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October 25, 2014

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Federal grant to help low-income Nevada students prepare for college

The Nevada Department of Education received a boost in funding today to help low-income students prepare for college.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded Nevada a $435,616 grant to help students pay the majority of costs required to take advanced placement exams.

The grant will cover all but $18 of the cost for each test. Those who pass are then eligible to receive college credit for advanced courses they take in high school, which can reduce the time needed to obtain a college degree.

“We know that when students of all backgrounds are held to high expectations they excel,” Duncan said. “Advanced placement courses are helping schools meet this challenge by developing the study skills, critical reasoning, and habits of mind that prepare students for college.”

The level of funding was determined on state estimates on the number of tests that would be taken by low-income students this year. The grant money is only available for low-income students to take approved tests administered by the College Board, the International Baccalaureate Organization and Cambridge International Examinations.

States may opt to require students to pay the remaining portion of the costs not covered by the grant, the release said.

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