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Advanced Placement Exam Fee Subsidy Program

Fee subsidy available for public school low-income students taking AP STEM exams in May 2017

The U.S. Department of Education's AP Test Fee Program ended on June 30, 2016. On March 30, 2017, the Executive Committee of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council committed to providing a subsidy of $38/ exam for public school low-income students (students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch) who are taking the AP exams in spring 2017 in STEM subjects (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, calculus, environmental science, and statistics).

Please note that the Council will also provide a subsidy of up to $101 per STEM Exam for public school low-income students taking the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the same STEM subjects. However, the IB exam registration fee will not be subsidized.

The 2017 Breakdown of the AP STEM Exam fee for eligible students will be:

Cost ComponentAmount Per Exam
Student or School/District Contribution$15
Massachusetts State Subsidy funded by the STEM Advisory Council$38
College Board Fee Reduction$31
College Board Exam Rebate (Waived for Students from Low-Income families)$9
Total Exam Fee$93

Steps schools/districts need to take to avail of this subsidy:

  1. Determine student eligibility for the STEM Fee Subsidy using the following criteria:
    1. the student is enrolled in the STEM advanced placement course for which he/she is taking the exam, and (B) or (C)

    2. the student is eligible for free or reduced priced school lunch under the National School Lunch Act,

    3. The student participates 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 with the documentation that students who are receiving AP STEM exam fee subsidies have met the eligibility requirements for up to 5 years. The state program coordinator may conduct on-site reviews of the files for the purpose of verifying student eligibility. High schools must ensure that all information documenting student eligibility for the AP STEM exam fee subsidy remain confidential.

  2. At the completion of your AP Exam administration, you must generate and submit an invoice using the College Board's AP Exam ordering website, print a hard copy, and mail the completed invoice with any payment due to the AP Program by June 15, 2017. When generating your school's invoice, you will need to provide the total number of AP STEM Exams taken by eligible students. The College Board will apply a $38 credit per exam on your invoice for each of these exams. The ordering website will automatically print out three copies of the invoice: a Program Copy for you to send back to the College Board with payment; a School Copy for you to retain for your records; a State Copy to be sent to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    The State Copy of the invoice must be sent to:

    Meto Raha
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 PleasantStreet
    Malden, MA 02148
    Fax Number: 781-338-3395

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the Advanced Placement STEM Exam Fee Subsidies, please contact Meto Raha at (781) 338-3548 or by e-mail at

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March 29, 2017 Letter from Secretary Peyser to Commissioner Chester Regarding AP Fees

Last Updated: April 6, 2017
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