High School Diploma vs. a GED

At Carpe Diem, we know that getting a diploma takes a lot of hard work, but we can assure you it’s worth it! The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report that shows some major differences between people who hold a high school diploma versus people who have a GED. Here are five reasons why that free high school diploma really does matter.


1. You Will Make More Money


According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have an accredited high

school diploma—like the one you would obtain at Carpe Diem—earn on average $179 more per week than those with a GED. That’s about $9,300 dollars more a year you could earn just by getting that diploma!


2. You Will Find a Job More Easily


Despite what many people think, GED actually stands for general education development and not general equivalency diploma. A GED does not hold the same

value as a high school diploma, and unfortunately a stigma follows those who have

GEDs as someone who quits or can’t work hard. According to the Bureau, people who have a GED have an unemployment rate of 11% whereas people with a high school diploma are only at 7.5%.


3. You’re More Likely to Stay in College


If you are thinking of attending college, you definitely want to make sure you get your diploma. For one reason, it will be much easier to get into college with a diploma versus a GED. Plus, reports show that 77% percent of people who hold a GED drop out of college after the first semester versus only 24% of those with a high school diploma.


4. A High School Diploma With Carpe Diem is Free!


At Carpe Diem, you can get your high school diploma for free! An average GED test costs about $120 and it holds less value, so why not get your education from Carpe Diem for free?


5. You Get to Enjoy the High School Experience


At your traditional school, you may be thinking you don’t like the high school experience. But at Carpe Diem, we have small classroom sizes and exciting school events so you can make friends in a safe, inviting way. Plus, you can follow us on Facebook where we keep you connected with all the latest news, making our high school experience something you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on!


Come enjoy a quality, tuition-free education that lets you work at your own pace with Carpe Diem! Classes begin August 8. To start your application, click here.