You Can Still Apply for College and Attend This Fall

It’s not too late to decide you want to go to college this fall! Community colleges and even some of Idaho’s 4-year universities accept applications for admission throughout July and continue to admit qualified students, as space allows, until school begins. To make sure you know whether the school you want to attend accepts late […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Direct Admissions

In late September, direct admissions letters will notify more than 20,000 public high school seniors that they have been accepted to college. Using college entrance exam scores and GPA information reported from students’ junior years, the State Board of Education works with Idaho’s higher education institutions to proactively admit Idaho’s graduating seniors to six or […]


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 […]