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International Baccalaureate: State Provides Scholarship Incentives for Achieving Certain IB Scores

Why does it matter?

  • Students and families benefit when success on challenging IB assessments result in a reduction of the cost of postsecondary education.
  • Highlights:

  • Three states specify that earning an IB diploma or acceptable scores on IB exams satisfy one or more eligibility criteria for a state scholarship.

  • States with no written policy in this area do not appear below.

    Sources for all data points are accessible through this link.

    What is International Baccalaureate? For more details on the IB Diploma Program, please refer to this summary for state policymakers or visit the IB Web site.

    Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes and regulations, and will be updated as new policies and programs are enacted.

    Last update: August 20, 2007

    This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org

    State provides scholarship incentives for achieving certain IB scores
    Arizona Yes. The state offers a tuition waiver valid at state universities for one full year following graduation from high school (renewable for up to 4 additional years based on university-determined criteria). Eligible students must meet three sets of criteria:
    (1) Complete 16 "Core Competency Courses" with at least a "B" OR earn an acceptable score on the Advanced Placement (AP) test or a "4" on the IB test for that subject area.
    (2) Meet GPA or class rank requirements.
    (3) Exceed standards on all 3 AIMS (Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards) tests OR exceed standards on 2 AIMS tests and earn at least a "3" on any two AP tests or at least a "4" on any two IB tests.
    Florida Yes. All students applying for a Florida Academic Scholars award must meet the general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship and meet one of five additional criteria. One of the additional criteria pathways is the completion of an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Students who complete the IB curriculum but fail to earn the IB Diploma are still eligible provided they earn a minimum score "on the combined verbal and qualitative parts of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, the Scholastic Assessment Test, or the recentered Scholastic Assessment Test of the College Entrance Examination, or an equivalent score on the ACT Assessment Program[.]"

    In addition, a student is eligible for the Florida Medallion Scholars award if the student meets the general eligibility requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, has completed the IB curriculum without earning the IB diploma, but has earned a minimum score on one of the previously mentioned assessments.
    Minnesota Yes. The Achieve Scholarship offers up to $1,200 to high school graduates who completed a rigorous high school curriculum and meet various other criteria. One of the four means by which students may meet the "rigor" requirement is by completing at least two IB or Advanced Placement courses and scoring at least "4" on the IB exams or "3" on the AP exams.


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