New England High School Equivalency Program (HEP)



The purposes of HEP: To help migrant and seasonal farmworkers and members of their immediate family: (1) obtain a general education diploma that meets the guidelines for high school equivalency (HSE) established by the State in which the HEP project is conducted; and (2) gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training.

-U.S. Department of Education – Office of Migrant Education


EDCO Collaborative was awarded a five year High School Equivalency Program grant (2016-2021) to enroll and provide services to qualifying students in the states of Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.



New England HEP is FREE to qualifying individuals.


Students will receive:

– Tablet and wireless internet access (the tablet is theirs to keep upon completion of the program)

– Online curriculum for GED and HiSET test preparation

– Online and live tutors and advisors

– Access to other online resources and tools

– Instruction in English or Spanish


HEP Student Eligibility Criteria

  • At least 16 years of age;
  • Not currently enrolled in elementary or secondary school;
  • Has not earned a secondary school diploma or equivalency.


  •   student or immediate family member must have worked in seasonal or temporary agricultural production work for a minimum of 75 days in the last 24 months


  • eligible to participate in either the Migrant Education Program in Title 1 C of the U.S. Department of Education or  the National Farmworker Jobs Program (WIA 167) the last 24 months.



EDCO Collaborative New England HEP works in collaboration with different partners. Here are a few key partnerships:

1.    University of Vermont Extension

2.    World Education

2.    EDCO Collaborative Massachusetts Migrant Education Program (MMEP)

3.    New Hampshire Department of Education Migrant Education Program

4.    State of Vermont Agency of Education Migrant Education Program

5.     Maine Department of Education Migrant Education Program

6.     Graduation and Outcomes for Success for OSY (GOSOSY) Consortium