AP Test Fee Info

Published: 12/14/2016 1:28 PM

Regulation 702 KAR 3:220 KDE's interpretation of Regulation 702 KAR 3:220 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.
KRS 160.348 (3) While this statute requires costs of the AP examinations to be “… paid by” the KDE, the General Assembly has not provided an appropriation to provide the funding for this statute.

​Funding for 2017 AP Exams for Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) strongly believes that all students should have equal access to the benefit of Advanced Placement (AP) coursework. While KRS 160.348(3) requires costs of the AP examinations to be “… paid by” the KDE, the General Assembly has not provided an appropriation to provide the funding for this statute. In the past, the KDE has worked diligently to secure federal grants, when available, to pay for the AP and International Baccalaureate (IB) exam fees for private and public school students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch (FRL). Unfortunately, the recently enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) removes the grant provision (AP Test Fee Program) providing dedicated federal Title I funds for this purpose. As a result, the remaining balance per exam has increased to $53. This gap in funding subsidies means that schools and districts would be responsible for paying $53 for each AP exam taken by students eligible for FRL starting with exams taken in 2017.
Knowing the federal funding was not going to be available for the 2016-17 school year and in order to avoid shifting these costs to districts, KDE was able to plan and budget for these exam fees, and will pay the $53 fee for each AP exam taken by students eligible for FRL during the 2016-17 school year. For this to occur, your guidance counselors must determine which students meet the FRL eligibility requirements and enroll those students in the fee reduction program. I ask that you make this a priority to provide these students with equal access to AP courses. Based on the number of AP exams each school orders for eligible FRL students in January 2017, the balance will be paid by the KDE in hope that schools will continue to provide Kentucky’s FRL students with the opportunity to take rigorous AP courses that prepare them to excel in their future college and career choices.
While future funding related to AP exam fees for all public school students remains uncertain, the KDE is determined to do all it can to assist those students most in need. In addition to seeking state appropriations to appropriately fund KRS 160.348(3) for future school years, we will continue to explore the use of federal Title I set-aside funds as well as Title IV funds for this purpose and where allowable. Guidance related to AP exam fees for future years will be issued with the further release of ESSA funding guidance and can be found on the KDE website, along with general information related to AP test fees.
Here is a breakdown of the 2016-17 AP Exam fee for students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunches (FRL):

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 2016-2017 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.
  • 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.
Jennifer Pusateri
Office of Teaching and Learning
Differentiated Learning Branch
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
Fax (502) 564-6470