What is the Advanced Opportunities (Fast Forward) Funding Program?
Advanced Opportunities allocates $4,125 to Rocky students to use towards the cost of: Overload Courses, Dual Credit Courses, Exams, and Workforce Training. Dual credit courses are courses transcribed on both a student’s high school and college transcript. Through the Advanced Opportunities program, students can request up to $75 per credit for such courses. Students using funds for more than 15 credits must meet with an advisor to discuss how credits will translate into their post highschool goals. Exams Students can use Advanced Opportunities funds to cover the full cost of the following exams: Advanced Placement (AP) International Baccalaureate (IB) College Level Examination Program (CLEP).
Other helpful resources:Workforce Training and Advanced Opportunities
Fast Forward Program
- $4125 per student
- Pays for concurrent credits, dual credits, CTE exams & AP exams
- Portal is open for 6 weeks in the Fall & Spring (strict deadline set by the state)
- The high school transcript does not reflect college credits for dual credit classes.
- College transcripts can be requested directly from the university that awarded credit
- If you sign up to take a yearlong course for concurrent credit, you cannot transfer out at semester due to the risk of earning a W or F on a college transcript (and lose future funding)
4 Steps for Signing Up for Funding to Pay for a Class: Each Step Must Be Completed!
- Fast Forward participation form is filled out electronically on the Parent PowerSchool account
- Create an account in Fast Forward Portal / Verify account through email
- Request Funding for EACH concurrent credit course
-or- IDLA course -or- Summer School course
- Register for the class with the college or IDLA, or sign up for the exam! Links to the college are below and your teacher will help you with this step! If you request funding but do not sign up for a class or exam, your funding will be dropped!!!
*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.
College Registration- Your teacher will help you with this step! Once you register for the class please check in with your teacher and make sure your name is on their class roster!
BSU Student Dual Credit Registration Portal
* BSU Student and Parent Information Brochure
CWI Student Dual Credit Registration Portal
NNU Student Dual Credit Registration Portal
U of I Dual Credit Admissions and Registration Link
ISU Dual Credit Early College Program LInk
Taking Dual Credit (Concurrent Credit) at Rocky or at a College
- You are earning a high school grade and a college grade at the same time
- Concurrent credit teachers will provide the information needed to (1) register with the university and (2) request Fast Forward funding.
- You must have parent permission signed on the parents Power School account
- If you have difficulty remembering your password for your funding account, you can reset it by using "Can't Log In" to get a temporary
- If you can't remember the email you used to create your account, please come and see us in the career center or send us an email.
- You can track your funding requests in your Advanced Opportunities account by viewing "Course Submissions". We don't track your credits here at Rocky, so that is up to you. Your senior year you will need to know where your credits are, so you can send them via transcripts to the college you'll be attending.
- Do not request funding until you have registered for the course. You can view current dual credit courses here. If you want to check to see if you are registered ask the teacher if you are on their college roster.
- If you fail to pass or withdraw from a course after the drop deadline, you risk receiving a W or F on a college transcript and having your funding frozen (learn more here!). You will need to pay out of pocket for the next class and pass it before funds will be unfrozen and available to you.
Taking an Overload Course (IDLA and summer school)
- Courses must be high school level. Middle school courses will not be covered by Fast Forward.
- The student currently takes a full course load at their school and plans to continue a full course load next year. A full course load is defined, by the state, as at least six (6) credits this semester, and six (6) next (not including IDLA classes) to total twelve credits in a school year.
- The student should meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0.
- Courses cannot be repeated or for remediation. If it is a repeat class, you must pay out of pocket for the course.
- The parents/student are responsible for signing Fast Forward participation form electronically through their parent portal of PowerSchool.
- The student understands that all overload courses must be high school level and will be recorded on their high school transcript.
- You do not need to pay upfront for courses if you are using Fast Forward funds. If the course is through a source that is not an Idaho public institution like BYU online, then you will pay and request reimbursement.
- If the course you are looking for is not in the funding portal, please go see your career counselor to turn it on for you.
- If your course is over the summer, you will request your funds for the next school year and use your grade level for next year.
- The parent/student understands that if the student fails to earn credit for a course that has been paid for using Fast Forward funds, the student will not have access to Fast Forward money until they have paid for a “like” course and pass it. Failing to earn credit on a course includes earning an F or W on the students’ transcript. Learn more here!