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NOTE: The Fiscal Year 2019 Advance Placement Course  Implementation-College and Career Success for All Students Program RFP Forms are currently being updated. You may continue to complete your application using the form. Please be aware there is an error in how the Total Budget is calculated using the current form. Current applicants should make manual corrections to their application and scan and submit. This will not impact your eligibility, the Illinois State Board of Education will work with grant applications to guarantee errors in the Total Budget will not penalize applicants.

 Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB)

federal​ and State AP Exam Fee Assistance

The College Board provides a fee reduction of $32 per AP Exam, including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams, for qualifying low-income students in Illinois. For eligibility criteria, visit AP Exam Fee Reductions.

  • $53 per AP Exam per qualifying student (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
  • $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per qualifying student
  • $38 AP Exam, except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams
  • $86 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam

ISBE will distribute the Title 1 funds to districts, and then schools will need to use the funds to pay the College Board. After the state funding is provided to the district, the expectation is that the cost per AP Exam for qualifying low-income students (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) will be $15.

Funding is limited, so participating districts that have not already done so must submit a Notice of Intent to ISBE as soon as possible to receive the funds. The Notice of Intent permits Title I funds to be calculated for the allocation to the district and includes the number of anticipated AP exams. 

What Schools Must Do

Your school's AP coordinator must take the following steps:

Before the exams:

  • ​Districts must submit the Notice of Intent to ISBE to receive Title 1 funding allocation for AP exams:
    • Determine the total number of qualifying students in your school eligible for exam fee reductions.
    • Consult with non-public schools within district to determine number of qualifying eligible for exam fee reductions.
    • 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 AP Exam answer sheet.
  • When generating your invoice online, enter the total number of exams taken by qualifying low-income students.
  • Send $53 to the AP Program for each AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per qualifying student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per qualifying student.
  • As a District, submit a copy of each school's invoice to the state.*

*Instructions for AP coordinators:
At the completion of your AP Exam administration, you must generate and submit an invoice online, print a hard copy, and mail the completed invoice with payment to the AP Program by June 15, 2018. The ordering website automatically prints out three copies of the invoice:
  • A Program Copy to send to the College Board with payment;
  • A School Copy to retain for your records; and
  • A State Copy to be sent to ISBE.

Send the State Copy of the invoice to:

Kristy Harvell, ​Program Specialist
Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. First Street
Springfield, IL 62777
Phone: 217-524-4832
Fax: 217-782-0710

The above contact information will be included on the State Copy of your invoice. The state copy will be used by ISBE to confirm the total number of AP Exams taken by qualifying students at your school.

For questions and more information, contact Brian Houser at​​​​, by phone at 217-524-4832, or by fax at 217-782-0710.

 Administrator and Teacher Resources

 Parent and Student Resources

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 nationw​ide AP performance is available in the College Board AP Report to the Nation.

For specific program information visit the following College Board web pages:

Fee Reductions

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: (for AP professionals) and (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.​​​​​​​​​

 College and Career Success for All Students State Program

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