The Arizona Legislature has appropriated funding for full test fee waivers for low-income students taking Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and Cambridge Assessment International Education A-Level and AS-Level exams, starting in SY2021-2022. This program helps supports Arizona's Achieve60AZ postsecondary attainment goal, which strives to ensure that 60 percent of working adults in Arizona have a certificate or college degree by 2030. Since students exposed to higher learning opportunities such as advanced placement classes, dual enrollment and early college experiences are more likely to pursue a postsecondary education, this initiative intends to increase the number of college graduates, as well as create a more diverse, knowledgeable and innovative workforce in Arizona. ADE will contact schools offering IB, Cambridge A-Level and Cambridge AS-Level exams directly regarding specific next steps on how to access these resources to support their students.
Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Learn more about the College Board's Fee Reduction Eligibility Criteriahere
$53 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams)
$101 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 $0.
What the School Must Do
Your school’s AP coordinator should take the following steps:
Before the exams:
For your invoice to accurately reflect any fee reductions, the AP coordinator must indicate the fee reduction status for each eligible student in AP Registration and Ordering.
For each student who is eligible for the College Board fee reduction, check the box for reduced fee next to their name in the student roster.
For students who aren't eligible for the fee reduction, no action is needed.
Fee reduction status is indicated only once per student, not for each exam.
A best practice is to indicate the fee reduction status for each student by the time you submit your exam order, if possible, to ensure you have time to plan for and collect the appropriate exam fees from students. However, if you need more time to verify this information, the deadline to indicate students' fee reduction status in AP Registration and Ordering is April 30, 2023 (11:59 p.m. ET).
After the exams:
Your invoice will be sent to you via email after the late-testing administration. At that point, you can also access and print the invoice through AP Registration and Ordering.
College Board will bill the state directly for $53 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) per fee-reduced student, and $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam per fee-reduced student.
June 15, 2023, is the postmark deadline for any payment due to College Board.
AP coordinators do not need to submit a copy of their invoice to the Arizona Department of Education.
Title IV, Part A funds may also be used by schools and districts to help "promot(e) access to accelerated learning opportunities including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, dual or concurrent enrollment programs and early college high schools*"
Examples of support may include:
Providing funding to cover part or all of the cost of AP Exam fees for low-income students in all schools (not just Title I schools)
Increasing student access to, and improving student achievement in, postsecondary level instruction and exams, including AP