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Changes to AP Federal Funding Under ESSA

From 1998 to 2016, the federal government provided states with dedicated funding to offset the cost of AP Exams for low-income students under a Title I program called the Advanced Placement® Test Fee Program.

Beginning with the 2017 AP Exams, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) eliminated this program and consolidated AP funding with 40 other educational programs under a new Title IV, Part A block grant.

The vast majority (95%) of this new Title IV, Part A funding goes to districts, which can use it to subsidize their low-income students' AP Exam fees. States can reserve up to 5% of the funds and use them for the same purpose.

Some states will continue to provide funding for students’ AP Exams. State-specific fee reduction information, including fee reduction information for schools outside the U.S., will be posted here in the spring. Talk to your principal and/or administration to ensure a plan is in place to dedicate funding to subsidize students’ 2019 AP Exams. For more information on available federal funding options, visit collegeboard.org/ap-essa.

For eligibility criteria and procedures, including criteria for schools and districts participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), visit Fee Reductions for AP Exams.