All students—including those from low-income families—deserve the opportunity to participate in AP.
State funding plays a critical role in expanding AP opportunities for students. In 2022, a total of 33 states and the District of Columbia recognized the importance of providing AP access to students by giving them the financial support they needed, including:
- 6 states that fully funded AP Exams for all low-income students.
- 12 states and the District of Columbia that fully funded AP Exams for all low-income, public school students only.
- 15 states that provided partial funding for AP Exams for low-income students.
In states that provided funding, students received on average a $45 per exam state subsidy in 2022—up by $7 over 2021. Alongside the $34 AP Fee Reduction, the resulting fee charged to students was $8 per exam.
State and district leaders are encouraged to announce support for the AP Program as early as possible in the academic year. An early commitment communicates a strong assurance to students and has proved to increase AP participation rates and narrow equity gaps.