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

Income Eligibility Guidelines

(Effective July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)

For School Use Only — Do Not Send to Households!

Household SizeFree Meals (130%)Reduced Price Meals (185%)
YearMonthTwice per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeekYearMonthTwice per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeek
Each additional
family member, add

Calculating Household Income

  • If there is only one source of income or if all sources are received in the same frequency, no conversion is required.
  • If there are multiple income sources with more than one frequency, the LEA must annualize all income by multiplying:
    • Weekly income by 52;
    • Bi-weekly income (received every two weeks) by 26;
    • Semi-monthly income (received twice a month) by 24;
    • Monthly income by 12.
  • Do not round the values resulting from each conversion.
  • Add all of the un-rounded converted values and compare the un-rounded converted total to the appropriate IEG for annual income for the household size.
  • Refer to pages 50–52 in the Eligibility Manual for School Meals (July 2017) for more information.

Last Updated: November 6, 2020

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