A grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help Illinois and 42 other states cover either all or a portion of the fees charged to low-income students taking Advanced Placement exams.
The grants are designed to cover up to $38 per exam for up to three exams per student. The goal of the grants is to encourage low-income students to not only take the exam for college credit, but also to reduce the time and cost required to get a college degree.
"These funds will help eliminate financial roadblocks for more low-income students and allow them to fully benefit from the AP program," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.
The Illinois Board of Education will receive $1,721,335 in grant money in 2012 for students taking AP exams administered by the College Board and the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Levels of funding were determined on estimates how many low-income students would take AP exams in a particular state.
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