Low-income students in Maryland who decide to take the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests will get some subsidies from the federal government to help cover some of the cost.
The federal government announced Tuesday that it is awarding Maryland a $635,000 grant to help pay for the tests. Maryland was one of more than 40 states to receive funding totaling $28.4 million.
The Advanced Placement tests now cost $89 a test, and some students will take more than one test. With the grants and some fee help from the College Board, students should have to pay only $18 a test. In addition, some schools find money in their budgets to help students taking multiple tests.
The federal government has provided the subsidies for many years, although two years ago the money was slow to be released.