Advanced Opportunities - Fast Forward Program

Advanced Opportunities allows students to individualize their high school learning plan to get a jump-start on their future. These options include Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Career and Technical Education programs.



Fast Forward Program
The Fast Forward program provides every student in grades 7-12 who attend an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards the following:

 

  • 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.
    • Boise School District junior high and high school students must be taking a full course load of 7 credits per semester. This means no release periods of any kind can be taken currently or in the future.
    • If a student takes an overload course and fails to take a full course load the following semester, the student will not have access to funding until an additional overload course is taken and paid for independently.
  • 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. The form must be signed by the student and parent/guardian and turned in to their school counselor.

Deadlines for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
   Term Student Application
Data Entry Window

   Summer 2017

May 12, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017

   Fall 2017

Aug 21, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017

   Spring 2018

Nov 13, 2017 - Feb 23, 2018



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.
Aug 21, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017