For the last 10 years, the Maine Department of Education has worked with the U.S. Department of Education and the College Board to acquire grant money to cover the entire Advanced Placement exam fee for low-income students who are enrolled in an AP course. However, with major cuts at the federal level, the Department is no longer able to fund the full cost of the 2013 AP exam fees.
The AP exam cost for 2013 is $89. This price is reduced to $53 per exam for low-income students. This is a result of the school retaining an $8 rebate to help with administrative costs and the College Board providing a $28 fee reduction per exam for students who qualify for financial needs.
The 2013 AP funds provided by the U.S. DOE to defray the costs of exams have been decreased. For this year, low-income students will now be required to pay $20 towards the cost of the AP exam. Schools will collect the $20 fee from the low-income students, and those fees will be paid to the College Board at the time of invoicing. The remaining $33 balance will still be contracted between the College Board and paid by the Maine DOE from federal funds the Department receives.
The ordering deadline for all Maine schools is April 12, 2013. Orders placed after this deadline will incur a $50 late fee. Additional information is available on the College Board website.
The Maine DOE notified AP coordinators and teachers, and high school principals and guidance directors of this information on Oct. 16, 2012.