Cutting Credit for AP Courses: Is This About Money?

A recent article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review by Kate Wilcox discusses an emerging trend where colleges are either cutting credit for high school AP courses or raising the standards for test scores. Colleges argue that these changes are necessary to guarantee that students attain the proper academic rigor in core courses. Dominick Frollini Jr., a high school chemistry teacher thinks there might be other motives:


“You’ve got to look at the perspective of AP and the perspective of the university,” he said. “Both have a vested interest in whether or not you take the exam or whether or not you take the course. There’s some money issues.”


Frollini touched on an issue bandied about on Internet blogs where some have questioned whether colleges are tightening AP requirements to ensure that students will have to pay for classes they might be able to forgo because of their AP courses.

Receiving AP college credits helps students to graduate on time (and sometimes early!) which is an important factor in lowering their student loan debt load. Perhaps colleges need to re-evaluate the trend discussed in this article.