ABAC’s HEP Program was established in 2001 and serves approximately 80 students per year.
HEP was originally created as a part of the Higher Education Act (HEA) Section 418A, also known as PL89-329, in 1965. Funding for this program was originally distributed annually by the U.S. Department of Labor, but was moved to the U.S. Department of Education in 1980. The HEA was reauthorized in 1992 under PL102-325. In 1993, HEP received its first five-year grant award, which extended grants for the program through 1997. HEP was reauthorized under PL105-244, which was passed in 1998. This reauthorization was valid through 2003 with an automatic 1-year extension for 2004 under the General Education Provisions Act. HEP is currently reauthorized under PL105-244, which was passed in 1998.
Since 1972, HEP has grown to become a nation-wide program established in twenty-three different states and Puerto Rico. Currently, there are fifty-six HEP programs serving thousands of migrant students year round.