Advanced Placement - AP/IB Test Fee Program
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Advanced Placement

AP/IB Test Fee Program

OSPI is pleased to announce that in 2017 low-income students will be fully subsidized for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests.

Please see the joint press-release from OSPI and the Lieutenant Governor’s office. One-time funds will cover the 2017 program; these come from private sector donations, unspent federal money, and a $75,000 appropriation from the state Legislature.

In order for your school(s) to participate, the following application MUST be completed by March 24, 2017. The application is available now.

The College Board will invoice OSPI directly for the amount of the low-income test fee subsidy paid on behalf of your students. It is essential OSPI staff know the count of participating low-income students and the count of the AP exams the students were registered for.

Please note this application only applies to AP Test Fee Subsidies. A separate i-Grant has been released, #686, for IB tests.

A student is considered low-income and eligible for the subsidy if the student is eligible for free or reduced priced lunch during the 2016-17 school year.

OSPI requests one person per high school coordinate and submit the application. Please ensure that the person submitting informs the appropriate district staff, including the Superintendent, Business Manager, Principal, Counselor, and/or AP Test Coordinators.

For questions, please contact:
Barbara Dittrich
Program Supervisor, Advanced Placement
Special Programs & Federal Accountability
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Phone: (360) 725-6097 Fax: (360) 586-3305
barbara.dittrich@k12.wa.us | www.k12.wa.us



Qualifying low-income students can take advantage of reduced fees on AP exams. Students must be eligible for AP testing offered through the College Board, International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations.

New! Based on the amount of federal funding available, the cost per AP Exam for low-income students is $0.

Determine Student Eligibility

The Washington program recognizes five methods for determining student eligibility. AP/IB coordinators are required to document student eligibility. Coordinator procedures are outlined by program.

Five Methods for Determining Student Eligibility

Eligible students qualify for the Test Fee Program through one of the following methods:

  • Free Lunch Program: The parent or guardian has filled out an application and they are approved for the free lunch program. (Their income is 130% or less of the poverty level figures on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Level Tables.) These are the lowest income families at or below the poverty level.

  • Reduced Lunch Program: The parent or guardian has filled out an application and they are approved for the reduced lunch program. (Their income is 131% to 185% of the poverty level figures on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Level Tables.) These are low-income families at or below the poverty level.

  • Social Security Program: The student’s family receives assistance under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act.

  • Medicaid Program: The student is eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

  • Declaration of Income: If a student would like to be considered for the AP Test Fee Program, but he or she is not a participant in the Free and/or Reduced Price Lunch Program, Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, or the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, he or she may still qualify by having the parent/guardian certify that the student’s family taxable income does not exceed the 2016-17 Annual Low-Income Levels. If this method is used, the parent/guardian must sign the Low-Income Student Verification Form 1616.

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Documenting Student Eligibility

The AP/IB coordinator verifies the eligibility of each individual student using any of the approved methods listed above. A hard copy of student eligibility and supporting documentation is to be kept in a confidential file at the local level. Documentation of student eligibility records are subject to audit. Under ESEA Title I provisions, records must be kept for five years. 

Student Eligibility Documentation Resources

  • OSPI Memo 062-08 issued in 2008, attachment #3, the Advanced Placement Program (Federal Catalog Number 84.330) is specifically identified as a program to which names may be released. To document these two groups of students, submit their names to a district office or program administrator who can verify each student’s program eligibility. No special forms are needed because the student qualifies based on their lunch program status. Keep a copy of the email or memo from the district or program person who confirms the student’s eligibility. This internal memo is all that is needed to document this type of eligibility.
  • Low-Income Student Verification Form 1616 must be used to document student eligibility when parent/guardian declaration of family income is used as the method for qualification.

 

 

   Updated 3/8/2017

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