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Change Your Future with a GED (Individuals holding diplomas)

Moving families beyond poverty.

The Human Services Division can help you change your future by assisting you with obtaining your GED!

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, up to 36 percent of employers require a high school diploma or equivalency. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also indicates that individuals with less than a high school diploma only earn approximately $520 a week.

Income eligible St. Lucie County residents can obtain financial assistance with the GED courses and testing. Eligible households must meet the following requirements:

  • Live in St. Lucie County;
  • Be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Proof of income required.

Income guidelines below:

Household Members

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

Income Limit

$25,520

$34,480

$43,440

$52,400

$61,360

$70,320

$79,280

$88,240

 

St. Lucie County residents interested in receiving assistance should complete the questionnaire below. If you need assistance completing the online inquiry, please contact 772-462-1777, press 0.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does the program pay for?

Income eligible households can receive financial assistance with GED courses at Indian River State College and testing.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Applicants must currently reside in St. Lucie County and the household income may not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. A household is defined as an individual or group of individuals living together as one economic unit regardless of relation. Applicants living with their spouse or partner are considered a household. The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s). Applicants must have already taken the diagnostic and placement assessment (TABE) within the last year and be registered for GED courses at IRSC.

How is income eligibility determine?

Income eligibility is based on household size within the last 30 days. Gross income must be used per grant guidelines. A household is defined as an individual or group of individuals living together as one economic unit regardless of relation. Applicants living with their spouse or partner are considered a household. Verifying documentation required. The household must also demonstrate a need for service(s).

What is considered income?

The following is considered income per grant guidelines:

  • Money wages and salaries before any deductions;
  • Self-employment wages after deductions for business expenses;
  • Social Security payments;
  • Unemployment;
  • Worker’s compensation;
  • Veteran benefits;
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  • Alimony;
  • Child support;
  • And all other allowable sources of income as determined by the grant guidelines.

Verifying documentation required.

What documents are required?

The following documents must be provided at the time of appointment:

  • Picture ID for all adults in the household 18 or older
  • Social Security Cards for all in household
  • Birth Certificates for all children in the household under 18
  • Proof of all household income for prior 30 days
  • Copy of housing lease/rental agreement, mortgage statement, and/or notarized statement from the property owner if renting a room
  • Utility bill showing current address
  • 1 to 2 Months of Bank Statements for all accounts held by household members
  • Food stamp award letter
  • Class schedule

Additional documents may be requested including but not limited to custody documentation, household bills, etc.

How is this program funded?

The Human Services Division receives the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) from the State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity. These funds aim to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities and help promote self-sufficiency.

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GED Questionnair

Please correct the field(s) marked in red below:

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Please provide your contact information.
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Please provide your contact information.
2
How did you hear about our program? 
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How did you hear about our program?
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How many individuals are residing at the same address? Please include any children.
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Please select all forms of income currently being received by all individuals in the household.
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Please select all forms of income currently being received by all individuals in the household.
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What is the household’s monthly gross income?
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Have you taken the diagnostic and placement assessment (TABE) within the last year?
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Have you taken the diagnostic and placement assessment (TABE) within the last year?
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Are your registered for GED courses at Indian River State College?
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Are your registered for GED courses at Indian River State College?
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    This program is supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services as part of an award totaling $334,313. Services are offered when funds are available.