Frequently Asked High School Adult Diploma Questions

What is the High School Adult Diploma program?

The High School Adult Diploma program enables adults, ages 18 and over, to obtain a high school diploma if they were unable to complete high school.

What kind of diploma is it?

The Clark College High School Adult Diploma is a bona fide high school diploma issued from the State of Washington through Clark College. Our diploma meets the Washington State high school graduation requirements.

How do I enter the program?

You start the process by obtaining an official copy of your high school transcript and contacting the High School Adult Diploma program to schedule an appointment or to make other arrangements to have your high school and/or other applicable transcripts evaluated.

Your official transcript(s) will be evaluated and a determination made regarding the number of credits required for a diploma. If an evaluation of your transcript(s) indicates that you have enough credits for a diploma, you will be required to complete a Clark College class (minimum of 3 credits) before a diploma will be issued. Credit classes previously completed at Clark College may meet this requirement.

In most situations, you will be required to complete the Clark College placement (COMPASS) testing prior to registration. Contact the Assessment Center to make an appointment to take the test.

You will be able to register for classes at Clark College to fulfill remaining high school requirements. A three-credit hour college class equals one-half of a high school credit. A five-credit hour college class equals one full high school credit. Any transfer-level Clark College classes that are completed to fulfill high school diploma credits may also count toward college degree requirements.

How much does it cost?

Students 19 or older
Washington State residents pay $27.50 per college credit hour. If you have non-resident status, you will pay in-state tuition rates for any classes required to complete a high school diploma. You are responsible for any additional class fees and books.

Students who are 18
You will pay regular college tuition and all additional expenses.

How long does it take?

The length of time it will take you to earn a diploma depends on how many credits you need and the number of classes you can successfully complete each quarter.

Where can I get more information?

Contact the High School Adult Diploma program or Student Support Services for more information.