Fee reductions for AP Exams
The College Board provides a fee reduction per exam for students with financial need.
UPDATE (January 2014): The College Board fee reductions that were previously announced here are being reevaluated. At this time, we are waiting for details regarding the amount of federal funding that will be available for low-income students’ AP Exams in 2014, with the expectation that a combination of federal and other funding sources will help reduce the projected low-income student exam contribution in many states. When final information regarding federal funding is announced, we will post the final 2014 College Board fee reduction per exam and other relevant information on this page.
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 2014 at www.collegeboard.org/apexamfeeassistance.
Students who are either enrolled or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program qualify for the College Board fee reduction on all AP Exams that they take in a given year.
A student is eligible for free or reduced price lunches if his or her family's income is at or below 185 percent of the poverty level issued annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The table below lists annual family incomes, by family size, at 185 percent of the poverty level. If the AP student's family's income did not exceed the amount listed in the appropriate row and column, he or she qualifies for a College Board fee reduction.
|Size of Family Unit||Annual Family Income*||Annual Family Income* |
|Annual Family Income* |
*The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 185 percent of the 2012 federal income poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These levels were published in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 61, 3/29/13, p. 19179.
For family units with more than eight members, add the following dollar amount for each additional family member: $7,437 for the 48 contiguous U.S. States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Territories; $9,306 for Alaska; and $8,547 for Hawaii.
If your school would prefer to use another method for determining which students qualify for AP Exam fee reductions, any of the following criteria are allowed:
- The student's family's income is at or below the Census Bureau's "poverty threshold." The Census "poverty threshold" varies by family size and the ages of family members, but it is not adjusted for differences in the cost of living, including the higher costs of living in Alaska and Hawaii. If your school chooses to use the Census Bureau's "poverty threshold" to determine a student's low-income status and eligibility, it should use the 2012 "poverty threshold" information available at the U.S. Census Bureau website.
- The student's family receives assistance under part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act.
- The student is eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under title XIX of the Social Security Act.
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 16, 2014. You will need to indicate the total number of exams with fee reductions again when generating your invoice. Schools accessing this screen after June 16 will have a $225 late fee automatically added to their invoices.