Curriculum and Instruction

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Program
Fee Waiver Program for New York

New York State Funding for Low-Income Students’ 2017 AP Exams

Important update regarding AP Exam fee subsidies for low-income students in New York. 

The state of New York has just announced that it will use state funds to pay a portion of  the AP Exam fee for low-income public school students.

For public school students qualifying for the College Board fee reduction of $31 per exam, the state of New York will pay:

•             $25 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)

•             $73 per AP Seminar and AP Research Exam

The final fee for any AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for a qualifying student is now $28 per exam.

We would like to thank Governor Cuomo for his deep commitment to ensuring that New York’s low-income students receive opportunities to earn college credit and placement by taking AP exams.

Updated April 20, 2017

Important Changes to Federal Funding for Low‐Income Students’ Advanced Placement 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 Issues; available at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/fiscalguid.pdf;

and B-4, B-7, and C-4 in USDE's September 2009 non-regulatory guidance titled Using Title I, Part A ARRA Funds available at: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/leg/recovery/guidance/titlei-reform.pdf


For potential actions that LEAs can take to continue supporting AP exams for low-income students see: Federal Funding for AP (183 KB) PDF document

Last Updated: April 20, 2017