FAST FORWARD ~ Summer 2020
*The portal opens May 4-29, 2020 for Summer Course Funding Requests*
Advanced Opportunities/Fast Forward 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.
- Pays for concurrent credits, AP exams, some CTE test fees, and overaload courses
- Portal is open for a specific time frame for Fall, Spring, and Summer Classes (strict deadline set by the state)
- The high school transcript does not reflect college credits
- 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)
Registering for Fast Forward funds and concurrent credit through the college/univeristy OR Fast Forward FUnds and an AP Exams requred two separate actions. This is the student's responsibility, and they must complete all parts to access Fast Forward Funds to cover the costs of the college credit or exam fee and earn credit.
*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.
Steps for accessing Fast Forward Funds
- Step 1: Complete Fast Forward Participation Form
- Login to PowerSchool parent portal, under the "Update Student Information"section.
- Fill out and submit the form directly in PowerSchool
- This can only be done under the parent login not the student login
- This step only needs to be completed one time in a student's high school career.
- Instruction Guide
- Step 2: Create a student account on the State Department of Education website (this only needs to be done once)
- Step 3: Login to your email account and verify your Advanced Opportunities account
- Step 4: Sign into State Department Fast Forward account and apply for funds for each concurrent credit class and/or AP exam.
- Step 5: Register for credit with the college/university OR register for AP exam through CollegeBoard Account.
- Students submit their concurrent enrollment paperwork directly to the teacher or complete the online registration process for the course. Please contact individual concurrent credit teachers for assistance with this step.