Frequently Asked Questions

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When can I register for the University of Arkansas Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI)?

Registration for APSI 2023 will open in November. Please note that we will be using the College Board's CVent registration system, so you will need your College Board Educator Professionals Log-on (EPL) account. If you don't remember your username or password, please visit the College Board website.

How can I cancel or change my registration?

Registrations can be modified or cancelled online. Please visit the event website or follow the event link in your registration confirmation email. The deadline to cancel your registration or change your class is June 17, 2023. Cancellations made after the deadline will incur a $250 fee. If a teacher is registered and is a no show for APSI, the full registration fee will be charged. Cancellation or no-show fees will be charged regardless of whether or not the teacher was offered state funding to attend APSI.

Am I eligible for state funding?

Distribution of Arkansas funds to public school teachers will be based on a priority status system that the state updates each year. The ADE priority system is as follows:

  • Priority 1: Currently-employed Arkansas AP teachers never having attended an APSI
  • Priority 2: Currently-employed Arkansas AP teachers teaching in a high poverty school (70% or more schools receive free/reduced lunch) and/or a school that submits data to support a gap in minority students' access or outcomes in AP courses
  • Priority 3: Currently-employed Arkansas AP teachers teaching in a district that is involved in Arkansas AIMS
  • Priority 4: Currently-employed Arkansas AP teachers having attended an APSI more than 5 years ago (during or prior to the summer of 2018)
  • Priority 5: Currently-employed Arkansas Pre-AP teachers never having attended an APSI
    Note: APSI training may not be substituted for the College Board Pre-AP Program required initial training for pre-AP teachers
  • Priority 6: Currently-employed Arkansas Pre-AP teachers having attended an APSI more than 5 years ago (during or prior to the summer of 2018)
    Note: APSI training may not be substituted for the College Board Pre-AP Program required initial training for pre-AP teachers
  • Priority 7: Educators who wish to become "AP Ready." These may be a) currently employed educators who are not teaching AP who would like to receive the training to be ready to teach AP should the opportunity arise; OR b) pre-service teachers who are entering their final year of an educator preparation program or who are completing their final year, but have not yet been employed by a district. For educators in this category, AP training should correlate with their intended licensure area(s).

The priority deadline for funding is March 1. After that date, we will begin to allocate state funding to registered teachers using the system described above.

What if I have to miss part of the Institute?

The APSI week is intense and the consultants cover an enormous amount of material in a very short amount of time. The College Board and the Arkansas Department of Education require teachers to attend every session (all 30 hours of instruction) in order to be certified or to receive state funding. Teachers who have state funding and have to miss part of the institute will need to make arrangements to cover the costs.

Are there funding opportunities available outside of state funding?

Regardless of whether or not you teach at a public high school in Arkansas, we encourage you to look into AP Summer Institute Scholarships from the College Board.

How much does the Institute cost?

For 2023, the fee for those who will stay on campus is $725. For those who will stay off campus and commute, the price is $565. Teachers enrolled in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics will also have an additional $25 lab fee.

If I am not receiving state funding, what should I do?

If you are not receiving state funding, you should make arrangements to cover the costs of the institute. You will indicate on your registration whether you will pay or if your school/district will pay. An invoice will then be sent to your home address or your school.

When payment is mailed, please include a copy of the invoice. Failure to include this information can delay the processing of APSI payments.

What should I bring with me to the Institute?

We recommend that each participating teacher brings the following items with them to the Institute: laptop computer (not Chromebook), umbrella, water bottle, tennis shoes, comfortable clothing, jacket or heavy sweater (some classes get cold), and a backpack. We also recommend that you read your class's course description (once available) to see if your consultant recommends that you bring any additional items. If you will be staying on-campus in the Northwest Quad, please bring linens for extra-long twin sized beds (80" mattresses)/pillows/towels/toiletries.

Where will I be housed, if I choose to stay on campus?

If you stay on campus, you will live in the Northwest Quad. You can read more about the Quad and what we recommend for you to bring on our Lodging page. The rooms are suite style, which means that you will have a private room, but will share a bathroom with another participant and a living area with three other participants. The Quad is connected to parking lot 37, which is located at the corner of Garland and Cleveland. Please note: linens (e.g. sheets, towels, pillow) will not be provided, so be sure to bring your own!

Important: You will only be able to stay in the residence hall from Monday evening through Thursday evening during the Institute. Regardless of your travel plans, you are required to check out on Friday, the last day of classes. If you are not able to leave the area until Saturday, you will be responsible for finding and paying for a hotel room in the area.

Who will be teaching my course?

The APSI invites experienced, successful teachers who are certified by the College Board to serve as consultants at the AP Summer Institute. More information about individual instructors will be available on the course listing pages.

Can I receive graduate credit hours through the Institute?

Yes, teachers attending the Institute have the option of applying for graduate credit for the work they complete in their course. Participants who wish to pursue graduate credit must apply for admission to the University of Arkansas Graduate School and provide immunization records. Graduate School tuition and fees are paid by the student. For detailed information and registration instructions, please contact us at no later than June 1, 2023.