HOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced an agreement with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to provide partial fee subsidies for low-income students accessing Advanced Placement (AP) tests, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and Cambridge International Examinations in the spring of 2018. The grant is also supported by generous donations from the Arizona GEAR UP program and the Burton Family Foundation.
“Increasing access to college-credit courses by addressing financial barriers is critical to engaging Arizona students in the successful pursuit of higher education opportunities,” said Governor Ducey. “I look forward to seeing students across Arizona benefit from this grant and the assistance it provides to achieve postsecondary success.”
The grant opportunity builds on the Achieve60AZ postsecondary attainment goal, which strives to ensure that 60 percent of working adults in Arizona have a certificate or college degree by 2030. Students exposed to higher learning opportunities such as advanced placement classes, dual enrollment and early college experiences are more likely to pursue a postsecondary education. This initiative intends to increase the number of college graduates, as well as create a more diverse, knowledgeable and innovative workforce in Arizona.
"I am grateful to Governor Ducey for providing us with additional funding to help us support these outstanding and ambitious students,” Superintendent Douglas said. “I never want to see students struggle to achieve their potential because they cannot afford to take the exams for courses in which they excel. This agreement provides students the opportunity to challenge themselves academically and earn college credit, without burdening themselves or their families financially.”
For more information on the grant, please visit www.azed.gov/advanced-placement/
For more information or assistance, contact Dawn Wallace at: 602-542-1316