Advanced Opportunities

Advanced Opportunities
Advanced Opportunities allows students to individualize their high school learning plan to get a jump-start on their future. 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.

Fast Forward Program
The funding can be used for:

Overload Courses
An overload course is a high school level course that is taken in excess of the student's regular school day within a given school year. Overload courses must be above and beyond the full course load offered by the student's local school. 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 per overload course.

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.



Getting Started

Step 1: Sign the Fast Forward Participation Form
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 student's school counselor.



Step 2: Create an Advanced Opportunities Portal Account
You must use your FULL legal name as it appears in Infinite Campus when entering information.



Step 3: Verify your Account
Verify your account using the confirmation email that was sent to the registered email. (Sometimes these go to Spam or Junk - If the email is not received instantly, there is a problem)

Step 4: Request funding through the Advanced Opportunities Student Portal
Login to your account to request funding for EACH class and/or exam.



Step 5: Register for the Courses and/or Exams
Students must register with the college/university issuing the college credits - be sure to check their registration dates and deadlines as those may be different than the portal deadlines for funding.



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


Fast Forward Program Guide and Information


Deadlines for Portal Submission

Dates to apply for Fast Forward funding are:

Fall

  • September 15th to create an account
  • September 29th to request funding

Spring

  • February 9th to create an account
  • February 23rd to request funding

Questions?

Contact your school counselor to discuss your options.