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 Foundation stipend and scholarship

The Peierls Foundation stipend covers the cost of state-approved HSE subject tests, processing fees, and the HSE certificate. Students must pay any retest fees. To qualify, applicants must:

  • Achieve the required score on one official practice test.
  • Complete at least 30 hours of ACC High School Equivalency classes and maintain a 75 percent attendance rate until all HSE exam sections are completed.
  • Obtain a recommendation from an ACC Adult Education instructor.
  • Present a photo ID.

Apply for the stipend

To request a copy of the Peierls Foundation Stipend Application, please contact

Using the stipend

  • Peierls stipends can be used at ACC Testing Centers only. HSE testing is offered at ACC’s Highland Campus and Round Rock Campus testing centers.
  • Recipients receive a test fee voucher that must be used within two weeks of the date of pick up. After two weeks, the voucher expires and will not be reissued. 
  • Recipients must take at least one HSE test within the first month of receiving the stipend and at least three HSE tests within the first six months or the stipend will be withdrawn.
  • Stipend recipients must complete HSE testing within one year.

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 HSE 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 Pat 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.

For more information

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