Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement (AP) program, an initiative of the College Board®, is a portfolio of rigorous courses designed by faculty experts from across the country to reflect the breadth of information, skills, and assignments found in the corresponding college courses. Each of these courses is aligned with an exam that test students’ abilities to perform at a college level. Many postsecondary institutions award credit for students who meet or exceed institutionally-established cut scores on AP exams, allowing students to earn college credits while still in high school. For more information, visit the College Board website.

Federal Grants for Economically Disadvantaged Students Taking AP/IB/Cambridge Exams

We received confirmation from the US Department of Education (USED) that a final decision has been made regarding federal funding for Advanced Placement (AP) Exam subsidies for low-income students. 2014 federal funding for AP, IB, and Cambridge test fees will cover $37 per AP Exam in 2014.  This brings the student contribution to $18 per exam for economically disadvantaged students.

Like last year, we have established a direct billing agreement between the Tennessee Department of Education and the College Board in an effort to eliminate the lengthy reimbursement process for schools and districts. This process is outlined in detail in this document. Please note the following deadlines:

Emily Carter, Career and Technical Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Please direct questions about the AP program or this federal grant to

Last Update: July 16, 2014