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Utah gets federal grant to subsidize AP exam fees

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is getting nearly $140,000 to help pay Advanced Placement test fees for low-income high school students.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah is getting nearly $140,000 to help pay Advanced Placement test fees for low-income high school students.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Wednesday that Utah was one of 43 states getting a share of a $21.5 million federal grant.

The money should cover up to $38 per AP test, and will apply to as many as three tests per student.

The Advanced Placement program allows high school students to take college-level classes and earn college credit for the coursework if they pass an exam.

The tests cost $87 apiece, although testing company College Board offers discounts for low-income students.

Officials say the subsidies will help reduce barriers for students planning to take the exam, and will ultimately save them money on college courses.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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