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High School Equivalency Program (24-Credit Hour Program)

The High School Equivalency Program is for New York State residents who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Non-high school graduate
  • Graduate from non-registered school within New York State
  • Individual with correspondence school diplomas

The High School Equivalency Program of the New York State Education Department has established the following guidelines for granting an equivalency diploma based on earned college credit.

A student who has not earned a high school diploma may be issued a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma if the student successfully completes 24 college credits (specific course distribution is noted below). Hudson Valley Community College does not grant the New York State High School Equivalency Diploma. The college offers the courses necessary to apply for the diploma through the New York State Education Department.

24-College Credit Distribution for High School Equivalency Diploma:

  • 6 credits—English language arts
  • 3 credits—mathematics
  • 3 credits—natural science
  • 3 credits—social science
  • 3 credits—humanities
  • 6 credits—college degree program requirements

Upon completion of the 24 credits, the student must submit the required application form, fee and transcript request to the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office will forward the appropriate paperwork to the New York State Education Department for certification and awarding of the equivalency diploma. Specific information may be found at

Students admitted to the 24-Credit Hour Program may be considered by the college as a recognized candidate for matriculation into the Individual Studies degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid. However, if a student successfully passes the required sections of the ACCUPLACER placement test, the applicant may be eligible for New York State aid (Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP.)

Hudson Valley Community College will consider an Application for Admission from students who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency, providing they meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. Student has reached "maximum" compulsory school attendance age.*
  2. The student must contact the Admissions office for an individual appointment to discuss and determine eligibility for enrollment.
  3. The student must take a placement test to determine if, in the judgment of the college, the student has a reasonable chance of succeeding in college coursework.
  4. The student must enroll in the coursework recommended by the college following placement testing, a personal interview with an academic advisor and submission of supportive academic transcripts or recommendations as requested by the college.

*Maximum compulsory school attendance age is reached when the school year in which the student turned 16 (or in some districts, 17) has ended (June 30). Students of compulsory school age who have yet to complete a four-year high school program and who seek to enroll in full-time college study are required to submit verification from the school district of residence that he/she will be meeting the compulsory education requirements through full-time college study. This verification must be in the form of an approved Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) that includes such full-time college study.

Successful applicants to this program will only be admitted to the college's Individual Studies program.

Students who have or will be graduating with an Individual Education Program (IEP) diploma should apply to the 24-Credit Hour Program.

New York State has established specific course requirements which must be completed to obtain an equivalency diploma. Students should work closely with their advisor to ensure the requirements are met.

Admission to the 24-Credit Hour Program does not automatically qualify students for state and federal financial aid (refer to Financial Aid section). Consult with an Admissions representative for more information.