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Help for low income students in Iowa on the way


This news story was published on February 25, 2011.
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Harkin Announces More Than $60,000 to Help Low-Income Students Pay For Advance Placement Testing|(Press release from Iowa Senator Tom Harkin)

Harkin Announces More Than $60,000 to Help Low-Income Students Pay For Advance Placement Testing

WASHINGTON ñ Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Iowa Department of Education has received $60,102 from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) through the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Fee Program. The funds will be used to pay all or a portion of the fees for AP tests taken by low-income students. Harkin is Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and the Appropriations panel that funds education initiatives.

“Advance Placement programs allow high school students to earn college credit, while participating in college-level courses as a high school student. These classes can give students the advantage they need to get into college and further their education to remain competitive in the global economy,” said Harkin. “I am pleased that this will help students in Iowa take more than 900 tests and get a head start on their higher education.”

The AP Test Fee Program gives funds to state educational agencies to pay all or a portion of the advanced placement test fees on behalf of eligible low-income students. The program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who take advanced placement tests and receive scores for which college academic credit is awarded.

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