Advising for college and career readiness and fostering social / emotional wellness are critical elements of students reaching their potential and cultivating a healthy school culture.

The transition from high school to the workforce or college can be a challenge for some students, especially those who are not aware of the expectations and requirements for entering college level coursework. Students must start early to understand these expectations and to prepare themselves academically, financially and emotionally to reach their goals after high school.

There are a variety of resources available to aid schools in developing and implementing these supports for students. These include college and career advising guidance, scholarship awareness, professional development training, social and emotional support tools, along with other programs and funding opportunities available through a variety of state agencies and partners.

Advanced Opportunities Earning College Credit in High School

The Advanced Opportunities program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards Advanced Opportunities in grades 7-12. The program was expanded by the Legislature in 2016 through the passing of House Bill 458. Learn more about Advanced Opportunities

Learn more about Advanced Opportunities.

College Entrance Exams

All Idaho public school eleventh graders must take one of the following college entrance or placement exams:

  • SAT® (Idaho School Day SAT is held annually in the spring. The PSAT is administered in the fall for all 10th graders)
  • ACT

Students in the state of Idaho may take the SAT exam at no cost. Please check with your school for testing dates and details. Some exemptions apply, click the link below for further information.

For more information about the SAT and other college entrance/placement exams, visit the College Entrance Exams webpage.

GEM Framework

How do AP and Dual Credit courses transfer to a college or university? Learn more about transferring credits by visiting

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, our 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school.

Students interested in receiving Federal Student Aid will need to fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online. Students will need the help of their parents to fill out this form as parent social security numbers and prior year tax information is required.

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There are thousands of scholarships available to students who are willing to put the time into applying for them.

The State of Idaho has a number of scholarships for Idaho’s students.

Planning for a career doesn’t have to start while you are in college. Research industries, careers, pay ranges and job requirements today using the Next Steps Career Information System.

Learn about careers that match your skills and interests by taking this career aptitude test.

Finding success in college takes more than just being accepted. Learn how to develop the skills you need to stay healthy and get the help you need during this time of transition.

College and Career Readiness

As legislated by Senate Bill 1290 in 2016, each public school in Idaho who serves students in grades 8-12 shall establish a college and career advising program for their students. These programs can include advising personnel, near peer/college mentors, students ambassadors, and virtual coaching, among other activities. More information about the various models can be found on the Next Steps website.

Additional training information can be found in the Training tab.

Definition: Students are considered college and career ready when they have the knowledge, skills, and academic preparation needed to enroll and succeed in introductory college credit-bearing courses within an associate or baccalaureate degree program without the need for remediation. These same attributes and levels of achievement are needed for entry into and success in postsecondary workforce education or directly into a job that offers gainful employment and career advancement.

Social and Emotional Learning

All schools work diligently to nurture the social and emotional welfare of their students. Idaho code 33-1630 was established in 2015 to assure that all Idaho students have a safe learning environment: this includes the fostering of social / emotional intelligence, availability of school counseling services, and a bully-free setting that allows the whole child to succeed and flourish.

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