By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Beginning this school year, high school students attending public schools across the Gem State will have access to new funding to help cover the costs of taking college-level courses or professional-technical certification exams while still in high school with a program called Fast Forward.
“The Fast Forward program will help students and their parents. Students get a jump-start on college and parents pay less for college-level classes. The Fast Forward program opens the doors of opportunity to all of Idaho’s public school students, no matter where they live,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.
During the 2014 Legislative Session, legislators passed Senate Bill 1233, which approved funds to cover up to 75 percent of the cost of taking dual-credit courses, college-bearing exams or professional-technical exams.
The Fast Forward Program provides every high school junior access up to $200 and high school seniors access to up to $400 per year.
“West Side School District supported the original legislation from the Senate when it was being constructed this past spring. We were ecstatic to learn additional funds would be flowing to pay for the cost of college credits,” said West Side superintendent Spencer Barzee.
“We are definitely seeing an increasing trend for funding from the legislators and programs from Idaho State Department of Education related to increasing funds to pay for college costs for students attending high school. This fits our culture and mission perfectly.”
Barzee indicated the program would pay for nearly 350 college credits a year at West Side High School.
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