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High School Equivalency Program

What is the High School Equivalency Program (HEP)?

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Migrant Education (OME). The sole purpose of the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate families to obtain a General Education Diploma (GED) that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency. After completion of the General Education Diploma (GED), High School Equivalency Program (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 High School Equivalency Program (HEP) program at Washington State University (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 High School Equivalency Program (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.

Why obtain your General Education Diploma (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 General Education Diploma (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 General Education Diploma (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.

How will the High School Equivalency Program (HEP) benefit me? 

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at WSU aims to assist migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their children in transforming their lives by providing opportunities for higher education, upgraded employment, a long-term vocation or training, or a military career by earning their high school equivalency diploma.

The High School Equivalency Program is funded annually at $475,000 for a five year cycle by the Office of Elementary and Secondary of the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Migrant Education (OME).