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Program Eligibility


To qualify for HEP, applicants must have the following:

  • Be at least 17 years of age (16 yrs. with court order)
  • Lack a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Have a valid ID or Texas Driver's License
  • Performed some type of agricultural work in the previous 24 months (2 yrs.) for a minimum of 75 days (applicants under the age of 21 may qualify under their parent or legal guardian who performed the work)
  • Submit a completed HEP Application Packet and pass TABE entrance exam

Qualifications (Age)

  • Applicants must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Applicants 16 years of age may be accepted if applying as part of a court order.  Written approval from his/her probation officer and a judge is needed.
  • Minors must submit an official withdrawal form from their last school attended and submit parental permission forms for attending class and testing.
  • No upper age limit exists.  All persons above the minimum age requirements are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Qualifications (Work History)

  • Any migrant or seasonally employed agricultural worker who in the prior 24 months to applying with HEP:
    • Conducted at least 75 days of agricultural work.
    • Was eligible to participate or had participated in a migrant education program under Chapter I-Migrant Education.
    • Participated in a WIA Section 167 Program.
  • Eligible agricultural work includes, but is not limited to seasonal farm work, migrant farm work, ranching, fishing, transportation of raw produce (trucking), and shrimping (shrimp farms).
  • Applicants may qualify under a parent, legal guardian or spouse that meets the above requirements.

Qualifications (Documentation)

  • Submit a completed HEP Application 
  • Submit two forms of official identification– i.e., social security card, driver’s license, state ID, birth certificate, etc.
  • Submit documentation showing agricultural worker status as previously defined– i.e., paycheck stubs, W-2 forms, a notarized affidavit, or a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from a school’s Migrant Education Program.
  • Minors must also submit a school withdrawal form as well as parental permission forms.  A letter from the probation department must also be submitted for 16 year olds.
  • Persons, who have previously taken GED exams, must submit a recent copy of official GED scores.

Qualifications (Entrance Exam)

  • Applicants must pass the Test for Adult Basic Education (TABE) with a minimum average score of 8.5 (equivalent to a eigth-grade education) in three main categories– Reading, Mathematics, and Language.
  • The entrance exam may be waived for some prospective students with previous satisfactory GED scores.  
  • Dependent upon TABE scores, students not passing the exam will be referred to other local adult literacy sites better suited to their needs or will be provided with study packets and an opportunity to retest at a later date. 

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