Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $480K To Pay Test Fees For Low-Income New Jersey Students

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $480K To Pay Test Fees For Low-Income New Jersey Students

Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and today announced the New Jersey Department of Education was awarded $481,219 in federal funding by the U.S.Department of Education tohelplow-income New Jersey studentspay thetest fees associated with Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

"Aspiring students should see college-level coursework as a challenge, not a financial burden. And these resources are going to open that personal challenge - that personal opportunity - to thousands of students across New Jersey,"said Menendez."It's a strong investment in New Jersey's students of today, and leaders of tomorrow."

"Hardworking students should not bedenied college credit simply because they can't afford to take the Advanced Placement exam,"Lautenberg stated. "This federal fundingwillhelp ensure thatmorestudents in New Jersey have the opportunity to get a jump on their college education."

The federal funding being provided to the state goes to eligible educational agencies to enable them to pay all or a portion of testing fees for New Jersey students who are enrolled in an AP course and plan to take the exam. The programis designed to increase the number of low-income students who take AP tests and receive scores for which college academic credit is awarded.

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