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RICHMOND (AP) - Slightly more than $358,000 is headed to the Virginia Department of Education to cover a portion of the fees charged to low-income students taking advanced placement tests.

The funding is part of more than $28 million that the U.S. Department of Education awarded to 40 states, Washington, D.C., and the Virgin Islands.

The fee for each AP Exam is $89. The school normally retains $8 of that fee as a rebate to help with administrative costs.

The grant payments are based on the anticipated number of test-takers, among other factors. Federal education officials say the payments should be sufficient to cover all but $18 of the cost of each advanced placement exam taken by a low-income student.

Click here for more information from Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

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