Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Program Fee Waiver Program for New York
Fee Waiver Program for New York
Important update regarding AP Exam fee subsidies for low-income students in New York.
For public and non-public school students qualifying for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam, the state of New York will pay:
- $40 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
- $88 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam
The final fee for any AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for a qualifying student is $13.
What Schools Must Do
Your school's AP coordinator takes the following steps.
Before the exams:
- Determine the total number of students in your school eligible for fee reductions for low-income students.
- Determine the total number of exams they’ll take.
- Enter these numbers on the AP Exam Ordering website before ordering exams.
After the exams:
- Fill in the "Option 1" circle on each qualifying student's registration answer sheet.
- When generating your invoice online, enter the total number of exams taken by qualifying low-income students.
- Send $13 to the AP Program for each AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, taken by qualifying low-income students.
- Schools no longer need to submit a copy of their College Board AP Exam Invoice, nor a signed roster of qualifying student names, to the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
The College Board will bill the state directly for $40 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per qualifying student, and $88 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per qualifying student.
New York State Funding for Low-Income Students’ 2018 IB Exams
Important update regarding IB Exam fee subsidies for low-income students in New York.
For public and non-public school students qualifying for the IB fee reduction the state of New York will pay $106 per exam. The final fee for any IB exam for a qualifying student is $13.
Updated June 6, 2018
Important Changes to Federal Funding for Low‐Income Students’ low income fee waiver exams in New York.
Starting with the May 2017 AP Exams, New York will no longer be able to access funds through the federal AP Test Fee Program, which expired in 2016. The program was consolidated with many other education programs under ESSA Title IV, Part A. Funding for AP activities is available under Title IV‐A, as well as under Title I and Title II.
As a result of federal funding, the number of AP Exams taken by low‐income students in New York has grown from 9,850 in 1998, the year before the federal program began, to 69,500 in 2016. The potential college tuition savings attributable to AP Exams taken by low‐income students in New York who received federal funding in 2016 and scored a 3 or higher is $24 million.
Please note that beginning in school year 2017-2018, under Title IV, section 4104 (b) of the ESSA, States may choose to utilize a portion of their Title IV formula funds for various State activities, which may include paying all or a portion of “accelerated learning” exam fees for low-income students. In the future, the United States Department of Education (USDE) Office of Safe and Healthy Students, the office that will administer Title IV under ESSA, will provide you with the program contact for questions you may have about how States may support Title IV of ESSA.
USDE has indicated that LEAs may use Title I, Part A funds to pay the cost for low-income students to take an AP or IB exam in limited circumstances. Title I, Part A funds may be used to pay the cost of taking an AP or IB exam for a student from a low-income family who is participating in a Title I, Part A program, provided that paying for those costs is otherwise the responsibility of the student’s parents. In other words, Title I, Part A funds may be used to pay the cost of taking the exam if, absent the Title I, Part A funds, the student would not be able to access the exam. To the extent that the LEA covers the cost of the exams for all students or the LEA has a fund to pay the cost for students from low-income families in general, Title I, Part A funds may not be used.
LEAs interested in using Title I, Part A funds for this purpose should see C-4 in USDE’s February 2008 non-regulatory guidance titled Title I Fiscal Issue.
and B-4, B-7, and C-4 in USDE's September 2009 non-regulatory guidance titled Using Title I, Part A ARRA Funds.
For potential actions that LEAs can take to continue supporting AP exams for low-income students see: Federal Funding for AP