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Federal and State Funding for AP Exams

Many states use federal and state funding to further reduce the exam fee for students who are eligible for a College Board fee reduction. For reference, you can view the 2019 exam fee assistance policies for each state. State policies for 2020 will be posted as soon as each state’s funding plan is finalized.

View AP state subsidies for 2020.

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

For more information on the federal funding options available for states and districts, visit Changes to AP Federal Funding Under ESSA.

New! Students and parents may be concerned about ordering AP Exams if their state’s 2020 funding plan hasn’t been finalized by the time students need to register for AP Exams. Although College Board and states are working together to provide information about 2020 subsidies in advance of the November 15 final order deadline whenever possible, in some cases, states won’t be able to finalize their subsidies until later in the school year. If this is the case in your state, you may refer students and parents to your state’s 2019 funding policy for reference. However, please note that your state’s 2019 funding policy does not guarantee that the same state funding will be available again for 2020.

The AP Program will post state subsidy information below as soon as each state finalizes their 2020 funding plan.

If Your State Eliminates its Subsidy

If your state provided a subsidy for AP Exams in 2019, and the subsidy is eliminated for 2020 by the time your school’s 2020 AP Exam invoice is generated, the AP Program will waive any unused/canceled exam fees incurred for students eligible for a College Board fee reduction who decide not to test. Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering for the $40 per exam unused/canceled exam fee to be waived.

If an exam has been ordered for a student who is eligible for the College Board AP Exam fee reduction and the student decides to take the exam even if a state subsidy isn’t announced, the school invoice would still reflect the College Board fee reduction.

Cases in Which Cancellation Fees Will Not be Waived

Exams won’t be eligible for a waiver of the unused/canceled exam fee in:

  • States that didn’t provide a subsidy in 2019.
  • States where alternative types of funding that could be used for AP Exams were available in 2019, but the state did not provide a dedicated subsidy per exam.
  • States that provided a subsidy in 2019 and provide one again in 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions if Your State Eliminates its Subsidy

AP State Subsidies for 2020

For public school students qualifying for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam, the state of Connecticut will pay:

  • $53 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
  • $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam

The final fee for any AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for a qualifying student is $0.

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for a fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.
  • Districts implementing the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) should not report all students as being from low-income families. All schools should use district data for free- or reduced-price meal eligibility in PSIS to determine if a student should be indicated as “low-income” on the AP invoice. Remember, student information in PSIS is about eligibility for free or reduced lunch and not participation.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • Note that any exams canceled after November 15, or ordered exams that are not taken, will not receive the state funding, and the school will incur a $40 unused/canceled exam fee, including for fee-reduced students. This fee doesn’t apply to exams originally ordered for students who transfer out of the school.
  • College Board will bill the state directly for $53 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per fee-reduced student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per fee-reduced student.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for any payment owed to College Board.
  • AP coordinators do not need to submit a copy of their invoice to the state, so please do not send a copy of your invoice to the state.

For assistance with your AP invoice, please contact AP Services by phone at 877-274-6474 or by email at apexams@info.collegeboard.org. For specific questions about the state funding available, please contact Michelle Rosado, Connecticut State Department of Education, 450 Columbus Avenue, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06103; phone: 860-713-6748; email: michelle.rosado@ct.gov

For public and private school students qualifying for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam, the state of Delaware will pay:

  • $40 per AP Exam, except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams.
  • $88 per AP Seminar and AP Research Exam.

Districts are responsible for paying $8* per AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, for qualifying low-income students.

The final fee for any AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for qualifying low-income students is $5*.

*Please note that schools must send $13 to College Board for each AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, taken by qualifying low-income students. $8 per exam is to come from the district, and $5 per exam is to come from the student.

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for a fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • Send $13 to College Board for each AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, taken by qualifying low-income students. $8 per exam is to come from the district, and $5 per exam is to come from the student.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for any payment owed to College Board.
  • AP coordinators must submit a copy of their invoice to the Delaware Department of Education. Email a copy of your school’s invoice to Nick Buono at buono@doe.k12.de.us by June 15, 2020.
  • College Board will bill the state directly for $40 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per fee-reduced student, and $88 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per fee-reduced student.

For more information, contact Nick Buono, College Success Program Administrator, Delaware Higher Education Office, Delaware Department of Education, 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, DE 19901; phone: 302-735-4193; email: nicholas.buono@doe.k12.de.us

College Board will provide a fee reduction of $32 per AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, for qualifying low-income students in Florida. For eligibility criteria, visit AP Exam Fee Reductions.

  • Final AP Exam fee to be paid to College Board for qualifying low-income students for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams): $53*
  • Final AP Exam fee to be paid to College Board for qualifying low-income students for each AP Seminar Exam and each AP Research Exam: $101*

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for a fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • Send $53 to College Board for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per qualifying student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per qualifying student.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for payment due to College Board.

*The State of Florida provides state funds to school districts to cover the cost of all public school students' AP Exam fees through the Florida Education Finance Program (Section 1011.62(1), paragraphs (a) and (n), Florida Statutes). Public school AP students are exempt from the payment of any fees for the administration of AP Exams (Section 1007.27(6), Florida Statutes). Each public school pays College Board for AP Exam fees using these funds. Questions regarding Florida state funding for AP should be directed to your school district's finance officer or AP contact person.

The state of Hawaii will pay for AP Exams for two categories of public school students: fee-reduced students and standard-fee students.

Fee-reduced students are students who qualify for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam. For eligibility criteria, visit AP Exam Fee Reductions. For fee-reduced students in public schools, the state of Hawaii will pay:

  • $41 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
  • $48 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam
  • Final AP Exam fee for fee-reduced students for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams): $12
  • Final AP Exam fee for fee-reduced students for each AP Seminar and AP Research Exam: $53

Standard-fee students are students who do not qualify for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam. For standard-fee, public school students who attend Title 1 or Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools, the state of Hawaii will pay:

  • $41 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
  • $48 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam
  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying students for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams): $44 (or $53 if your school does not forgo the $9 rebate)
  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying students for each AP Seminar and AP Research Exam: $85 (or $94 if your school does not forgo the $9 rebate)

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect the appropriate fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for the College Board fee reduction. The AP coordinator should leave the AP Fee Status as the default “Standard” for students who do not qualify for the College Board fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for any payment owed to College Board.
  • College Board will bill the state directly for its share of the AP Exam fees in each category.
  • AP coordinators must submit a copy of their invoice to the state. Email a PDF copy of your school’s invoice to Anna Viggiano at anna.viggiano@k12.hi.us by June 1, 2020.

For more information, contact Anna Viggiano, Educational Specialist for the Gifted and Talented Program, Hawaii Department of Education, 475 22nd Ave., Room 202, Honolulu, HI 96816; phone: 808-305-9771; email: anna.viggiano@k12.hi.us

In Iowa, fiscal decisions including funding for AP Exams using ESSA's Title IV, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants will be determined at the local level. Please visit the College Board's ESSA website for more information and the specific steps you can take to determine how your district/school can give subsidies to low-income students.

College Board will provide a fee reduction of $32 per AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, for qualifying low-income students in Iowa. For eligibility criteria, visit AP Exam Fee Reductions.

  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying low-income students for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams): $53
  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying low-income students for each AP Seminar Exam and each AP Research Exam: $101

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for a fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • Send $53 to College Board for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per qualifying student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per qualifying student.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for payment due to College Board.

For more information, contact Rosanne Malek, Iowa Department of Education, 400 East 14th Street, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146; email: rosanne.malek@iowa.gov; phone: 515-281-3199.

For public and non-public school students qualifying for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam, the state of Ohio will pay:

  • $53 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
  • $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam

The final fee for any AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for a qualifying student is $0.

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for a fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • College Board will bill the state directly for $53 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per fee-reduced student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per fee-reduced student.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for any payment owed to College Board.
  • AP coordinators no longer need to send a copy of their invoice to the Ohio Department of Education.

For more information, contact Dwight Groce, Ohio Department of Education, 25 S. Front Street-MS 509, Columbus, OH 43215-4183; phone: 614-387-3200; email: Dwight.groce@education.ohio.gov

The state of Oklahoma will pay part of the AP Exam fees for two categories of public school students: fee-reduced students and standard-fee students who take 2 or more AP Exams in May 2020.

Fee-reduced students are public school students who qualify for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam. For eligibility criteria, visit AP Exam Fee Reductions. For these students, the state of Oklahoma will pay:

  • $43 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
  • $91 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam

The final fee for any AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for fee-reduced students is $10.

Standard-fee students are public school students who do not qualify for the College Board fee reduction. For standard-fee students who take 2 or more AP Exams this year, the state of Oklahoma will pay $25 for each AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) that the student takes.

  • Final fee per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for standard-fee students who take 2 or more exams: $60 (or $69 if school does not forgo the $9 rebate)
  • Final fee per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam for standard-fee students who take 2 or more exams: $108 (or $117 if school does not forgo the $9 rebate)

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for the College Board fee reduction. The AP coordinator should leave the AP Fee Status as the default “Standard” for students who do not qualify for the College Board fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • Send $10 to College Board for each AP Exam taken by fee-reduced students.
  • For AP Exams taken by standard-fee students who took 2 or more AP Exams, send $60 to College Board for each exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams).
  • For AP Seminar and AP Research Exams taken by students who took 2 or more exams, send $108 to College Board for each exam.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for any payment owed to College Board.
  • College Board will bill the state directly for its share of fee-reduced students' and standard-fee students’ AP Exam fees.

For more information, visit: http://www.ok.gov/sde/ap-exam-schedule-and-test-fee, or contact Robbyn Glinsmann, M. Ed, Director of Gifted and Talented & AP, Oklahoma State Department of Education, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 315, Oklahoma City, OK 73105; phone: 405-521-3522; email: Robbyn.Glinsmann@sde.ok.gov

College Board will provide a fee reduction of $32 per AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, for qualifying low-income students in schools in the U.S. Territories and Commonwealths. For eligibility criteria, visit AP Exam Fee Reductions.

  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying low-income students for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams): $53
  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying low-income students for each AP Seminar Exam and each AP Research Exam: $101

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for a fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • Send $53 to College Board for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per qualifying student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per qualifying student.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for payment due to College Board.

College Board will provide a fee reduction of $32 per AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, for qualifying low-income students in schools outside the U.S.

The fee reduction is available for any student who is a member of a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 185% of the poverty level as established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To determine if your students meet these guidelines, refer to the “Annual Family Income for 48 Contiguous States, District of Columbia, Guam, and Territories” column in the table that lists annual family incomes by family size, at 185 percent of the poverty level, within the AP Exam fee reduction eligibility criteria, and convert American dollars into your country's currency.

  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying low-income students for each fee-reduced AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams): $83 ($53 for schools in Canada)
  • Final AP Exam fee for qualifying low-income students for each fee-reduced AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam: $101

What Schools Must Do

Student eligibility for fee reductions is determined by your school’s AP coordinator, who must take the following steps.

Before the exams:

  • Indicate each student’s fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. This replaces bubbling in students’ fee reduction status on their answer sheets.
  • For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate “Reduced” in the AP Fee Status column of the student roster in AP Registration and Ordering for each student who qualifies for a fee reduction.
  • It’s recommended that the AP coordinator indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams before submitting their school’s AP Exam order, so they know as early in the school year as possible the fees that need to be collected from AP students. However, if the AP coordinator needs more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students’ fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Students’ fee reduction status must be accurately indicated in AP Registration and Ordering to ensure accuracy of the final invoice.

After the exams:

  • AP coordinators no longer need to generate the final invoice. The invoice is directly generated by AP Registration and Ordering and emailed to the AP coordinator after the late-testing administration ends.
  • Send $83 ($53 for schools in Canada) to College Board for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per qualifying student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per qualifying student.
  • June 15, 2020 is the postmark deadline for payment due to College Board.

Note that College Board may audit fee reductions claimed at any time. AP coordinators should be able to produce documentation verifying fee reduction claims upon request.