Frequently asked Questions

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How many credits do I need to graduate?

You need 22 credits to earn a high school diploma from ALN – that’s a minimum of 16 credits of required classes and up to 6 credits of electives/job training classes.

Can I receive credit for GED tests?

ALN participants may be able to receive 1 credit for each GED test they’ve passed prior to enrolling in ALN (documentation required).

Does Work Experience count toward credits?

ALN participants may be able to earn credit for Work Experience if working at a job while enrolled at ALN: 18 weeks = .5 credits (documentation such as work log, paycheck stubs showing FICA required).

Does Community Service count toward credits?

ALN participants may be able to receive credits for Community Service: 70 hrs. = 1 credit (documentation required).

What is the enrollment cost?

A $25.00 non-refundable fee is required to start the enrollment process.

Is this a real diploma?
YES. A High School Diploma from The Arkansas Learning Network, Inc. (ALN) is the same as a diploma from a traditional public high school, private or charter school.
Is the ALN curriculum accredited?

YES. ALN uses the Edgenuity curriculum that is fully accredited by Cognia, NCA CASI, SACS CASI, and NWAC.

Can I use a diploma from ALN to enroll in college, join the military, or find employment?


What is the difference between a GED and a High School Diploma from ALN?

To earn a GED (Graduate Equivalency Diploma) anyone – regardless of age – must pass a series of tests in math, science, social studies, and language arts. A GED Diploma is based entirely on test results.

A High School Diploma from ALN means that you earned a minimum of 22 credits – a maximum of 6 of those may be electives/job training classes. A diploma and job training skills combine to make you a stronger job candidate with higher wage-earning potential.

Can I receive credits for “on the job” experience?

YES. An ALN Counselor will review your experience to determine if you qualify for credit.

How long does it take to graduate?

It depends on how many credits you need. Most classes take about 5 weeks to complete. Because you set your own pace, it could be even sooner!  Elective classes may take less time. Our job training courses are generally completed in a shorter time frame depending on the specific program.

Who is eligible?

All legal residents of Arkansas 18 years or older are eligible to apply for enrollment.

Does ALN offer payment options?
YES. An ALN Counselor will discuss options with you.
Is there financial aid or scholarships?

YES. An ALN Counselor will provide information about available programs.

What do I need to attend the ALN online High School program?
  • Computer, laptop, Chromebook, tablet or cell phone
  • High-Speed Internet and/or Data Plan
  • The desire to create a realistic study schedule that works with your busy life
Can I use my cell phone to attend online courses or do I need a computer or tablet?

Smartphones and mobile devices can be used to access many of the courses, but a computer or laptop are preferred. Also, certain classwork may require that assignments be printed out in hard copy.

When can I start?

You can begin as soon as your enrollment has been completed, your O-net Career Interest Survey is completed and your transcript and fee have been received. There are no specific start dates; we will help you set realistic class end dates.  Our programs begin when YOU are ready.

Can I take classes for an ALN High School Diploma and the Job Training Program at the same time?

YES.  Every situation is different, and the requirements vary from person to person, but you can be enrolled in both programs at once.  A Counselor will assist you with the details.

Can I enroll in ALN Job Training classes if I already have a High School Diploma/GED?

YES.  You can begin the enrollment process and a Counselor will assist you with selecting the classes that best meet your training needs.

If you have more questions, please contact us at or 501-912-9469.