Advanced Placement Program (Advanced Placement Test Fee; Advanced Placement Incentive Program Grants)
To award grants to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and national nonprofit educational organizations with expertise in advanced placement services to support State and local efforts to increase access to advanced placement classes and tests for low-income students and to award grants to State educational agencies to cover part or all of the cost of test fees for students from low-income families enrolled in advanced placement courses.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended, Title I, Part G.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and national nonprofit educational organizations with expertise in advanced placement services may apply for AP Incentive grants. State educational agencies may apply for grants under the AP Test Fee program.
Students from low-income families who are enrolled in an advanced placement class and plan to take an advanced placement test and their teachers benefit.
The AP Test Fee program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. OMB Ciricular No. A-87 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-122 for non-profit organizations apply to the AP Incentive program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants should secure grant application forms and prepare and address submissions according to directions published in the Federal Register.
Applications for AP Test Fee are reviewed by Department of Education staff. The selection of AP Test Fee grantees is noncompetitive. Selection of AP Incentive grantees is competitive and based on a nonfederal review of applications using selection criteria published in a notice in the Federal Register. Final decisions on grants are made by the Secretary after considering statutory and other applicable requirements.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 120 days after receipt of applications.
Awards under the AP Test Fee program are made for one year only. Awards under the AP Incentive program are made for a period of up to 3 years; after the first year, grantees may receive annual continuations contingent on project performance and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
The selection process for AP Test Fee grants is noncompetitive; no selection criteria are used and applicants that submit applications meeting applicable requirements will receive awards. Selection of AP Incentive grantees is competitive and based on a nonfederal review of applications using selection criteria published in a notice in the Federal Register.
How may assistance be used?
The Advanced Placement (AP) Incentive program provides grants to eligible entities for activities that increase the participation of students from low-income families in both pre-advanced placement and advanced placement courses and tests, including teacher training and course development, coordination, and articulation. The AP Test Fee program provides awards to enable States to cover all or part of the cost of test fees for students from low-income families who are enrolled in advanced placement classes. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act requires the Secretary to give priority to funding the Advanced Placement Test Fee program, with remaining funds allocated to Advanced Placement Incentive Grants.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting requirements are included in the final grant documents. Grantees also may be subject to national evaluation performed by the Department of Education. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Additional audit requirements may be specified in the grant award documents.
Records are to be maintained as indicated in the grant award document.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: A matching requirement applies to the AP Incentive program. Matching requirements are not applicable to the AP Test Fee program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made for one year for the AP Test Fee program, and for up to 3 years for the AP Incentive program, contingent on performance and availablity of funds.. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Madeline Baggett Department of Education, OESE Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 260-2502
(Project Grants) FY 14 $28,483,000; FY 15 est $28,483,000; and FY 16 est $28,483,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY14 average AP Test Fee award: $678,167.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
34 CFR 75, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, 86, and 99. Applicants should contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate for more information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available