Free diploma programs offer students who need a high school diploma the opportunity to graduate from high school, but there are usually fees associated with programs that claim to be free. While it may be free to enroll and take the classes, it will cost a fee to have the company send the diploma.
These programs are advertised as free because the company doesn't charge a course fee. However, in order to receive the diploma and official transcripts, the companies do charge a fee. As of 2015, the average charge is around $250 and includes the high school diploma and the opportunity for employers or educational institutions to verify an individual's graduation and high school credits.