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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

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