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Washington State University High School Equivalency Program

Frequently Asked Questions

HEP Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify for HEP? You may qualify to get your GED® through HEP if:

  1. You are at least 18 years old or beyond the state’s compulsory age. Upon notification of acceptance into the program, students at the age of 18 must submit an age waiver from the last school district attended or from the local high school.
  2. Not be enrolled in high school.
  3. Not have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  4. Have qualifying work documentation or have an immediate family member with qualifying work*.
  5. Meet need as determined by: the program, the academic requirements, supporting services and financial support available.

Work documentation needed: Provide ONE of the following forms of documentation of you or your immediate family’s migrant or seasonal farm worker status:

  • Check stubs that prove you or your immediate family (parent, guardian, head of household) have spent a minimum of 75 days during the past 24 months as a migrant or seasonal farm worker. (Include any work directly related to the production of crops, dairy products, poultry, fish, plants, livestock, cultivation/harvesting of trees.) OR
  • COE: Certificate of Eligibility (migrant status in high school). OR
  • WIA 167 Program (JTPA 402). OR
  • Employment Verification Form

Students who are 18 years old will also need to have a Request for Approval to Test signed by the last school they attended.

All students will need to provide a copy of their immunization record that shows that they have received the MMR vaccine.

What does HEP provide?

  • Room and Board (Housing and Meals)
  • GED instruction in English and Spanish
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Transportation stipend
  • Small allowance for residential students
  • Books and school supplies
  • Fees for GED testing
  • Post-HEP placement assistance for jobs, vocational training, or college admittance
  • Cultural and academic activities.

What is considered farm work or an agricultural activity?

  • Seasonal Farmwork is an agricultural activity related to the production of crops, dairy products, poultry, livestock, tree logging, fishing, and so forth on a temporary or seasonal basis.
  • Migrant Farmwork is similar to seasonal farmwork in that it includes the same agricultural activities (production of crops, dairy products, poultry, livestock, tree logging, fishing, and so forth) but also requires travel that keeps an employee from returning to a permanent home within the same day.

Examples of typical activities that are directly related to the production of crops include:  planting; cultivating; weeding; pruning; thinning; fertilizing; and harvesting any type of crop. Similarly, raising, caring for, or milking dairy cattle; working in hatcheries; producing chickens, turkeys or other poultry; raising cattle, sheep, or other livestock are examples of activities related to the production of dairy products, poultry or livestock.

What are some examples of forestry work? The program will accept activities directly related to the cultivation or harvesting of trees. Cultivating or harvesting of trees includes soil preparation, planting, tending, pruning, and felling, tree cutting, bundling, and planting seedlings for restoration of forests.

What is the Migrant Education Program, Title I, Part C? The Migrant Education Program, Title I, helps a migrant child who is, or whose parent or spouse is, a migratory agricultural worker; defined as a person who, in the preceding 36 months, has moved from one school district to another, or from one administrative area to another within a State that is comprised of a single school district, in order to obtain temporary employment or seasonal employment in agricultural work, including dairy work. Eligibility for MEP is determined by the state Migrant Education Program.

How long does it take to finish the GED? Students enrolled in the full time residential program typically earn their GED® in 8 and 10 weeks.  The length of time to complete also depends on the academic level of the student when they enter the program.  

Where is the WSU-HEP Program located? We offer a full time GED program in Pullman, Washington.

What is the schedule like in the residential program?

Weekly Schedule

What do I need to bring if I’m staying on-campus?

  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Alarm Clock
  • Sheets, blankets, and a pillow for a twin bed
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Deodorant, bath soap and supplies
  • One interview outfit
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Kleenex
  • Feminine supplies
  • Shaving cream and razors
  • Clothes hangers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Clothes for all types of weather/ umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Cell phone and cell phone charger
  • Government-issued photo ID (foreign or national) in order to take the GED exam. Examples include:  valid driver’s license, learner’s permit, passport, or other form of official government

Why do I need to show a government-issued photo ID when I take the GED?

At the time of testing, you will need to provide current government-issued photo identification with your name address, birth date, and signature on it.  Examples include a valid driver’s license, learner’s permit, passport, or other form of official government ID (foreign or national including Matricula Consular).

Do I have to stay in the dorms if I want to attend the residential program? No. If you would rather live at home but want to attend classes in Pullman you may commute to campus.

What is the schedule of classes like in the residential program? The HEP program offers a full time GED program in Pullman. Classes normally begin at 9 am and end at 4:00 pm, every day, with a lunch hour between 12 and 1 pm.  Some required activities are scheduled in the evenings.

Where is the WSU-HEP office located?

WSU-HEP is located in the Lighty Student Services Building, Suite 260. Click here for a map.

How do I get to the WSU Campus? 

Directions from Tri-Cities and Yakima – Printable Version 

Directions from Spokane – Printable Version

Directions From Lewiston – Printable Version

From the Tri-Cities/Yakima 

 
  • Merge onto I-182 E / US-12 E / US-395 N via the ramp on the left toward Walla Walla.
1.4 mi /1.8 mi total
  • Take the WA-397 S exit, EXIT 14, toward US-395 N / Spokane / Finley.
0.2 mi /2.0 mi total
  • Keep left to take the ramp toward US-395 N / Spokane / US-12.
0.2 mi /2.2 mi total
  • Merge onto US-395 N via EXIT 14B toward Spokane / US-12.
43.3 mi /45.5 mi total
  • Take the WA-26 ramp toward Colfax / Othello.
0.4 mi /46.0 mi total
  • Turn right onto W Highway 26 / WA-26. Continue to follow WA-26.
68.3 mi /114.3 mi total
  • Turn right onto Colfax Airport Rd.
3.1 mi /117.3 mi total
  • Turn slight left onto Almota Rd.
0.2 mi /117.5 mi total
  • Almota Rd becomes W Fairview St.
0.6 mi /118.2 mi total
  • Turn left onto S Main St.
0.2 mi /118.3 mi total
  • Turn right onto US-195 S / WA-195 / State Route 195. Continue to follow US-195 S / WA-195.
12.8 mi /131.1 mi total
  • Turn left onto WA-270 / NW Davis Way.
0.06 mi /131.2 mi total
  • Turn right onto WA-270 / NW Davis Way. Continue to follow WA-270.
2.2 mi /133.4 mi total
  • Turn right onto N Grand Ave / WA-27 / WA-270.
0.08 mi /133.5 mi total
  • Welcome to PULLMAN, WA, follow signs to Washington State University

 

From Spokane/Coeur d’Alene

 
  • Turn left onto N Monroe St.
0.4 mi /0.5 mi total
  • Turn slight right onto W Freeway Ave N.
0.2 mi /0.6 mi total
  • Merge onto I-90 W / US-2 W / US-395 S toward Seattle.
0.9 mi /1.6 mi total
  • Merge onto US-195 S via EXIT 279 toward Colfax / Pullman.
58.0 mi /59.6 mi total
  • Turn slight left onto S Main St / US-195 S / WA-195. Continue to follow US-195 S / WA-195.
12.8 mi /72.4 mi total
  • Turn left onto WA-270 / NW Davis Way.
0.06 mi /72.5 mi total
  • Turn right onto WA-270 / NW Davis Way. Continue to follow WA-270.
2.2 mi /74.7 mi total
  • Turn right onto N Grand Ave / WA-27 / WA-270.
0.08 mi /74.8 mi total
  • Welcome to PULLMAN, WA.

 

From Lewiston

 
  • Merge onto US-95 N / Highway 95 toward Moscow / Coeur d’Alene.
6.9 mi
  • Turn slight right onto US-195 N / ID-195. Continue to follow US-195 N (Crossing into Washington).
  • Stay straight to go onto S Grand Ave / WA-27.
2.3 mi
  • Welcome to PULLMAN, WA.