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Pierce College offers classwork that helps the individual prepare for the GED exam. A GED is a certificate that is equivalent to a high school diploma. It allows students to meet most employment criteria and the educational eligibility requirement for federal financial aid. With a GED, you can pursue higher education, obtain jobs & earn promotions or achieve personal goals. Courses include writing, mathematics, reading, history and science. Classes meet for 5-12 hours per week and are available mornings, afternoons, or evenings. Classes are offered at the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses.

While each student's situation is unique, a GED certificate is generally recommended for students who have not yet obtained at least junior year standing (at least 16 credits) in high school and are under the age of 20.

Students who are younger than 19 yrs old, who have not yet graduated from high school, must submit a release from the school district in which they reside.

New students will attend an orientation and be scheduled for state required testing. Students are then enrolled in classes based on their skills assessment results.

Cost: $25 tuition fee per student per quarter.

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Winter Quarter runs: January 4 – March 23

For questions, more information, or to start your enrollment process, please contact:

Official GED test: You may register for your Official GED test by going online to, or calling 1-877-392-6433. There are four GED subject tests (Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics); each test costs $30.

Fort Steilacoom Campus

Debbie Murphy
Program Support Supervisor
Cascade Bldg – CAS 302

Puyallup Campus

Kylie Brodie
Basic Skills Program Coordinator
Gaspard Administrative Bldg – ADM 106