Paying for Your HSE Exam

Financial Assistance for Your Transition to College

Several Austin organizations offer scholarships and vouchers to help qualified students pay high school equivalency (HSE) exam fees. Contact an Adult Education advisor for more information.

Peierls Scholarship

The $1,500 Peierls Foundation Scholarship ($750 per semester) is open to students who have received their HSE credential through ACC’s Adult Education program during the year prior to the scholarship deadline. The scholarship covers tuition, fees, and books and may be used for any program at ACC that leads to a certificate or associate degree. Students who have almost completed HSE testing may apply, but the scholarship is not awarded until notification of successful HSE credential completion.

Apply for the Scholarship

Applicants for the Peierls Foundation scholarship must present a valid Social Security card or photo ID. Recipients must:

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of six hours with a 2.0 GPA (‘C’ average).
  2. Enroll in a one-hour College Success course.
  3. Attend a required Peierls orientation and take the TSI college readiness assessment.
  4. Turn in a Progress Report each semester on scholarship and connect with a Student Outreach Specialist monthly.

Learn about the Peierls Foundation Scholarship Application or request one from your High School Equivalency class instructor. Complete all sections:

  • Personal information
  • Financial information
  • Student essay
  • Instructor recommendation
  • Scholarship checklist
  • Eligibility criteria

Submit your application to an Adult Education office. Contact Patricia Culpepper (email:, phone: 512-223-7825) for application deadlines.

Scholarship recipients are notified by mail. The selection process is competitive and not all applicants receive a scholarship. Remember — completeness and neatness counts.

Learn More

For information about the Peierls Foundation programs or other options for paying for your HSE test, contact an Adult Education Office.

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