High School Equivalency Program

Office of Migrant Education

84.141A

Discretionary/Competitive Grants

HEP

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) helps migratory and seasonal farmworkers (or children 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. The program serves approximately 5,000 students annually. Competitive awards are made for up to five years of funding.

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 Academic Improvement Programs
    400 Maryland Ave. S.W.
    LBJ Federal Office Building
    Washington, DC 20202-6200