AP/IB Test Fee Program
OSPI has participated in the federal AP Test Fee Program grant since 1999.
Through this program, test fees are reduced for qualifying low-income students
who are eligible for advanced placement testing offered through the College
Board and the International Baccalaureate Organization. This opportunity
is funded through the federal
AP Test Fee Payment Program for low-income
students. This program is authorized by the
Elementary and Secondary Education
Act, Title I Part G.
The Washington program recognizes five methods for
determining student eligibility. AP/IB coordinators are required to document
student eligibility. Coordinator procedures are outlined by program.
Eligible students qualify for the Test Fee Program through one of the following methods:
- Free Lunch Program: The parent or guardian has filled out an
application and they are approved for the free lunch program.
(Their income is 130% or less of the poverty level figures on
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Level
Tables.) These are the lowest income families at or below the
- Reduced Lunch Program: The parent or guardian has
filled out an application and they are approved for the reduced
lunch program. (Their income is 131% to 185% of the poverty
level figures on the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services Poverty Level Tables.) These are low-income families at
or below the poverty level.
- Social Security Program: The student’s family receives
assistance under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act.
- Medicaid Program: The student is eligible to receive medical
assistance under the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the
Social Security Act.
- Declaration of Income: If a student would like to be
considered for the AP Test Fee Program, but he or she is not a
participant in the Free and/or Reduced Price Lunch Program, Part
A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, or the Medicaid
program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, he or she
may still qualify by having the parent/guardian certify that the
student’s family taxable income does not exceed the
2011 Annual Low-Income Levels. If this method is used, the
parent/guardian must sign the Low-Income Student Verification
The AP/IB coordinator verifies the eligibility of each individual student
using any of the approved methods listed above. A hard copy of student
eligibility and supporting documentation is to be kept in a confidential file at
the local level. Documentation of student eligibility records are subject to
audit. Under ESEA Title I provisions, records must be kept for five years.
Student Eligibility Documentation Resources
- OSPI Memo 062-08
issued in 2008, attachment #3, the Advanced Placement Program
(Federal Catalog Number 84.330) is specifically identified as a
program to which names may be released. To document these two
groups of students, submit their names to a district office or
program administrator who can verify each student’s program
eligibility. No special forms are needed because the student
qualifies based on their lunch program status. Keep a copy of
the email or memo from the district or program person who
confirms the student’s eligibility. This internal memo is all
that is needed to document this type of eligibility.
- Low-Income Student Verification
form 1616 must be used to document student eligibility when
parent/guardian declaration of family income is used as the
method for qualification.