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Fee reductions for AP Exams

The College Board provides a $29 fee reduction per exam for students with financial need. For each exam taken with a fee reduction, the school forgoes its $9 rebate, resulting in a cost of $53 per exam for the student.

Eligibility criteria

Please check back for updated eligibility criteria for 2014-15.


AP Coordinators must complete three important tasks for their schools to be appropriately credited for available fee reductions:

Step 1: Indicate Fee Reduction Totals Before Ordering
Coordinators must indicate before ordering how many AP Exams will qualify for the fee reductions for low-income students. An optional online roster/calculator is available in the AP Exam Ordering website to help you determine the total number of qualifying students and exams. If you already have this information you do not need to use the online roster/calculator and can simply enter the total number of qualifying students and exams. Schools will be able to revise their totals as needed prior to generating their invoices, but should make every effort to provide accurate totals before ordering.

Step 2: Fill in the Fee Reduction Circle on Answer Sheets
The fee reduction circle must be filled in for all students who qualify for a College Board, federal, and/or state fee reduction. Coordinators must indicate which students are eligible for fee reductions by filling in the appropriate circle on the student's registration answer sheet. AP Coordinators should not bubble in all other answer sheets for those students taking multiple exams.

There are two fee reduction circles on the answer sheet, in the "School Use Only" section. Only one circle should be filled in for each student eligible for funding.

  • Option 1: Low-Income Students (who meet low-income family guidelines for College Board, federal and state fee reductions).
  • Option 2: Non-Low-Income Eligible Students (who are eligible for subsidies based on state criteria other than the College Board fee reduction policy).

Fee reduction options are captured separately for exams that don't require answer sheets:

  • Schools administering AP Studio Art Exams: Coordinators can designate a student's fee reduction for AP Studio Art using the Digital Submission Web application. For more information, visit the online demo or the Web application help text for details.
  • Schools administering AP Chinese or Japanese Exams: Coordinators must use the Fee Reduction/Section Designation Form to indicate students eligible for fee reductions.

Step 3: Generate, Submit and Return Your Invoice
All schools must generate and submit an invoice online, print a hard copy, and mail the completed invoice to the AP Program in the envelope provided with their exam shipments by June 15, 2015. You will need to indicate the total number of exams with fee reductions again when generating your invoice. Schools generating their invoices after June 15 will have a $225 late fee automatically added to their invoices.

Customized Entry Pages


  • AP Services
  • P.O. Box 6671
  • Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6671
  • Phone: 877-274-6474 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 212-632-1781
  • Email:

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