Advanced Placement (AP)

Published: 2/9/2018 2:07 PM

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

KDE to Cover 2017-2018 AP Exams Fees for Students Eligible for F/R meals!

Commissioner Pruitt sent an email to schools and districts on Friday, February 2, 2018 announcing that for the 2017-18 school year only, KDE has been able to set aside funds to pay for AP exams taken by students who qualify for F/R meals. In other words, the remaining balance of $53 will not be paid by the student, school or district. This amount will be paid by KDE in the hope that schools will continue to provide Kentucky's low-income students with the opportunity to take rigorous AP courses that prepare them to excel in their future college and career choices.​

Information related to AP exam fees for future years is not available at this time.

Here is a breakdown of the 2017-18 AP Exam fee schedule for students who are eligible for free/reduced-priced meals:

Commissioner's letter announcing that KDE will cover AP exam fees for F/R meal-eligible students​




Recorded Webinar- AP Funding- (New Link)- Updated 12/21/17
PowerPoint Slides - AP Funding- Dec. 15, 2017 10:00 am





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.

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