Kansas getting federal funds to help students pay for placement tests

Kansas will get nearly $81,000 from the federal government to help low-income students pay for advanced placement exams, officials announced Tuesday.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $28.4 million in AP grants to 38 states, including Kansas, as part of its efforts to better prepare low-income students for college or careers.

The grants will be used to help low-income students pay for approved tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations, the department said in a news release. By subsidizing the test fees, the program aims to encourage more students to take AP tests and potentially get college credit for high school courses.

Levels of funding per state were determined based on state estimates of the number of low-income students taking tests.