This is the latest update regarding AP® Exam fee subsidies for low-income students. We are providing this preliminary information so that schools, districts, and students may have time to plan fundraising activities to help offset this cost for students.
While no decisions have yet been made regarding federal funding for AP Exam subsidies for low-income students, the College Board believes that due to ongoing federal budgetary constraints, funding for the AP Program for the 2014 exam administration may be at the same level as 2013 or lower. In addition, we expect an increase in the number of low-income students who will take AP Exams in 2014. Consequently, we estimate that federal funding will cover approximately $35 per AP Exam. It is important to note, however, that this amount will not be confirmed until Congress passes its FY2014 budget.
The College Board plans to contribute $26 per exam in 2014, increasing our total contribution by around $2 million. Unfortunately, even with the increased College Board contribution, low-income students could face a student contribution of approximately $20 per exam, up from $10 in 2013. As a result, we are concerned that this cost may deter some of your low-income students from taking AP Exams and potentially qualifying for college credit and placement they worked hard for and deserve.
Projected 2014 Low-Income Student AP Exam Fee Breakdown
- Federal Contribution $37*
- College Board Contribution $26*
- Student Contribution $18*
- School Rebate (waived for low-income students) $8
- Total Fee per Exam: $37 + 26 + 18 + 8 = $89
*Federal, College Board, and student contributions are estimates.
Our goal in providing you with this information now is to give you sufficient time to plan any local efforts to support these students. Once the final exam fee subsidies are determined, we will contact your school again in February.
Thank you for your hard work to ensure that all of your students have the opportunity to realize the benefits of AP courses and exams.