Reduced Fee Scholarships for AICP Exam Now Available

Updated: Feb 16, 2020

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For those interested in sitting for a 2020 AICP Examination, the APA's Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship program is now available.

APA and AICP allows each state Chapter to designate people that have a financial hardship to take advantage of the 2019 Reduced Exam Fee Scholarship program for the May or November 2020 testing window.

This is limited to FOUR people in Illinois for 2020 (2 for each exam), seeking their AICP OR AICP Candidate certification, who would otherwise defer taking or would be unable to take the AICP exam because of the high cost.

Under this program, APA-IL scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows:

  • Approved AICP applicants: $75 (exam fee only). Regular fee is $425. If an award is given to an AICP Candidate participant, they will pay $75 instead of $100.

  • All applicants pay the $70 application fee.

  • Previously approved AICP applicants receive the rate of $75 (exam fee only).

If a scholarship applicant has already paid the exam fee, the difference will be refunded. Please note that the awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee that a recipient will be approved to take the AICP Exam. The exam application will be evaluated like any other.

Submission Details and Requirements:

  • Each applicant shall submit a written explanation of financial hardship. This explanation many discuss such things as financial hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency or the need to seek employment, which necessitates the request.

  • Members of ethnic or racial minorities shall be given preference.

  • The applicant(s) selected will be otherwise be unlikely to take the exam without the reduced fee.

  • The applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee.

To be considered for this scholarship:

If you are interested please submit a brief letter or note explaining your financial hardship by emailing Trevor Dick, AICP by March 31, 2020 for the May 2020 testing window. If you're thinking ahead to the November 2020 exam, please go ahead email Trevor now and indicate that you're interested in the scholarship for the fall exam.

Final decisions on scholarships shall be at the sole discretion of the APA Illinois Professional Development Officer and shall be final. Recipients will be notified as soon as possible. All nominations/selection of scholarship recipients shall be strictly confidential.

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