By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island is getting a $74,000 federal grant to help defray the cost of Advanced Placement exams for low-income students.

The U.S. Department of Education announced the funding for Rhode Island’s education department and for other states on Tuesday.

The grants are used to help low-income students pay for advanced placement tests, which can be used to obtain college credit for high school courses.

The grants are expected to cover all but $18 of the cost of each test, which are given in various subjects.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the grants help get rid of some of the financial roadblocks for low-income students to take the tests. The overall aim is to help boost college- and job-readiness.

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