DiplomaThe Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CSSD) is a high school equivalency credential available to Pennsylvania residents who do not possess a high school diploma and who have met criteria specified in the Pennsylvania Code (22 PA Code §4.72).

The Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma may be achieved by passing the GED® test or the HiSET® exam or by completing the 30 College Credit Option.


  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania and at least 18 year of age. 16 and 17 year olds need an age waiver from the Pennsylvania Department of Education
  • Must not currently possess a secondary school diploma from the United States
  • Must not be enrolled in a public, licensed private, registered accredited or licensed nonpublic secondary school
  • Must have scored a passing score on a high school equivalency test in the same language OR have completed 30 semester hours of study at a U.S. accredited institution of postsecondary education