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Fees & Fee Reductions

AP Exam fees and available reductions

Coordinators are responsible for collecting exam fees from students. This can be done prior to the exam or on exam day. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the school administering the AP Exam, not the College Board.

Exam fees

The fee for each exam is $92, with schools retaining a $9 rebate per exam.

The fee for exams administered at schools outside of the United States, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Canada, with the exception of U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS), is $122 per exam.

Fees per exam vary at some private College Board-authorized testing centers outside the United States.

The amount schools collect from students, however, may vary under certain circumstances:

  • Depending on the reasons for late testing, schools may be charged an additional fee ($45 per exam), part or all of which the school may ask students to pay. Students eligible for the College Board fee reduction will not be charged the $45 per exam late-testing fee, regardless of their reason for testing late.
  • Schools administering exams to homeschooled students or students from other schools may negotiate a higher fee to recover the additional proctoring and administration costs.
  • College Board fee reductions and state and federal subsidies are available for students with financial need.

Fee reductions

Visit Fee Reductions for AP Exams for information about eligibility criteria and the procedure for claiming College Board fee reductions for AP Exams. Go to Federal and State Exam Fee Assistance for information about additional federal and state fee reductions that may be available for students in your state.

Late testing with alternate exams

There is no additional fee for using an alternate form of the exam if schools are ordering alternate exams under circumstances that are generally beyond the control of the school's administration and the students. In other instances, however, the school is billed an additional $45 per student for each exam to partially cover the cost to prepare, print, ship, and score these exams. Students eligible for the College Board fee reduction will not be charged the $45 per exam late-testing fee, regardless of their reason for late testing. Visit Late Testing for more information.

Unused exams

Schools are charged $15 for any exam that is ordered but not used.

Late orders

Schools in the United States, U.S. territories, and Canada have an ordering deadline of April 8, 2016. The deadline for all other schools is April 1, 2016. Each order received after the deadline will incur a $55 late fee (excluding alternate exam orders).

Late returns

Schools are billed twice the exam fee for each exam in any shipment received at AP Services after June 1, 2016.

Late payments

Any payments that are postmarked after June 15, 2016 will incur a $225 fee.


If students pay for but do not take an exam, they may request a refund from the AP Coordinator. Local school policy determines the amount of the refund. The school is charged $15 for each exam ordered but not taken. This fee does not apply when an alternate replaces a regular exam. Once a student begins an exam, the fee is not refundable.

AP Capstone

For schools participating in AP Capstone in 2015-16, the exam fee for AP Seminar and AP Research is $139 each, with schools retaining a $9 rebate per exam (including schools outside the U.S., U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Canada). It is expected that an exam will be ordered for all students enrolled in each course.

Once a student submits any performance assessment task component as final in the AP Capstone Digital Portfolio or the end-of-course exam is started, the full exam fee of $139 will be charged. If an exam order has been placed for a student for whom no performance assessment tasks have been submitted as final and the end-of-course exam was never started, the unused exam fee of $15 will be charged.