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GED vs diploma?

  1. May 28, 2012 #1
    I dropped out of high-school this year, was tired of everyone telling me to go to college when I didn't even know what I wanted to do. I want to go into astronomy/cosmology with a minor in physics. I live next to the cheapest college in Florida, I know this because it is advertised as such. I know ill be able to get my associates their, but will having a GED prevent me from getting loans or grants? Possibly prevent me from getting into a good university after getting my AA, even if I have really good grades?
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  3. May 29, 2012 #2
    If you have really good grades post-highschool, I wouldn't imagine it would hurt your chances much if you have a GED (unless you wanted to go to a prestigious school). I can't say for certain, but I would doubt it. Having a GED would certainly not prevent you from getting loans or grants from FAFSA (your/your parents' income might though on the latter).

    Here in California, most of the Universities have "transfer agreements" with the local community colleges. If you do courses from a specified program along with the lower division major requirements, you're practically guaranteed entrance with a decent GPA (some schools it is as low as ~2.5GPA others it is >3.5). However, I believe they are changing this to require an associate's degree prior to transfer. I'm not sure how it is in FL, even though I went to highschool there, but that is something to look into.
  4. May 29, 2012 #3
    Thankyou, i just needed some reassurance.
  5. May 29, 2012 #4
    I graduated with a GED. Then I went into community colleges. I did well, then I transferred to one of the top engineering schools in the country. You won't be burdened by the GED.
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