High School Equivalency Program

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) at South Texas College is a federally funded program from the U.S. Department of Education that helps eligible migrant workers and their families obtain a high school equivalency diploma.

HEP participants have the opportunity to complete their high school equivalency as well as obtain one of the following: an Industrial Recognized Certification, two credit courses through South Texas College, or gain employment or enter military service.


The individual is eligible to participate in the HEP if they:

  • Spent a minimum of 75 days during the past 24 months conducting migrant/seasonal farm work (can also apply to immediate family members)
  • OR Participated in the Migrant Education Program (MEP) within the last 24 months, or is eligible to participate
  • OR Participated in the National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) offered by Motivation Education and Training (MET) within the last 24 months, or is eligible to participate

Exam and preparation courses are available in Spanish and English.

Applicant must be at least 18 years old (16 years old with a court order/student withdrawal form), not have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and not be currently enrolled in high school.

STC will determine the individual's eligibility for financial assistance, academic backing, and the supporting services needed to participate in the program.

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