Submit a Student Success story - it may appear on our Blog!

NLD Image

High School Equivalency Program

Listing Last Update: October 20, 2015


1201 West University Drive
Emilia Schunior Hall Bldg. 2.207
Edinburg, TX 78539

Primary Contact

Jaime Garza

(956) 665-2521

Educational services

  • To study for my high school equivalency exam
  • To improve my math skills
  • To improve my technology skills

Instruction Type

  • Classroom

Program Overview

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is a federal program funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education. HEP began serving the community in 1967 in an effort to assist the backbone producers of our agricultural crops and livestock with attaining their General Educational Development (GED) certificate.

At The University of Texas-Pan American, HEP began serving our farm worker community and migrant population in 1972. Today, HEP continues to successfully prepare and graduate students from its program. Funded to serve 100 students per year, HEP at UTPA has graduated thousands of students during its numerous decades of service in the Rio Grande Valley. Located on the UTPA campus, HEP is ideally situated to provide its students with vast amounts of information and a first-hand exposure to campus life.

To qualify for HEP, applicants must have spent, or have an eligible family member who during the past 24 months has spent: 1) a minimum of 75 days conducting eligible migrant or seasonal farm work; or 2) participated or been eligible to participate, in programs under 34 CFR part 200, Subpart C (Title I --Migrant Education Program) or 20 CFR part 633 (Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor--Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Programs).

Eligible family members may include parent, spouse or other immediate family member. Eligible agricultural work includes but is not limited to seasonal farm work, migrant farm work, ranching, fishing and shrimping.

In addition, applicants must be 17 years of age or older (16 years of age if referred through the court system) and must pass an entrance assessment prior to beginning classes. All classes and exams are conducted in English.

Hours of operation: 8am - 5pm

Cost info: None

Program Status: