California gets $10.6M to defray student exam costs

Aug 12, 2015 3:11 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is getting $10.6 million from the federal government to help defray costs of advanced placement exams for low-income students.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education was announced Wednesday. The agency says the money will help prepare historically underserved students for college and careers.

California got the lion's share of $28.4 million distributed among 38 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Grant levels are based on state estimates of the number of tests students will take.

The Education Department says the grants will cover all but $12 of advanced placement tests. Without grants, some tests cost nearly $100.

The department says the reduced costs will encourage students to take placement tests and obtain college credit, reducing time and costs for a postsecondary degree.

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