College Board's Equity and Access Policy Statement
The College Board strongly encourages educators to make equitable access a guiding principle for their AP programs by giving all willing and academically prepared students the opportunity to participate in AP. We encourage educators to:
- Eliminate barriers that restrict access to AP for students from ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic groups that have been traditionally underserved.
- Make every effort to ensure their AP classes reflect the diversity of their student population.
- Provide all students with access to academically challenging coursework before they enroll in AP classes
Only through a commitment to equitable preparation and access can true equity and excellence be achieved.
Spotlight on Success
Highlights the strategies schools across the country use to help underserved students succeed in rigorous course work and develop the content knowledge and critical thinking skills they will need in college.
- Spotlight on Success Stories 2010
- Spotlight on Success Stories 2011
- Spotlight on Success Stories 2012
- Spotlight on Success Stories 2013
Fee reductions for low-income students
The College Board provides a $29 fee reduction per exam, depending on the student’s state, for qualified students with acute financial need. Schools normally forgo their $9 rebate in these instances.
Most states provide additional fee reductions for students in financial need. Each state determines whether students qualifying for the College Board's fee reduction are eligible for additional fee reductions through federal and state grants. State-specific fee reduction information will be available in spring 2015.
AP Fellows Program
AP Fellows is an annual competitive grant program that provides AP Summer Institute scholarships for high school teachers at schools serving minority or low-income students who have been traditionally underrepresented in AP courses. The $1,000 scholarships cover the cost of APSI tuition; any remaining funds may be applied to travel and expenses.
Teachers must teach in schools that meet the following criteria:
- At least 50 percent of the student population consists of underrepresented minorities (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and/or American Indian students), and/or
- At least 50 percent of the student population qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch.
For more information and to access an application for the program, visit the AP Teacher Scholarships page.
Many small rural schools struggle with a unique set of challenges, including isolation, motivating students to pursue a rigorous academic curriculum, and limited numbers of teachers. Although small rural schools face obstacles in implementing and growing their AP programs, the College Board believes that a systematic approach to these challenges can broaden access to AP. Please visit the Cultivating AP in Small Rural Schools page for more information.