The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) have existed since 1967 and 1972 respectively.
HEP and CAMP are educational programs which serve students from migrant or seasonal farm-worker families. HEP helps students who have dropped out of high school get their High School Equivalency Credential, and serves more than 6,000 students annually. CAMP assists students in their first year of college with academic, personal, and financial support. CAMP serves approximately 2,400 migrant participants annually. Overall, nearly three-quarters of all CAMP students graduate with baccalaureate degrees.
These two programs, which have achieved stunning success rates since their inception, are funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education and are administered by universities, colleges and non-profit organizations nationwide.
The National HEP/CAMP Association is an organization whose membership is comprised of universities, colleges and non-profit organizations that administer a High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and/or a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). The Association’s membership is committed to improving the quality and effectiveness of the national HEP and CAMP program, all HEP and CAMP projects, and to disseminating information about HEP and CAMP.
The National HEPCAMP Association sponsors several interns each year who are placed with various offices in Washington DC, many of which are on Capitol Hill. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for CAMP students.
Beginning as a much-needed response to extenuating circumstances shared by many students participating in HEP and CAMP projects, The National HEPCAMP Association has funded a Student Emergency Fund (SEF). The application is currently being updated.
The HEPCAMP scholarship is designed to help students cover the costs of attendance as they attend or transition into studies at the post-secondary level.