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June 6--  An increase in GED testing fees in Georgia which was to have taken effect in July has been delayed for almost a year.

According to Southeastern Technical College President Dr. Cathy Mitchell, "The fees for the test were going to go up from $95 to $250.  The testing group had partnered with another group to manage the dissemination and grading of the tests by computer.  They were supposed to start that this Summer, however, they were unable to meet the deadline, so for our students, that's a good thing.  It gives them another year to finish the tests and pay only $95 versus $250."

Graduates of the GED test in the STC service area make up what amounts to the largest high school graduating class in the area each year.

"We usually have about 500 GED graduates in the eight-county area we serve.  That's a large number of graduates and I don't think any single high school graduates that many," she says.

STC operates a GED center in seven counties and has two in Tattnall County.