High school students who cannot afford to take Advanced Placement tests for college credit may get financial help from the state during the coming year.
The House voted 65-4 Thursday to pass SB140 to spend $100,000 for one year to help cover AP test costs for needy students. The Senate later concurred with House amendments, and sent the bill to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, a former AP History teacher, said some students previously asked, "Why take the course and work hard all year when I don't have the money to take the test?"
Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, the House sponsor of the bill, said it "allows access to AP tests to some students who may not take that test after rigorous course of study" for lack of money.
Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, said, "We want all students to have the advantage of taking these courses when they are qualified."