Advanced Opportunities

New Program For All Idaho Students

Beginning next school year, high school students attending public schools across Idaho will have access to new funding to help cover the costs of taking college-level courses or professional-technical certification exams while still in high school.

Fast Forward ProgramDuring the 2014 Legislative Session, the Idaho Legislature passed Senate Bill 1233, which approved funds to cover of up to 75% of the cost of taking dual credit courses, college-bearing exams, or professional-technical exams. Fast Forward Program provides every high school junior access to a maximum of $200 a year and each high school senior access to a maximum of $400 a year. These funds are to be utilized after all other grants, scholarships, and other funds are exhausted, except county funds for out of district students taking community college courses. To find out more information about the Fast Forward program please attend one of the following community events in your area.

Community Event Calendar

Coeur d'Alene - July 30
North Idaho College - Student Union Building, ESU1 Lake Cd'a at 6:00pm
Free parking is available:  PDF Icon Campus Map

Moscow - July 31
Univ. of Idaho - Renfrew Hall, Classroom 126 at 6:00pm
Free parking is available:  PDF Icon Campus Map

Boise - August 6
Boise State Univ. - Yanke Family Research Park, 220 E. Park Ctr Blvd. at 6:00pm
Please print out parking permit for event: PDF Icon Parking Permit

Pocatello - August 11
Idaho State Univ. - Student Union Building, Ballroom on 2nd floor at 6:00pm
Free parking is available:  PDF Icon Campus Map

Twin Falls - August 12
Canyon Ridge High School - Auditorium at 7:00pm

For more information about Advanced Opportunities Programs, contact:
Jennifer Caprile at (208) 332-6944 or

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"This new program builds on the progress we have already made to ensure every Idaho student not only graduates from high school but goes on and does not need remediation once they get there," Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna said. "Today, we have a menu of options for students to choose from as they work to prepare themselves to pursue education after high school and to reduce the cost of earning a degree or certificate. Whether they want to earn college credit while they are still in high school or graduate early, we are making these opportunities available to all of Idaho's public school students, no matter where they live or go to school. Now, these opportunities will be available to every high school student."

– Superintendent Tom Luna

Advanced Opportunities

Dual Credit for Early Completers Program 2013 Update the 2012-2013 school year 56 students in 17 different school districts qualified under the Dual Credit for Early Completers Program and earned approximately 200 dual credits while in high school. Of these students who completed dual credit courses in this program, 42 students graduated high school in 2013 and 37 of these student enrolled at postsecondary institutions for the Fall 2013 semester. During the 2012-2013 school year data collected was limited to the information reported by districts within the Idaho System for Educational Excellence (ISEE) fields provided. Many districts reported credits earned at the high school level for each course, rather than the credits earned at the postsecondary institution. The reimbursements made for this program were based on the ISEE data reported, which did not specify college credit or high school credit earned when entering dual credit course information. The state reimbursed $31,827.50 for the 2012-2013 school year, a 93% increase from the program's first year.

button Dual Credit for Early Completers Program 2013 Update

School District Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Year Number of Students Post-secondary enrollment Fall 2014
Basin School District $260.00 $0.00 $260.00 1 1
Nampa School District $390.00 $390.00 $780.00 1 1
Middleton District $0.00 $720.00 $720.00 4
Vallivue School District $0.00 $675.00 $675.00 3 2
Cassia County Joint District $0.00 $65.00 $65.00 1
Orofino Joint District $0.00 $455.00 $455.00 6
West Side Joint District $112.50 $1,035.00 $1,147.50 2 2
Hagerman Joint District $0.00 $270.00 $270.00 4 1
Forrest M. Bird Charter $5,330.00 $845.00 $6,175.00 11 9
Minidoka County Joint District $325.00 $1,690.00 $2,015.00 1
Lewiston Independent District $780.00 $0.00 $780.00 3 3
Twin Falls District $0.00 $270.00 $270.00 2
Kimberly District $1,875.00 $13,715.00 $15,590.00 10 7
McCall-Donnelly District $65.00 $0.00 $65.00 1
Weiser District $0.00 $520.00 $520.00 2
Idaho Virtual Academy $390.00 $450.00 $840.00 2
Kootenai Bridge Academy $450.00 $750.00 $1,200.00 2 1
17 Schools Total $9,977.50 $21,850.00 $31,827.50 Total: 56 Total: 27