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: