ESCAPE (Eliminating Student Cost for Advanced Placement Exams) is the federal AP/IB Exam Fee Program in Colorado.
Hello Colorado AP and IB Coordinators,
This is a message about a forthcoming release of information from College Board concerning low-income student AP fees for 2014. College Board is projecting that federal funds may decrease for the 2014 AP/IB exam year. However, no official word from the U.S. Department of Education has been declared. This message is being sent so that you have adequate time to prepare a “Plan B”, if federal funds for the ESCAPE AP/IB grant program are reduced. Last year, schools remarked that they might be able to provide supplemental funds with enough planning time to make adjustments or speak with potential sponsors.
The cost of an exam for low-income students might increase to $20 per exam. Last year, the student fee was $10 per exam. IF this occurs, your application for ESCAPE grant funds will remain in good standing at the Colorado Department of Education. There will be no need to reapply for grant funds. The Department will make the adjustment on your application that reflects the changes in the student contribution and the federal/ESCAPE contribution for 2014 exams.
College Board concerning AP exams will send a letter to all AP coordinators on December 4 with a statement about 2014 exams.
As of today, the grant remains with a $10 student contribution provision. The Colorado Department of Education will notify AP and IB coordinators IF there is an official U.S. Department of Education notification about a change in federal funding that would require implementation of your “plan B”.
Through this federal grant, the Colorado Department of Education will pay for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams taken by low income students. 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)
Schools for the 2013 ESCAPE grant contingent upon the AP ESCAPE program released by the US Department of Education will be January 2014.
EXAM YEAR 2012-2013
Schools for the 2013 ESCAPE grant contingent upon the AP ESCAPE program released by the US Department of Education.
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