Advanced Placement - AP/IB Test Fee Program
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Advanced Placement

AP/IB Test Fee Program

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 Capstone Program.

Cost for 2014 AP Exams Set at $18
The U.S. Dept. of Education has set the price of 2014 AP testing at $18 per exam. Up from $10 in 2013, students can take as many AP exams as they want.

Determine Student Eligibility
Authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title I Part G, OSPI has participated in the AP Test Fee Payment Program for low-income students, since 1999.

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 2013 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.

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