Grant money available to studentsAugust 29,2013Aid for student testing available
Low-income students with high hopes will receive financial help from the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $28.8 million in grants to 42 states, including Vermont, to help students pay fees for advanced-placement tests. Vermont will receive $26,100.
Based on the anticipated number of test takers, the grants are expected to be sufficient to pay all but $10 of the cost of each advanced-placement exam taken by low-income students.
By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, the program is intended to encourage those students to take AP tests and obtain college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a postsecondary degree.
The grants can be used to help pay for low-income students taking approved AP tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations.
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