HELENA - Montana education officials say the state has been awarded a $25,000 grant to help more low-income students pay the fees to earn college credits by taking Advanced Placement tests.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said the grant will help economically disadvantaged students in Montana reach their academic potential.
Students who are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches are eligible.
Advanced Placement courses and tests prepare students for college success and can help offset college costs. The fee for one test is $86.
A record 16.6 percent of Montana high school seniors took college-level AP classes in 2009. That's up from 13.1 percent five years ago.