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Frequently Asked Questions about AP Summer Institute Scholarships

What do the scholarships cover?

The AP Fellows scholarship is $1,000 and the AP Rural Fellows scholarship is $1,500. After tuition and lab fees (if applicable) have been paid to the APSI, any remaining funds in the scholarship are sent directly to the teacher to defray the cost of travel and expenses.

The AP Capstone Summer Professional Development Scholarship covers the cost of tuition only to an AP Capstone summer training event.

NOTE: Only College Board endorsed APSIs are covered by the scholarships. The AP Annual Conference and other workshops do not qualify. Scholarships are not renewable or transferable and can only be used for a summer APSI in the year they are awarded.

Where and when are the AP Summer Institutes held?

AP Summer Institute dates and locations are posted on AP Central. Search for a session near you.

I'm not sure if my schedule will allow me to attend an APSI. Should I still apply for the scholarship?

We encourage you to determine your schedule before applying. However, if you are awarded a scholarship you will have three weeks after notification to formally accept it. If you find that you're unable to attend, you can decline the award.

My school only misses the scholarship demographic criteria by a few percentage points. Should I still apply?

Applications that do not exactly meet the demographic criteria will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, depending on the number of applications we receive so you may want to apply anyway.

I teach at a school that isn't in the United States. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

Because the scholarship criteria are applicable to US schools only, teachers at non-US schools are not eligible for APSI scholarships.

I'd like to attend an APSI out of the United States. Is this covered by an AP Summer Institute Scholarship?

You may use the funds provided through an AP Fellows or AP Rural Fellows scholarship toward the cost of attending a non-US APSI.

I received an APSI scholarship last year. Am I eligible for another scholarship this year?

You are only eligible for a scholarship in a different subject than the one for which you received a scholarship last year. For example, if you received a scholarship for an AP English Language & Composition APSI last year, you cannot receive a scholarship for another one this year. However, you are eligible for a scholarship for AP English Literature & Composition.

Where can I find the percentages of low-income and traditionally underrepresented students in my school?

Use the National Center for Education Statistics website to search for your school. Your school's entry will show the total number of students by race/ethnicity, and the numbers of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.

Public school search: http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/
Private school search: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch/

Where can I find out if my school is classified as "rural" by the NCES?

Use the National Center for Education Statistics website to search for your school. In the "School Details" section, check the designation for "Locale."

Public school search: http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/
Private school search: http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch/

Where can I find my school's College Board code?

You can use the SATŪ code search to find your school's College Board code:

http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/sat-code-search.

Can I save my application and return to complete it later?

Yes—our application system allows you to save and continue an application. Please follow the prompts on the screen when using this feature.

I applied for a scholarship. When will I find out whether or not I received it?

All applicants will be notified via email by March 31, 2017. If you have not received a notification, please check your spam folder.

Why do I need to submit my W-9?

In order for the College Board to release your scholarship funds, you must submit a valid W-9. To comply with IRS guidelines, we must report your scholarship on Form 1099 and it should be included as taxable income on your tax return. See https://www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch01.html#en_US_2015_publink1000177987

The tuition for your summer training is sent directly to the APSI. If any funds are remaining after tuition has been paid, they are sent to you to be used as reimbursement for travel and expenses. They are not sent to your district. For these reasons, you must submit a W-9 that includes your personal information, not your district's information or EIN. You may want to consult with your tax advisor as to whether any APSI expenses are deductible against the scholarship income.

I was awarded a scholarship and completed my letter of commitment, now what?

Be sure to register for an AP Summer Institute as soon as possible since registration fills up quickly. You should register as a College Board APSI Scholarship recipient- select the scholarship option when registering for your APSI or contact the APSI directly to let them know that you have received a scholarship. The award notification you received can serve as proof.

You do not need to let the College Board know which APSI you are planning to attend. The AP Summer Institutes bill the College Board directly. If you received an AP Fellows or AP Rural Fellows, any funds remaining after your tuition is paid will be sent to the address on your W-9 within 60 business days after the payment to the APSI has been processed.

There isn't a place on my APSI registration form to indicate that I am a scholarship recipient. What do I do?

Please contact the APSI directly and share that you were recently awarded a College Board AP Summer Institute scholarship. You may need to use your award letter as proof of your scholarship. APSI staff should be able to walk you through the process of registering as a scholarship recipient.

I will not have an AP class next fall or I am changing careers/leaving my school. Can I transfer my scholarship to a colleague?

Because scholarships are awarded based your personal and professional information in addition to your school's profile, they are not transferrable or renewable and can only be used for a summer APSI in the year they are awarded.

My state has offered to pay for my APSI. Can I apply for the scholarship to help cover any additional expenses I may incur?

Scholarship funds will only be released if an APSI directly bills the College Board for your tuition. We do not provide scholarships solely for additional expenses. A stipulation of the scholarship requires that teachers are not eligible for funding from their state or district—this rule is intended to ensure that teachers most in need receive funding.

When will I receive my scholarship payment?

The tuition payment for your AP Summer Institute will be sent directly to the AP Summer Institute you attend.

If you received an AP Fellows or AP Rural Fellows scholarship, we will send the remaining funds (to be used as reimbursement for travel and expenses) to the address on your W-9 within 60 business days after the payment to the APSI has been processed.

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