Guidelines for Earning a High School Equivalency diploma on the Basis of Earned College
A New York State High School Equivalency diploma will be issued to a student who satisfactorily
completes 24 applicable credits toward a degree or certificate. The credits must include
Six credits in English;
Three credits in Mathematics;
Three credits in Natural Science;
Three credits in Social Science;
Three credits in Humanities; and
Six credits in college degree program requirements.
The following procedures must be followed by any student wishing to receive a High
School Equivalency (HSE) diploma through study at Dutchess Community College.
The student should apply to the school as a Part-Time Non-Degree Study student through our application page found here.
The student must take any necessary placement tests offered through the Testing Center.
For more information, visit our Placement Testing Page. If you are unsure of which
test(s) are needed, please see the Assistant Registrar in the Registrar’s Office (SSC-201).
The student must complete 24 credits as specified above as a non-matriculated student
with a C average (2.0) or better applicable to his/her curriculum in order to satisfy
High School Equivalency requirements. Non-credit bearing courses such as ENG 091 will
not count toward this requirement.
Once the courses are complete, the student MUST complete an application through the
secretary to the registrar in the Registrar’s Office and pay the fee required by the
State Education Department. This form, after it is signed by the registrar, is forwarded
to the State Education Department, along with an official copy of the student’s transcript,
for the issuance of a New York State High School Equivalency diploma. The student
may expect to receive the High School Equivalency diploma by mail.
Students should note that the High School Equivalency/Earned College Credit program
can be completed only part time, and is not covered by financial aid.
Students wishing to explore non-credit options through our Community Services Office
can call (845) 790-3590 or click here for more information.