Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Test Fee Reimbursement

2019-2020 Fee Reimbursement

The Ohio Department of Education believes that Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate are important parts of high school improvement and academic achievement. Consequently, the Department is providing funds to reduce the costs of the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests for eligible students from low-income families.

The Ohio General Assembly’s approved two-year budget includes funding that reduces Advanced Placement test fees for students from low-income families for the Spring 2020 tests.  The Ohio Department of Education will pay the remaining balance of fees for qualifying public and non-public school students taking the Advanced Placement tests using the new funds from the state budget and federal Title IV “state activity” funds. These funds will also pay for the International Baccalaureate test fees. The eligible low-income students will have no test fees.

For public and non-public school students qualifying for the College Board fee reduction of $32 per exam, the Ohio Department of Education will pay:

  • $53 per AP Exam (except AP Seminar and AP Research Exams);
  • $101 per AP Seminar Exam and AP Research Exam.

The final fee for any AP Exam (including AP Seminar and AP Research Exams) for a qualifying student is $0. Schools in Ohio do not need to pay the College Board for AP Exams taken by low-income students as these exams will be billed directly to state.
 
The International Baccalaureate test fee of $119 will be covered by the Department for eligible low-income students. The final fee for the student is $0.

Paying these fees will meet the Ohio Strategic Plan for Education’s effort to address equity issues and should help narrow the achievement gap.

Schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) must use criteria other than if students are receiving federal reduced lunch.  For more information, go to the AP Coordinator’s Manual 2019-2020, pp. 24-25. The criteria also apply for fee reimbursement for IB tests.

AP coordinators must indicate which students qualify for the fee reductions in AP Registration and Ordering. The College Board will provide more information on invoice procedures.

IB coordinators will complete the International Baccalaureate reimbursement invoice form. 

The College Board will require students to be registered for AP examinations for the 2019-2020 school year by Oct. 4 as the priority deadline and by Nov. 15 as the final deadline. For general questions, please contact Dwight Groce at (614) 387-3200 or Dwight.groce@education.ohio.gov

Last Modified: 9/23/2019 12:18:22 PM