Advanced Placement courses are offered to enable students to get college credit while still attending high school. The availability of and access to Advanced Placement courses vary, but they are highly desirable and rigorous academic classes. Students who take even one Advanced Placement course have a 45% higher probability of finishing college than those who do not.
More information about nationwide AP performance is available in the
College Board AP Report to the Nation.
For specific program information visit the following College Board web pages:
The Illinois State Board of Education received a Federal grant award to assist high school students who are taking advanced placement college-level exams. High school students who meet the financial need requirements as stipulated for the identification of low-income individuals in the No Child Left Behind Act of 1994 will be eligible for reduced fees for both the College Board Advanced Placement Exams and the International Baccalaureate subject-area exams. More information can be accessed at:
http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home (for AP professionals) and
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home (for AP students and parents).
Illinois Students who are eligible for free or reduced lunches at school qualify for fee reduction on all AP Exams they take that year.
If you have significant financial need, you may be eligible for a College Board fee reduction per AP Exam. In Illinois, the free or reduced lunch status is recommended to be used as the criteria, however, there are alternative criteria: if a student's family receives assistance under part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, or if a student is eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, or if the student is a member of a family whose taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150% of the poverty level as established by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Check with your AP Coordinator to learn more about eligibility requirements for College Board fee reductions, state and district subsidies, and other support that may be available.
Always refer to the
College Board's AP Fee Reduction page for the most recent test fees, costs, and College Board fee reduction amounts.