test ID. If you received the HiSet diploma, you will need your HiSet test ID number (this can be obtained by accessing your HiSet test account, or calling and speaking with the ECC College and Career Readiness department director or GED Examiner). For recent graduates, please wait two weeks to request your complimentary documents. More information may be obtained by calling the PSI Customer Service Center at 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4738).