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High School Equivalency Program

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education. The sole purpose of HEP is to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family to obtain a General Educational Development (GED) diploma that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency.

After completion of the GED, HEP helps participants with placement options for improved employment, vocational training, military service, or admittance into an institution of higher education (IHE) or other post-secondary education.

The HEP program at WSU is unique from many throughout the United States in that eligible participants may choose to live on campus in residence halls with assistance from the HEP grant while earning their High School Equivalency Degree. Participants who decide to commute will also be offered a stipend to help cover travel expenses.

HEP’s Mission at WSU

The mission of HEP at WSU is to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their children in transforming their lives by providing opportunities for higher education, a long term vocation or training, or military career by earning their high school equivalency diploma.

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Why obtain your GED?

The General Education Diploma (GED) is a series of four subject tests which certify as equivalency to a high school diploma upon completion with a passing score. Individuals with a GED or high school diploma have access to more higher paying careers, promotions at their current job, the ability to apply for higher education, and personal satisfaction of a great achievement. By earning a  GED or high school equivalent degree, individuals have the opportunity to change many aspects of their lives for the better.

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is one resource that gives individuals access to this degree.

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Are you a former HEP Graduate?

Please note that WSU HEP DOES NOT keep records of transcripts or diplomas.

If you have questions about obtaining a copy of your GED, please check the HEP Graduates page for information about transcripts and diplomas.



WSU HEP is 100% federally funded with a budget of $475,000 annually over 5 years.