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College Opportunity

With the College Board Readiness and Success System, we are breaking down barriers to college by dramatically expanding scholarship opportunities, identifying students likely to succeed in AP, and providing fee waivers to all who need them.

Helping Students Afford College

Building on our track record of helping students pay for college with the help of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the College Board has partnered with five leading scholarship providers to expand access to millions in existing scholarship dollars to low-income and underrepresented students.

Beginning with the 2015 administration, these organizations will be able to use data from the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 (for test-takers who have opted into Student Search Service®) to enhance their recruitment efforts and reach a more representative group of eligible students from high schools across the country.

Increasing Access to AP

The College Board’s AP Program can connect students to higher education in many ways. AP courses help students build college skills and stand out in the college admission process and a qualifying score on an AP Exam can earn a student credit or advanced placement in many colleges.

We are committed to expanding access to AP, especially to underrepresented student populations. Working closely with states, districts, members, and partner organizations, the College Board has launched a series of initiatives and programs to ensure that students who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in AP courses are able to access them.

The College Board also offers AP Potential, which uses results from the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and PSAT/NMSQT to help schools identify students likely to succeed in certain AP courses and exams. The students are also notified of their potential directly.

Fee Waivers

The College Board provides approximately $78 million in SAT and AP Program fee waivers to students each year. And with the support of colleges and universities, the College Board directly provides four college application fee waivers to every income-eligible senior who takes the SAT or an SAT Subject Test using a fee waiver.