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Important Updates

For more information, please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1.

College Board provides a $32 fee reduction per exam for students with financial need. Schools are expected to forgo their $9 rebate for these students, resulting in a cost of $53 per exam (for international: $83 per exam; for AP Seminar or AP Research Exams: $101).

New! The process and deadline for indicating fee reduction status are new for 2019-20. AP coordinators need to indicate through AP Registration and Ordering by April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET) each student who is eligible for a fee reduction. Please closely review the details in Deadline to Indicate Fee Reduction Status.

Every Student Succeeds Act

In 2017, there were funding changes under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). To continue providing funding for AP Exams for low-income students, states and districts need to act to commit resources to support low-income student exam participation. Talk to your principal and/or administration to ensure a plan is in place to dedicate funding to subsidize students’ 2020 exams. For more information on available federal funding options, visit collegeboard.org/ap-essa.

For those states that continue to provide funding for low-income students’ AP Exams, state-specific fee reduction information, including fee reduction information for schools outside the U.S., will be posted on Federal and State Assistance as soon as each state’s funding plan is finalized.

Eligibility Criteria for AP Exam Fee Reductions

College Board has different eligibility criteria for AP Exam fee reductions, depending on whether a school or district participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP is a program for U.S. schools and districts with high percentages of low-income children to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.

For schools and districts that meet the criteria and choose to participate in CEP, a student’s enrollment in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program can no longer be used as a proxy to determine eligibility for AP Exam fee reductions. The reason is that all students in a CEP-participating school or district, regardless of each student’s individual family income status, are automatically eligible for free meals. Accordingly, Community Eligibility schools and districts will instead need to determine each individual student’s eligibility.

Primary Criteria for Schools/Districts Not Participating in Community Eligibility

Schools and districts that don’t participate in the Community Eligibility Provision can still use enrollment or eligibility to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program as a proxy to determine eligibility for AP Exam fee reductions. For these schools/districts, the following criteria must be used:

Students who are either enrolled or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program qualify for the AP Exam fee reduction on all AP Exams that they take in a given year. Students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch if:

  • their family’s income is at or below 185% of the poverty level issued annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or
  • the students are directly certified without application for free school meals because they are:
    • in foster care or Head Start, or
    • homeless or migrant, or
    • living in households that receive SNAP/Food Stamps, TANF cash assistance, or the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations benefits

Primary Criteria for Schools/Districts Participating in Community Eligibility

Students are eligible for the AP Exam fee reduction on all AP Exams that they take in a given year if:

  • their family’s income is at or below 185% of the poverty level issued annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or
  • they qualify as an “identified student” because they are:
    • in foster care or Head Start, or
    • homeless or migrant, or
    • living in households that receive SNAP/Food Stamps, TANF cash assistance, or the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations benefits.

Alternative Criteria for All Schools/Districts

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 is enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • The student’s family receives public assistance.
  • The student lives in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home or is homeless.
  • The student is a ward of the state or an orphan.

The following table lists annual family incomes by family size, at 185% of the poverty level. If the student’s family’s income did not exceed the amount listed in the relevant row and column, that student qualifies for an AP Exam fee reduction.

Size of Family Unit Annual Family Income* for 48 Contiguous States, District of Columbia, Guam, and U.S. Territories Annual Family Income* for Alaska Annual Family Income* for Hawaii

1

$23, 107

$28,860

$26,603

2

$31,284

$39,091

$36,001

3

$39,461

$49,321

$45,399

4

$47,638

$59,552

$54,797

5

$55,815

$69,782

$64,195

6

$63,992

$80,013

$73,593

7

$72,169

$90,243

$82,991

8

$80,346

$100,474

$92,389

Each additional family member add:

$8,177

$10,231

$9,398

* The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 185% of the 2019-20 federal income poverty guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These levels were published in the Federal Register, Vol. 84, No. 54, 3/20/19, pp. 10295-98.

New! Deadline to Indicate Fee Reduction Status

To be properly credited, the fee reduction status for each student must be indicated in AP Registration and Ordering by April 30, 2020 (11:59 p.m. ET). Fee reduction statuses must be indicated by this date to ensure accurate costs are reflected on your final invoice.

Students’ fee reduction status is no longer bubbled in on their answer sheet; for AP Chinese and AP Japanese, there’s no longer a separate fee reduction form.

We encourage you to indicate the fee reduction status for AP students taking exams by the time you submit your AP Exam order, so you’ll know as early in the school year as possible the fees you’ll need to collect from AP students.

After April 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET, you won’t be able to make any changes to fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering. If a change is needed to a student’s fee reduction status after this date, call AP Services for Educators.

For more information about indicating fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering, please see the AP Coordinator’s Manual, Part 1.