The Advanced Placement (AP*) Program
is governed by the College Board. There are over 30 college-level
courses available, most of which are offered in our local Kentucky high
schools. Students take an end-of course exam and, based on their numerical score, may be awarded college credit for the course.
*Advanced Placement, AP and Pre-AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board
2017 AP Test Fee Update
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 beginning 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
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.