U.S. Department of Education: High School Equivalency Program
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) works 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) to gain employment or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training.
The program includes one competitive preference priority and two invitational priorities:
- Competitive Preference Priority (up to 15 additional points): For applicants with an expiring HEP project, the Secretary will consider the applicant’s prior experience in implementing its expiring HEP project, based on information contained in documents previously provided, such as annual performance reports, project evaluation reports, site visit reports, and the previously approved HEP application.
- Invitational Priority 1 – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM): Projects that are designed to address one or more of the following priority areas: (a) Providing students with increased access to rigorous and engaging coursework in STEM; and/or (b) Increasing the opportunities for high-quality preparation of, or professional development for, teachers or other educators of STEM subjects.
- Invitational Priority 2 – Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Applications that propose to engage faith-based and community organizations in the delivery of services under this program.
Amount: Approximately $1,393,360 is available to fund up to three grants, ranging from $180,000-$475,000.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; public and state controlled institutions of higher education; and private institutions of higher education.
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