Advanced Opportunities

Advanced Opportunities allows students to individualize their high school learning plan to get a jump-start on their future. These options include dual credit, technical competency credit, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate programs.




Fast Forward Program

The Fast Forward 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. 


The funds can be used for:

Overload Credits
An overload course is a high school level course that is taken in excess of the student’s regular school day. These courses are offered online, during the summertime, and after school. In the event that student incurs a cost for such courses, the Fast Forward program can pay up to $225.00 for the cost of the course. Overload courses must be above and beyond the full course load offered by the student’s local school.

Dual Credits
Dual credit are courses taken by high school students that are transcribed on their high school and college transcripts. The Fast Forward program can pay for up to $75.00 per credit, and in most cases, the cost of these credits is $65.00. Funds will pay for the cost of the course fee only. Any other expenses accrued must be paid out of pocket (i.e. lab fees, books, part-time student fees, etc.). Dual credit can also be taken online, virtual conferencing, or directly to the college/university campus. All dual credit courses will be transcribed on to students’ high school transcript.

Exams
Student can utilize Fast Forward funds to pay for a variety of college-credit bearing or professional technical exams. These include Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or Career & Technical Education (CTE) exams. A full list of qualifying exams is available here.



Participation Form
The Fast Forward participation form is located here. Every student will need to have a completed form on file. You will fill out and submit form directly to counselor.

Deadlines for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

 

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Early Graduation Scholarship

Early Graduation Scholarships are available for students who graduate at least one full year early. These scholarships are equal to 35% of the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for a given school year. This equates to roughly $1,500.00. Scholarships can be used at Idaho public post-secondary institutions. The awarded amount will double for students who graduate two years early and will triple for students who graduate three years early. If a student elects not to attend a college or university immediately after high school, they will have up to 28 months to utilize the scholarship before it expires.

For more information on any of the Advanced Opportunities programs, please refer to the links provided, contact your school’s counselor or visit the State Department of Education website.