Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Fee Subsidy Program

AP and IB Exam Fee Subsidy Program 2018-2019

*This cycle of this program has ended.

Exam fee subsidy available for low-income students from eligible districts taking AP Exam and IB exams in May 2019 Exams

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has committed up to $322,596 to provide AP and IB exam fee subsidies for low-income* public school students only in districts that have one or more schools identified as requiring assistance in the state's accountability system. Additional avenues available for subsidizing low-income student exam fees in all districts are highlighted in the Memo.

The Advanced Placement (AP) invoicing process remains the same as outlined by College Board.

The 2019 Breakdown of the AP Exam fee for eligible students:
Cost ComponentAmount Per Exam
Student or School/District Contribution$15
Massachusetts State Subsidy$38
College Board Fee Reduction$32
College Board Exam Rebate (Waived for Students from Low-Income families)$9
Total Exam Fee$94
The 2019 Fee Breakdown for AP Seminar Exams and AP Research Exams for eligible students:
Cost ComponentAmount Per Exam
Student or School/District Contribution$15
Massachusetts State Subsidy$86
College Board Fee Reduction$32
College Board Exam Rebate (Waived for Students from Low-Income families)$9
Total Exam Fee$142

Steps you need to take to apply for the above MA State AP exam fee subsidy

For AP Subsidy

Cohort I:

If your school is in list A of qualifying schools

  1. Confirm that the student is enrolled in the Advanced Placement course he/she is taking the exam, and determine student *low-income eligibility using (B) or (C) or (D) below:
  2. Economically Disadvantaged (ECODIS) status using SASID number

or

  1. Free and reduced priced lunch status Using Massachusetts Income Eligibility Guidelines (link to Eligibility guidelines document)

or

  1. Student participation in one or more of the following state-administered programs:
    • the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • the Transitional Assistance for Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
    • the Department of Children and Families' (DCF) foster care program
    • and MassHealth (Medicaid)

High schools are required to maintain secure files of the Form and all supporting documents of student eligibility for up to 5 years. The state program coordinator may conduct on-site reviews of the files for verifying student eligibility. High schools must ensure that all information documenting student eligibility for the AP exam fee subsidy remain confidential.

Special Instruction Cohort (I) only! After the administration of the AP exams, the College Board will invoice your school/district applying a credit of $38/ AP exam. Please complete the state copy of the invoice from the College Board and email to testfeesubsidy@doe.mass.edu with College Board Invoice Copy in the subject line.

Cohort II:

If your school receives services from Mass Insight Education and your school is in list B of qualifying schools:

  1. Follow all steps (except the Special Instruction) from Cohort I
  2. Contact: Wesley Chin

For IB Fee Subsidy

Cohort III:

If your school is in list C of qualifying districts:

  1. Follow all steps (except the Special Instruction) from Cohort I
  2. Complete the International Baccalaureate Test Fee Reimbursement Program School Worksheet (2019)
  3. Use the template to invoice
  4. Email b and c to testfeesubsidy@doe.mass.edu.

If you have questions or need clarification please contact Meto Raha.

Note: Only IB exam (not IB registration) fee is eligible for this subsidy. The IB subsidy is $104/exam. Student, school or district will have to contribute $15 toward each exam fee.

Please contact Meto Raha if your school is not in any of the list but your district has one or more schools identified as requiring assistance in the state's accountability system or if you have any questions.

 
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