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High School Dropouts

If you have dropped out of high school and are between the ages of 18 and 24, please refer to the following career paths that can help you obtain your high school diploma and/or advance your career:

Opportunity Program Requirements

How to Obtain
Documents or
Criteria

Financial Aid Options
Duration
High school diploma

New Jersey Youth Corps

 Job Corps

Depends on
registration

Depends on
registration

Depends on
registration

Depends on
registration
Apprenticeship

Registered Apprenticeship

Depends on registration Depends on
registration
Depends on registration  1-6 years**

Training program

New Jersey's Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL)

 

High school diploma/HSE
 
 
Selective Service registration*
 

Adult literacy for HSE

 
Selective Service verification

Contact Your One-Stop Career Center

 

6 months -2 years.**

Two-year college

Community colleges/priority schools

High school diploma/HSE

 

Selective Service registration*

Adult literacy for HSE

 
Selective Service verification

 

FAFSA


Scholarships: Chegg


Scholarships: FastWeb

 2-3 years**
Four-year college Recognized colleges/universities

High school diploma/HSE

 

Selective Service registration*

 

Adult literacy for HSE

 
Selective Service verification

 

FAFSA


Scholarships: Chegg


Scholarships: FastWeb

 4-6 years**

* Men born on or after January 1, 1960, must register with the Selective Service System within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Late registrations are accepted, but not after a man reaches his 26th birthday.
**Each individual applicant's situation varies.