Below is a breakdown of the AP Exam fee for low-income students in 2015:
- Contribution for low income students: $12
- Federal Subsidy: $41
- College Board Fee Reduction: $29
- College Board Exam Rebate (Waived for Low-Income Students): $9
- Total Exam Fee: $91
Final AP Exam fee for qualifying students: $12
Please remember that KDE’s interpretation of Regulation 702 KAR 3:220 (http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/702/003/220.htm) is that the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam fees fall within the fee categories described in this regulation. As such, these fees are to be waived by the district for students who are eligible for free OR reduced price lunch. Therefore, districts should not be collecting any amount of the fee from these students and instead paying the amount, after the federal grant funds are applied, from general funds just like they do for other fees required to be waived for these students by this regulation.
Because of recent changes in the funding, the federal government has asked that KDE collect additional information from schools regarding your school’s AP exam fee reductions. This will include, but not be limited to, the following questions.
- How many students are using the fee reduction?
- How many exams are taken by students using the fee reduction?
- How is the school or district paying for the exam fees for low income students?
- How is the school or district ensuring that students are eligible for free or reduced lunch?
You may find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kyAPTestFee.
A student is eligible for the AP Exam Fee Waiver if the student, 1) qualifies for free or reduced lunch, AND 2) was enrolled in the AP class for the 2014-2015 school year.
What the school must do:
- Fill in the "Option 1" oval on qualifying students' AP Exam answer sheets.
- When generating your invoice online, enter the total number of exams (not students) that qualify for the fee reduction.
- Maintain a list of students who qualify for and use the AP Exam Fee Reduction; record each individual exam that the student is taking. Ensure that each student is eligible for free or reduced lunch, and was enrolled in the corresponding AP class(es). This list must be kept on file at the school or district in the event that KDE would be audited.
- Complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kyAPTestFee, providing necessary information for federal reporting, by July 15, 2015.
- All public high schools in Kentucky will collect NO MONEY for AP Exam fees from students qualifying for the College Board fee reduction. The College Board will bill KDE directly for qualifying students' AP Exam fees.
- For more information, contact Amy Patterson, Kentucky Department of Education, 500 Mero Street, Frankfort, KY 40601; firstname.lastname@example.org; (502) 564-4970, ext. 4513.