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AP Exam Waivers

Advanced Placement examinations are taken each spring at the end of year-long courses that are designed to provide college-level curricula. Many colleges and universities grant credits and/or advanced placement based on AP scores.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Reduced Fee for Qualifying Students

Advanced Placement exam fees for students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch were previously covered under a federal grant which was eliminated under the Every Student Succeeds Act. In November 2017, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education approved a supplemental FY18 budget and FY 19 budget which included subsidizing Spring 2018 and Spring 2019 AP exams taken by qualifying students; both budgets were submitted to the Governor and then General Assembly for their review. The Governor’s supplemental FY18 budget includes funds for subsidizing the Spring 2018 exam fees, but does not include funds for subsidizing the Spring 2019 AP exam fees. This means that schools will need to budget to cover this subsidy for qualifying students in Spring 2019 and beyond. 

The information below provides additional information about Test Fee subsidies for Spring 2018 and Spring 2019.

Spring 2018 Exams 

State funding is available for Spring 2018 exam subsidies for qualifying students.

The College Board provides a $32 fee reduction per exam for students with financial need. For each AP Exam taken with a fee reduction, the school forgoes its $9 rebate, resulting in a cost of $53 per exam for the student. The RIDE funding will cover $38 for each AP test taken by a qualifying student. Therefore, qualifying students are asked to contribute $15 for each AP test they take.  RIDE’s emphasis on Advanced Placement is part of an overall strategy to ensure that all students are provided with rigorous, challenging learning opportunities that empower them to think about the future and explore career options. This important program helps to break down the financial barriers that exist when pursuing advanced coursework.

Who qualifies? 
A student is eligible for the AP Exam Fee Reduction if the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, was enrolled in the AP class/classes for the 2017-2018 school year, and will be taking an AP exam in Spring 2018.

What the school must do:

The process for ordering tests has not changed. As a reminder, A brief summary is included below. For more detailed instructions, please see the College Board's website.

Before the AP Exam: Schools are required to keep all records of student enrollment in AP courses and qualification for free/reduced lunch in the event that the USDOE audits RIDE. It is suggested that you maintain an up to date list with students who qualify for the AP Fee Reduction and their corresponding AP class/classes.

  • Fill in the "Option 1" oval on qualifying students' AP Exam answer sheets.
  • Enter the total number of exams (not students) that qualify for the fee reduction when generating your invoice online.
  • AP Coordinators must send $15 to the AP Program for each AP Exam, including AP Research and AP Seminar Exams, taken by qualifying students.
  • AP Coordinators must submit a copy of their invoice to RIDE. 
  • Maintain a list of students who qualify for the AP Exam Fee Waiver; record each individual exam that the student is taking.

Spring 2019 Exams 

State funding is not  available for Spring 2019 exam subsidies. Schools will need to budget to cover this subsidy for qualifying students in Spring 2019 and beyond.

In November 2017, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education approved a supplemental FY18 budget and FY19 budget which included subsidizing Spring 2018 and Spring 2019 AP exams taken by qualifying students; both budgets were submitted to the Governor and then General Assembly for their review.  The Governor’s supplemental FY18 budget does not include funds for subsidizing the Spring 2019 AP exam fees.  This means that schools will need to budget to cover this subsidy for qualifying students in Spring 2019 and beyond.

Please see the February 2nd Field Memo item "7. RIDE to release Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grants" to learn more about how schools may fund programs such as Advanced Placement testing and other opportunities that increase access to a well-rounded education, improve conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology in order to improve academic achievement, through federal funding under Title IV-A. Federal supplanting rules apply and may affect your ability to use Title IV-A funds for this purpose. Please consult with RIDE when determining the use of Title IV-A funds.

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