Who is eligible to take classes?
- Adult Residents of the Greater Lowell area. This includes the residents of Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.
- For High School Equivalency classes (GED/HiSET) students must be at least 16 years old. Students who are between 16-19 years old, must have formally withdrawn from high school.
- For ESOL Classes, students must be 18 years old and older.
Everyone will be required to show an ID and proof of address before starting classes.
What is the cost for classes?
- Classes are FREE to adult residents of Greater Lowell.
- Our program is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Adult and Community Learning Services), and Lowell Public Schools.
How do I register for classes?
Registration will open August 1, 2022 for the 22-23 School year. Links to the Registration form are on the home page of our website. For those who can not register online, appointments will be available in person or by phone.
Registration remains open until Spring 2023.
If classes are full, students will be placed on a waiting list. Students will be invited to start classes when space is available.
Please go to our "How to Register Page" for detailed information.
How long are classes in session?
- Morning classes begin in September and run until June. We enroll students, on a space available basis, throughout the school year.
- Evening classes begin in late September or early October, and run until mid-May.
- We follow the Lowell Public Schools calendar for holidays and vacations.
Do you provide daycare?
Our program does not provide day care. We recommend working with local agencies, such as CTI and DTA, for assistance with child care services.
How do I earn my High School Equivalency Credential?
Candidates must pass a High School Equivalency Test. In Massachusetts, there are two test options: the HiSET or the GED. Effective, November 23, 2022, Massachusetts High School Equivalency candidates will be able to combine GED and HiSET subtest scores to complete their requirements.
AAEC offers HSE classes to help Greater Lowell residents to prepare for either of these exams.
AAEC is an official Test Center for GED and HiSET. We offer both computer and paper based HiSET exams.