Students with Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential or IEP Diploma

A New York State Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential replaced the New York State Individual Education Program (IEP) diploma, effective July 1, 2013. Neither the (former) IEP diploma nor the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential are acceptable for entrance into a program requiring high school graduation or a HSE (GED). Please see also STUDENTS WITHOUT A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. 

Students Without a High School Diploma

smiling female studentApplicants who are interested in pursuing a certificate or degree but have not completed their high school requirements may enter our High School Equivalency program as a Non-Matriculated student.

Upon satisfactory evidence that a non-matriculated student has successfully completed 24 credits in the designated areas listed below, the student may apply to the New York State Education Department for issuance of a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma Based on Earned College Credit. The application and College Credit Certification Form for this diploma can be found at the New York State Education Department's website. An official transcript of courses completed must be forwarded with these forms from NCCC to the State Education Department.

Non-Matriculated Student Registration

Credits State Education Requirements NCCC Courses
6 Writing/English Language Arts ENG, LIT, SPE
3 Mathematics MAT
3 Natural Science BIO, CHE, PHY or PHS
3 Social Science ANT, CRJ, ECO, HIS, HUS, GEO, PSC, PSY OR SOC
3 Humanities ART 101, FRE, GER, ITA, ENG, LIT, MUS 101, PHI, SLA, SPA, OR THA
6 Any course within the certification program

*Academic Foundations courses, designated by the first digit 0 in the course number, do not apply toward this 24 credit requirement. Also, courses with AAC or GES prefix do not count toward this 24 credit requirement.

Because of the demands of college, this method of obtaining an equivalency diploma is most appropriate for persons at least 18 years of age who have experienced a break in their formal education.

However, in some cases the needs of younger students who possess the maturity and seriousness of purpose to succeed in college can be met. All applicants under 18 years of age must be recommended to the program by their high school counselor and must have successfully completed grade 10. Any applicant under 18 years of age must be approved by the Director of Admissions. All applicants must meet minimum placement assessment scores.

*Note: Subject to standard tuition and fees and is not eligible to receive Financial Aid. Financial aid may become available once the student is awarded and the College receives the high school equivalency. See Tuition and Fees Section of the College Catalog.