Thursday, August 13, 2015

Grant to help W.Va. with exam costs for low-income students

 (AP) — West Virginia has been awarded a $79,000 federal education grant to help defray the costs for low-income students to take advanced placement tests.

The U.S. Department of Education announced $28 million in grants Wednesday for 38 states, Washington, D.C, and the Virgin Islands.

By subsidizing test fees for low-income students, the department says the program is aimed at encouraging those students to take advanced placement tests and earn college credit for high school courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a post secondary degree.

State funding levels were determined on the basis of state estimates of the number of tests that would be taken by low-income students.