The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $28.8 million in grants to 42 states to cover a portion of the fees charged to low-income students for taking advanced placement (AP) tests.

Based on the anticipated number of test-takers and other factors, the grants under the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program are expected to be sufficient to pay all but $10 of the cost of each advanced placement exam taken by low-income students. States may opt to require students to pay a portion of the costs. 

“This Administration has taken unprecedented steps to boost college- and career readiness for our young people, especially first-generation college goers,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “Participation in Advanced Placement courses gives these students a jump start in college by challenging them to develop stronger study and critical-thinking skills. These grants will eliminate some financial roadblocks and enable more minority students to gain access to rigorous AP courses, which will help them succeed in today’s knowledge economy.”  

By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, the program is intended to encourage those students to take AP tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a postsecondary degree. 

The grants can be used to help pay for low-income students taking approved AP tests administered by the College Board, theInternational Baccalaureate Organization and CambridgeInternational Examinations. Levels of funding per state were determined on the basis of state estimates of the numbers of tests that would be taken by low-income students. Following is a list of the grant recipients. 

The Advanced Placement Test Fee grants program is administered by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. For additional information on the program and these new awards, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/apfee/index.html

 Below is the list of 2013 Discretionary Grants for the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program:

 

State

Applicant

Amount

AK

State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development

$13,235

AL

Alabama Department of Education

$252,130

AZ

Arizona Department of Education

$701,728

CA

California Department of Education

$10,757,186

CO

Colorado Department of Education

$701,150

CT

Connecticut State Department of Education

$334,680

DC

Office of the State Superintendent of Education

$42,000

DE

Delaware Department of Education

$60,750

HI

Hawaii State Department of Education

$99,330

IA

Iowa Department of Education

$59,175

ID

Idaho State Department of Education

$76,500

IL

Illinois State Board of Education

$2,191,745

IN

Indiana Department of Education

$471,134

KS

Kansas State Department of Education

$99,000

KY

Kentucky Department of Education

$473,640

LA

Louisiana Department of Education

$158,085

MA

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

$525,874

MD

Maryland State Department of Education

$709,357

ME

State of Maine, Department of Education

$80,415

MI

Michigan Department of Education

$497,000

MO

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

$169,015

MS

Mississippi Department of Education

$191,233

MT

Montana Office of Public Instruction

$44,452

NC

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

$882,011

NE

Nebraska Department of Education

$45,000

NH

New Hampshire Department of Education

$23,055

NJ

New Jersey Department of Education

$565,335

NM

New Mexico Public Education Department

$144,500

NV

Nevada Department of Education

$335,683

NY

New York State Education Department

$2,807,665

OH

Ohio Department of Education

$327,846

OR

Oregon Department of Education

$381,510

PA

Pennsylvania Department of Education

$610,970

RI

Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education,

$92,205

SD

South Dakota Department of Education

$22,500

TN

State of Tennessee

$344,613

TX

Texas Education Agency

$2,364,204

VA

Virginia Department of Education

$401,947

VI

Virgin Islands Department of Education

$17,955

VT

Vermont Agency of Education

$26,100

WA

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

$694,658

WV

West Virginia Department of Education

$93,600

 

Totals

$28,890,171

 

 

 

 

 

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