AP Exam Waivers

Advanced Placement examinations are taken each spring at the end of year-long courses that are designed to provide college-level curricula. Many colleges and universities grant credits and/or advanced placement based on AP scores.

Important Information Regarding Advance Placement Test Fees

Recently the USDOE released additional funds to support the AP Test Fee Program. There is no longer a required $15 fee per exam for qualifying students; these additional funds will cover the full cost of all AP Exams for qualifying students.

If you have collected funds from qualifying students based on the previous $15 test fee for the first three exams and $53 for additional exams, please issue a refund to those students. RIDE does not have any standard guidance on how to distribute AP exam refunds because each school and LEA has different policies about how it handles the collection of funds/distribution of refunds for the AP exams.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Reduced Exam Fee for Qualifying Students

Rhode Island public school students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses who qualify for free/reduced lunch also qualify for the AP Exam Fee Waiver Program. This year Rhode Island will be receiving a grant from the USDOE to subsidize the cost of the AP Exam, allowing qualifying students to take AP Exams at no cost.

Who qualifies?

A student is eligible for the AP Exam Fee Reduction if the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, was enrolled in the AP class/classes for the 2011-2012 school year, and will be taking an AP exam in Spring 2012.

What the school must do:

Before the AP Exam: Schools are required to keep all records of student enrollment in AP courses and qualification for free/reduced lunch in the event that the USDOE audits RIDE. It is suggested that you maintain an up to date list with students who qualify for the AP Fee Reduction and their corresponding AP class/classes.

  • Fill in the "Option 1" oval on qualifying students' AP Exam answer sheets.
  • Enter the total number of exams (not students) that qualify for the fee reduction when generating your invoice online.
  • Maintain a list of students who qualify for the AP Exam Fee Waiver; record each individual exam that the student is taking.


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