Fast Forward/Advanced Opportunities Information
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:Dual CreditsDual credit courses are taken by high school students. These courses are transcribed on both their high school and college transcripts. The Fast Forward program can pay for up to $75.00 per credit. Dual Credit courses can also be taken online, by virtual conferencing, or in some cases students can go directly to the college/university campus. All dual credit courses must be transcribed on the students’ high school transcript.Technical Exams and Advanced Placement(AP) Exams
Overload CoursesAn 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.
- Many of our CTE students are eligible for certification exams by the time they have completed their CTE pathway. Fast Forward can be used to help pay for these certification exams.
- AP exams are another great way to earn college credit!More detail on AP courses and credit transferability can be found under the "AP" tab. Funding can be used to help pay for the cost of these exams. AP exams usually run about $94.
- West Ada high school students should have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must be taking a full course load of 8 credits per semester. This means no release periods of any kind can be taken currently or in the future.
- West Ada middle school students should have a 3.0 or higher GPA and must be taking a full course load of 7 classes per semester. This means no release periods of any kind can be taken currently or in the future.
- If a student take an overload course and fails to take a full course load the following semester. The student will not have access to fast forward funds until an additional overload course is taken and paid for independently.
- Fast Forward funds may not be used for repeated or remedial course work.
The Fast Forward participation form is now located exclusively in the PowerSchool parent portal, under the "Update Student Information" section. You will fill out and submit the form directly in PowerSchool. This can only be done under your parent login, not the student login.
Students who fail to request Fast Forward funds will be financially responsible for payment to the college or educational institution sponsoring the course!
*You can take a concurrent credit class without registering for college credit. Taking it for college credit is a commitment that means the grade you get in the class is the final grade on a college transcript. If you are not strong in the subject content or concerned about your ability to handle the rigor, talk to your teacher, parents, and career counselor before you register. Using Fast Forward funds and failing (or withdrawing mid-year) means a freeze on future use of Fast Forward funds.