Changes to AP Federal Funding Under ESSA
Since 1998, the federal government has provided states with dedicated funding to offset the cost of AP Exams for low-income students under a Title I program called the Advanced Placement® Test Fee Program.
As of 2017, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) eliminated this program and consolidated AP funding with 40 other educational programs under a new Title IV, Part A block grant.
The vast majority (95%) of this new Title IV, Part A funding will go to districts, which can use these funds to subsidize their low-income students' AP Exam fees in 2018. States can reserve up to 5% of the funds and use them for the same purpose.
Many states will continue to provide funding for students' AP Exams. The 2018 state-specific fee reduction information will be available in spring 2018.
For eligibility criteria and procedures, including criteria for schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), please visit Fee Reductions for AP Exams. For more information on the changes to AP federal funding under ESSA, visit Changes to AP Federal Funding under ESSA.