AP/IB Test Fee Program
In the 2016–17 school year, federal funding is no longer available to continue the program. Districts and schools will need to utilize other sources of funds in order to support low-income students in taking AP, IB, and Cambridge exams.
The Advanced Placement Test Fee Program has provided federal funds to reduce the cost of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Cambridge exams taken by low-income students in public and private schools since 1999.
This federal funding is authorized and apportioned by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In its latest iteration, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the AP Test Fee Program was removed from Title I, and placed into a block grant in Title IV. However, ESSA is not fully implemented until the 2017–18 school year, and this leaves a gap in federal funding for 2017 exams.
Lawmakers are currently working to try to restore funding for the program in time for exams during the 2016–17 school year. If funding is restored, OSPI will send out information to schools and the public through our Communications Office.