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Many states use federal and state funding to further reduce the exam fee for students who are eligible for a College Board fee reduction. State policies for the 2021 AP Exams will be posted on this page as soon as each state’s funding plan is finalized for the 2020-21 school year.

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.

College Board and states are working together to provide information about 2021 subsidies in advance of the November 13 final ordering deadline wherever possible, but in some cases, states won't be able to finalize their subsidies until later in the school year. Because the unused/canceled exam fee won't be applied this year, students should be encouraged to register for their exams in the fall.

If Your State Requires Students to Be Enrolled in a Course

Some states require students taking an AP Exam to be enrolled in the corresponding course in order for those students to receive state funding for their exam. Students solely enrolled in an exam only section for a given AP subject won’t receive state funding in this case. For example, students taking AP courses at a virtual school must be enrolled in both the exam only section at the school where they’ll be taking the exam and in a class section for the corresponding course through their virtual school.

If Your State Eliminates Its Subsidy

If your state provided a subsidy for low-income students’ AP Exams in 2020, and the subsidy is eliminated after you’ve submitted your exam order:

  • For students who choose to still take their exams: The amount that will be calculated on your invoice for these exams will reflect your state’s available funding as of the time the invoice is generated.
  • For students who choose not to take their exams: No exam payment will be owed.