Ability to Benefit Program

No high school diploma? No problem!

Qualifying adult learners can take college credit courses for selected careers, even if they don’t have a high school diploma.

The Ability to Benefit program is for adults who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate. You must be enrolled in our High School Equivalency/GED program, and you must be eligible for federal financial aid.

Prior to taking college credit classes

The first step is to enroll in a pre-college seminar class. After successful completion of this class, you are eligible to take credit courses. If you are already taking HSE classes, please reach out to us at cpw@austincc.edu.   

Begin your college career for free

Once accepted into the program, you will choose one of the level 1 certificate programs below. The cost of your first two classes — including tuition and fees, textbooks/equipment, and a Capital Metro Green Pass — is covered.

You must arrive to class on time and participate, complete all assignments, and attend a weekly support class in addition to your college classes. You may lose eligibility for the program if you are unable to meet these requirements. After successfully completing the first two classes (earning a grade of C or above), you may begin utilizing financial aid to pay for additional classes and materials.

If you already have a high school diploma or equivalency certificate, please consider our other Career Pathways programs or contact an Adult Education advisor to explore other options.

Choose your certificate program

Business Pathways

Computer Science & Information Technology Pathways

Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies Pathways

Note: A prior criminal conviction could keep you from obtaining the state license required for certain careers. If you have a question about your background and licensure, contact Career Pathways staff to setup an appointment.  You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.