24-Credit Hour Program
The 24-Credit Hour Program is for non-high
school graduates and students graduating from
non-registered schools or correspondence schools
both within and outside of New York State.
The High School Equivalency Program of the
New York State Education Department has
established the following guidelines for
granting an equivalency diploma based on
earned college credit:
A student who has not earned a high school
diploma may be issued a New York State
High School Equivalency Diploma. This will
be granted if satisfactory documentation is
provided of the student’s successful completion
of the required 24 college credits as a recognized
candidate for a college-level degree
or certificate at an approved institution.
If the only reason a student could not apply
the credits to a regular program is the lack of
a high school diploma or its equivalent, the
student may be considered by the college as a
recognized candidate for a degree or certificate
for the purpose of the equivalency diploma
The candidate must send a completed special
application form (DET 603A) and have the
institution where the credit was earned send
the credit certification form (DET 616) and a
transcript to the state Education Department.
In concert with this program, Hudson Valley
Community College will consider an
Application for Admission from students
who do not have a high school diploma or
equivalency, providing they meet the following
Student has reached “maximum” compulsory
school attendance age.*
The student must contact the Admissions
Office for an individual appointment to discuss
and determine eligibility for enrollment.
The student must take a placement test to
determine if, in the judgment of the college,
the student has a reasonable chance
of succeeding in college course work.
The student must enroll in the course work
recommended by the college following
placement testing, a personal interview
with an academic advisor, and submission
of supportive academic transcripts or recommendations
as requested by the college.
* Students of compulsory school age who
have yet to complete a four-year high school
program and who seek to enroll in full-time
college study are required to submit verification
from the school district of residence that
he/she will be meeting the compulsory education
requirements through full-time college
study. This verification must be in the form
of an approved Individualized Home
Instruction Plan (IHIP) that includes such
full-time college study.
Successful applicants to this program will
only be admitted to the college’s Individual
Students who have or will be graduating with an
Individual Education Program (IEP) diploma
should apply to the 24-CreditHour Program.
New York State has established specific
course requirements which must be completed
to obtain an equivalency diploma.
Students should work closely with their advisor
to ensure the requirements are met.
Admission to the 24-Credit Hour Program does
not automatically qualify students for state and
federal financial aid (refer to Financial
Aid section). Consult with an Admissions representative
for more information.