Apply Idaho Now Open

As of October 1, 2018, Apply Idaho is open for students to submit applications to one or more of Idaho colleges and universities at once, free of charge. In addition to all Idaho public colleges, this year students can apply to the College of Idaho and Northwest Nazarene University. All Idaho seniors (attending public and […]


Counselors: Sign up for the Next Steps Monthly Newsletter

The State Board of Education and Next Steps Idaho are here to help you connect students to the resources they need to plan for life after high school. In our monthly email newsletter, we tell subscribers about upcoming initiatives, policy changes, scholarship opportunities, and highlight key features of the Next Steps website. Sign up today […]


Idaho Career Information System Gets a New Look

Idaho’s Career Information System has officially moved to the Idaho State Board of Education office, and the Next Steps Idaho website. You’ll find a fresh new look and feel, improved navigation, and new resources for students and educators.     What’s new? CIS is now integrated with Clever for easy Single Sign-On Students can use […]


Explore Career Technical Education

Have you ever wondered where your education is leading you? Felt like your education should lead to meaningful employment? Career and technical education (CTE) provides relevant career training through Idaho’s public schools, online through CTE Digital, and at Idaho’s six technical colleges. Every CTE program or class is aligned with careers available here in Idaho. […]


Summer Activities to Stay Focused

Summer break is all about getting some well-deserved time off. But there are lots of ways you can continue to think about and plan for your future, while still leaving plenty of time for fun.       Read books about careers you may want to explore. For example, if you are interested in clothing […]


Finding Scholarships

Getting scholarships is a good way to help pay for college. Now, we’ve made it even easier for you to find scholarship opportunities available in Idaho. Check out the Next Steps Scholarship Listing where you can sort the list by GPA or by award amount to find scholarships you’d like to apply for. Each listing […]


Preparing for the SAT

Idaho’s SAT day is quickly approaching! April 10th, thousands of Juniors across the state will take the SAT college entrance exam. All students must take a college entrance exam to graduate (the SAT or ACT), but getting a high score on these tests may also open doors to more college choices and earning scholarship money […]


Important FAFSA Information

You’ve probably heard some talk about “the new FAFSA.” But what exactly is changing? And what will that mean for you, your family, and your financial aid? What Exactly Is the FAFSA? The FAFSA (short for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid”) is a federal form that nearly all colleges and universities use to help […]


College and Career Advising Program

The Governor’s Taskforce identified proper college and career advising as one of the key factors for student success at the secondary and postsecondary level and a critical investment in order for Idaho to reach its 60% goal. To address this need, the Idaho Legislature passed a bill providing school districts and charter schools with additional […]