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ESCAPE (Eliminating Student Cost for Advanced Placement Exams) is the federal AP/IB Exam Fee Program in Colorado 2013-2014

Hello Colorado AP and IB Coordinators,

 Colorado's AP Exam fee program is called ESCAPE. Application packets and guidance information are available at Application to participate in the AP/IB exam fee program opens in the fall prior to the testing year. The annual grant is announced through emails, letters to high schools and coordinators, a notice in the statewide Colorado Department of Education publication and announcements in gifted-education updates and network meetings.

The deadline for participation in the 2014 ESCAPE grant was November 11, 2013. Grant funds are limited to the listed preapproved high schools. High schools confirmed for participation are listed at Only listed high schools may submit requests for exam fee funds for eligible students indicated on the College Board invoice. Other high schools are responsible for all exam costs invoiced by College Board.

Pending the availability of federal funding, the state of Colorado will pay $37 per AP exam for eligible students. The College Board will provide $26 in fee reduction. High schools will waive the $8 processing fee for eligible students, and the exam will be $18 for eligible students.

Summary of 2014 costs for eligible students, schools, district or other funding sources:

  • Final AP Exam fee for eligible students: $18

What schools confirmed for participation must do:

By Nov. 11, 2013 (deadline has passed):

  •  Review the ESCAPE grant guidance document and forms for application found at Submit the Application for Participation with an estimate of the number of exams taken by students and an estimate for the total request.
  • For Colorado high schools confirmed for participation: On the AP Exam Ordering website, enter the total number of students that fulfill the federal criteria to receive fee reductions for low-income students and the total number of exams they will take.

Before the exams:

  • AP Coordinators from confirmed high schools must verify the eligibility of the students benefiting from the ESCAPE grant, according to the guidance document provided by the Colorado Department of Education.
  •  Fill in the "Option 1" bubble for Colorado fee reduction on the answer sheets of eligible students.

 After the exams:

  •  When generating the electronic College Board invoice, enter the total number of exams taken by eligible students.

·         AP Coordinators must submit a copy of the College Board invoice and the Assurance form to the Office of Gifted Education by June 6, 2014.

Note: The College Board will bill the state directly for exams taken by eligible students from confirmed high schools. Other high schools are responsible for exam fees.

 For more information, visit or contact Carol Crossley, ESCAPE Coordinator, Colorado Department of Education; phone:

Please Note: The payment of exam fees is contingent upon receipt of a federal grant award for the 2014 AP and IB exams.

ESCAPE Documents for Exam Year 2014

The deadline for applications for the AP ESCAPE grant was NOVEMBER 11, 2013

Due April 30, 2014 IB Coordinator's Assurance Checklist and Information Forms (PDF)

Due June 6, 2014 AP Coordinator's Assurance Checklist and Copy of College Board Invoice (DOC)

Due June 6, 2014 AP ESCAPE Student Collection Fee Form

 EXAM YEAR 2013-2014

Schools for the 2014 ESCAPE grant contingent upon the AP ESCAPE program released by the US Department of Education.


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