Fifty one Marshall Islanders have just graduated from an adult education programme that has another 200 enrolled and about 350 on a waiting list.
But the future of these secondary school equivalent courses is in jeopardy because of a lack of funding.
The Ministry of Education has cut back its support for the College of the Marshall Islands-run General Equivalency Diploma.
College officials say the number of students and teachers in the programme must be drastically reduced or eliminated altogether before the start of next school year in August.
The programme provides a second chance at a secondary school diploma for students who had dropped out school.