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High School Equivalency Program

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their family members earn a GED (General Education Diploma. Once participants have their GED, HEP will help them find better jobs, vocational training, military service, or admittance into colleges, universities, or other post-secondary education. 

HEP is led by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and is funded annually at $475,000 for a five-year cycle by the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Migrant Education.

WSU HEP Advantages

  • Participants can choose to live on campus in the residence halls with earning their GED.
  • Commuting travel expenses covered by stipend

About the GED

The General Education Diploma is:

  • Series of four subject tests 
  • Certifies "equivalency" to a high school diploma

Benefits of a Diploma

  • Higher paying careers
  • Promotions
  • Ability to apply for higher education
  • Personal satisfaction of achievement