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      States get $28M in grants to defray AP exam costs

      WASHINGTON -- The Education Department is announcing $28.4 million in grants to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands to reduce the cost of advanced placement exams for low-income students.

      The department said the reduced cost will encourage low-income and first-generation students to take the exams. Students who pass the test could earn college credit, reducing the time and cost for a post-secondary degree.

      Some students could pay as little as $18 for a test, or less when coupled with other subsidizes. Without the grants, some advanced placement tests cost nearly $100.

      The program helps to cover fees for advanced placement tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations.

      According to the release from the department, North Carolina will get $759,099. South Carolina will not receive any funding.

      The release says the level of funding was based on state estimates of the numbers of tests that would be taken by low-income students.