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Whatcom Community College offers adult basic education (ABE) classes for basic reading, writing and math brush-up, and GED test preparation. Some classes integrate computer skills. The following classes are available quarterly.

  • English: Build your Reading and Writing skills 
  • Math: Refresh your Math skills (basic calculations, algebra, geometry)
  • GED preparation: Language arts, math, social studies, science
  • WCC Math placement test preparation


Current & Returning Students 

There are two steps to begin classes:

STEP 1: Talk with an advisor

STEP 2: Register for classes


New students:

There are four steps to begin classes:

STEP 1: Apply Online: New Student Admissions Form

STEP 2: Complete an Online Orientation & Assessment 

STEP 3: Talk with an Advisor

STEP 4: Register for Classes

  • Students 16-18 years need a Request for Approval to Test form from the high school where they currently live before registering for classes.


Tuition & fees

  • $25 tuition per quarter
  • Scholarships available!


GED testing information

  • The GED consists of 4 tests. The costs are $30 per test. $6 per GEDReady practice tests. 
  • To schedule and pay for a GED test go to
  • General GED information provided by GED Testing Service is available at
  • To request GED transcripts or records go to

Students 16-18 years old may take the GED but need to submit a Request for Approval to Test form from the high school where they currently live in to the Testing Center order to finish setting up their account online. Once the form is submitted they can continue the process to schedule their tests. 



Integrated Basic Education & Skills Training (IBEST) is a program that provides extra support for ABE students in professional-technical programs such as Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant Certified (NAC), and Substance Use Disorder Program (SUDP).

Visit the IBEST page for more information.



Ability to Benefit

Whatcom Community College provides access to financial aid resources to students without a high school diploma or GED under Ability to Benefit (ATB) guidelines.


  • Must be 18 years or older and their high school cohort must have already graduated  
  • Must be pursuing a financial aid eligible degree or certificate at WCC that links to an approved career pathway
  • Must be eligible for FAFSA (Currently WAFSA requires a high school diploma)

Individuals interested in accessing Ability to Benefit should complete the current FAFSA application online at and schedule an appointment to see an advisor. Individuals must see an advisor in order to complete the necessary paperwork including an educational plan and verification documentation.