$21.5 million in grants awarded to low-income students in 43 states
Posted by: Kelly McCall
Published on: August 11th, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Getting into college is a very expensive and competitive process, but the U.S. Department of Education has offered its help.
By awarding $21.5 million in grants to 43 states to cover fees for taking Advanced Placement tests, the U.S. Department of Education will make the journey to higher education a less stressful one for low-income students. This program is intended to encourage low-income students to take AP tests and receive college credits for high school classes. This will decrease the time and cost it takes to graduate with a college degree.
Grants under the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program are expected to cover $38 for every AP exam, for up to three exams for every student.
The amount of funding per state is based upon the estimated number of low-income students taking AP tests.
“Advanced Placement participation is an important element in creating a college-going culture in our high schools,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “AP courses help students develop the study skills, critical reasoning and habits of mind that prepare them for the transition to college. They give students — particularly first-generation college-goers — the confidence that they can successfully handle college-level work.”
This grant sounds like a great way to help low-income students have as many educational opportunities they can, without the worry of financial roadblocks. The U.S. Department of Education deserves a big thank you!