High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED)

High School Equivalency Diploma

You can earn your high school diploma for free with the HSED program (High School Equivalency Diploma) at several locations at Western Iowa Tech Community College. 


  1. Contact the location directly to enroll.
  2. Attend orientation. Please note - orientation is approximately three hours long.
  3. Complete your registration form. Students under the age of 18 have additional paperwork.
  4. Take your placement tests.
  5. Attend HSED classes.

Click on the specific campus for more information on enrollment and class dates/times.

Sioux City


There is no cost to take the HSED class. However, students are strongly recommended to purchase textbooks. The books are available through the WITCC bookstore and range in price from $17 - $40. Students will also need to pay for the HiSET exam at the end of the class. The cost of the HiSET exam is $53.75. Financial assistance is available for students who are unable to pay for the testing fee and books. Speak with your teacher about obtaining a voucher.

Class Options

Students have several options to complete their HSED. Each option is discussed during orientation.

Option 1: Take the HiSET® Exam

This option can be face-to-face or online. The HiSET® exam is held at the end of the HSED course and consists of five subject areas: reading, writing, social studies, science and math. Students must pass all five subtests prior to receiving their High School Equivalency Diploma. Before taking the official HiSET® exam, students will take practice tests in each subject area to make sure they are prepared for the official exam. Testing is available in English and Spanish.

Option 2: Transfer High School Credits

This online only option is for students who have already taken high school courses. You can transfer your existing credits from your high school to WITCC. Your HSED coursework may be changed based on the number of remaining credits needed to complete your degree. To transfer your credits, send an official high school transcript to your HSED teacher to evaluate before orientation.

Option 3: Transfer Your Degree

This online-only option is for students who have already earned a postsecondary degree or foreign postsecondary degree (such as bachelor, associate degree etc.). You must bring in an official copy of your transcripts and diploma to orientation. For this option, you must be an Iowa resident for at least 90 days before enrolling.