Federal grant helps Tennessee students get ahead

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee will be able to reduce the costs of advanced placement test fees for low-income students with a U.S. Education Department grant of more than $340,000.

A total of 42 states are receiving $28.8 million for the effort. The grants are based on the expected number of students who will take the tests and other factors.

The department says it expects the grants will pay all but $10 of the cost of each test.

States may require students to pay part of the costs.

The Education Department said in a news release the program is meant to encourage the students to take the exams and gather college credit while they're in high school, cutting down the time needed to finish a college degree later.

Tennessee is receiving $344,613.

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