Ohio Options for a High School Diploma

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Approximately 874,499 working-age adults in Ohio have not completed a high school diploma (or equivalent). Adults without a high school diploma are at a disadvantage when competing for Ohio’s in-demand jobs. If you do not have a high school diploma, here is a map to help you find the programs near you.


Competency-Based Diploma Pilot Program

The Competency-Based Diploma Pilot Program helps adults earn a high school diploma. The program is free to adults who are 18-21 years old, living in Ohio, withdrawn from school, and do not have a diploma or High School Equivalence. The Pilot will run from Jan. 10, 2024 to June 30, 2025.​

Adult Diploma Program

The Adult Diploma Program provides job training and a new pathway for adults, ages 20 or older, to earn a high school diploma AND industry credentials aligned to one of Ohio’s in-demand jobs.

High School Equivalency (HSE)

The Ohio High School Equivalence (HSE) provides learners 18 years of age and older, the opportunity to gain the academic skills and credentials needed for postsecondary education and workforce development. Test takers who are 16 & 17 years of age may also apply with approved documentation. 

High School Continuation Program

The High School Continuation Program allows participating local school districts to issue high school diplomas to individuals 16 or older who have met certain requirements.

Additional Adult Learner Resources

The Ohio Department of Higher Education offers programs to Ohio residents who want to advance their skills, pursue a new career, attend college or finish a workforce certificate or college degree.