High School Equivalency Program

Office of Migrant Education


Discretionary/Competitive Grants


The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) helps migratory and seasonal farmworkers (or immediate family members of such workers) who are 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma and, subsequently, to gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training.

Types of Projects

The purposes of HEP are to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family:

  • obtain a general education diploma that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency (HSE) established by the State in which the HEP project is conducted; and
  • gain upgraded employment, be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training, or enter the military.

Technical Assistance Resources


Contact Information

  • Millie Bentley-Memon
    U.S. Department of Education, OESE
    Office of Migrant Education
    400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
    LBJ Federal Office Building
    Washington, DC 20202-6200