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WASHINGTON, D.C. (Tucson News Now) - The U.S.Department of Education today is giving Arizona more than $700,000 in grants to cover a portion of the fees charged to low-incomestudents for taking advanced placement (AP) tests.

The grants are under the Advanced Placement Test Fee Program.  They're expected to be sufficient to pay all but $10 of the cost of each advancedplacement exam taken by low-income students.

"This Administration has taken unprecedented steps to boost college-and career readiness for our young people, especially first-generation collegegoers," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in press release. "Participationin Advanced Placement courses gives these students a jump start in college bychallenging them to develop stronger study and critical-thinking skills. Thesegrants will eliminate some financial roadblocks and enable more minoritystudents to gain access to rigorous AP courses, which will help them succeed intoday's knowledge economy."

The program is intendedto encourage more students to take AP tests and obtain college credit for highschool courses, reducing the time and cost required to complete a degree.

The grants can be used to help pay for low-income students taking approvedAP tests administered by the College Board, the International BaccalaureateOrganization and Cambridge International Examinations.

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