High School Advanced Opportunities

Concurrent Enrollment For Parents

Is Concurrent Enrollment a Good Choice for Your Student?

To succeed in the Concurrent Enrollment program, your student should have good study skills, self-discipline, and motivation. They’ll need the maturity and initiative to attend class and participate at the same level as regular college students.

Concurrent Enrollment has many benefits:

  • Saving money on college classes by paying a reduced tuition of $65.00 per credit as a concurrently enrolled student while still in high school.
  • Ability to complete a variety of first year college classes by the end of high school.
  • Opportunity to take a class on the college campus and experience what college is like. This can help make the transition from home to college easier as well as provide information for future educational decisions. Participating in a college atmosphere may also help your student excel in learning.
  • Ability to choose from a wide selection of college courses.

Talk to your student’s high school counselor, as well as our Advanced Opportunity office about whether Concurrent Enrollment is a good match for your student. Please remember that as a concurrently enrolled student, they are considered a regular college student responsible for their education. Take into consideration the maturity level of your student.

Home School Students

Home School Students are welcome to participate in the Concurrent Enrollment credit program. Students must be at least 16 years of age and pass the required course prerequisites or exam scores. Contact the Office of Advanced Opportunities for more information or an advising appointment. If home school students want to use Fast Forward Funds, they will need to have a waiver form signed by an associated public school principal stating eligibility.

Important Items to Consider

Academics

  1. The College of Eastern Idaho offers many challenging classes, all taught at a faster pace than high school classes.
  2. CEI classes typically cover as much material in one semester as most high school classes cover in one year.
  3. Often, classes require up to two hours of out-of-class study, per course credit, per week.
  4. All Concurrent Enrollment grades become part of your students permanent college transcript.
  5. Your student is also responsible for completing all high school graduation requirements in addition to the concurrently enrolled courses.
  6. Your student will have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree and high school diploma at the same time.
  7. GEM stamped college credits your student earns will transfer to all other Idaho state public colleges and universities, according to the guidelines of those institutions. To be sure the courses your student takes will transfer, work with your students advisor at CEI and the next institution they plan to attend. You can also check the following website for Transfer equivalencies. http://coursetransfer.idaho.gov/

Paying for Classes

Parents can save hundreds of dollars in tuition by their students moving ahead while completing high school requirements early and when your student is 16 years old, by starting college early through concurrent enrollment!

Idaho State Department of Education - Office of Advanced Opportunities

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. The fund can be used for:

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment courses are taken by high school students and their grades are transcribed on both their high school and college transcripts. Through concurrent enrollment, students enroll in CEI college-level classes at a significantly reduced tuition rate.

The Fast Forward program can pay the cost of $65.00/credit. However, students are responsible for the cost of lab and other fees, books, supplies, non-course related fees, and transportation to and from college. Students are also responsible for making sure they apply for the funds through the Advanced Opportunity Portal to ensure they are not billed by the college for nonpayment or dropped from classes. Traditional federal financial aid is not available for concurrently enrolled students.

Concurrent Enrollment courses can be taken face-to-face or online (internet).

Exams

Students can utilize Fast Forward funds to pay for a variety of college-credit bearing or professional technical exams. These include Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or Career Technical Education (CTE) exams. A full list of qualifying exams is available in the Resource Files on the http://www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/advanced-ops/index.html web link.

An Advanced Opportunities Participation Form allows students to participate in the Fast Forward program through the Idaho State Department of Education as authorized by Idaho Code 33, Chapter 46: Advanced Opportunities. By signing the form, the student and parent/guardian agree to the conditions and provisions of the program. The participation form needs to be signed and sent to your students participating high school counselor and will be retained by the student’s school district.

To Request Fast Forward Funds

The Idaho State Department of Education Advanced Opportunities website link: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/student-engagement/advanced-ops/index.html

Portal registration instructions are as follows:

Registration is a two-part process.

Step 1: The student must create an account with the State Department of Education.

  • Go to https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov/
  • Select “Create an Account”
  • Fill in all the information (if you don’t know your EDUID, leave it blank)
  • Choose “Enroll New Student” to submit
  • Verify the account, using the confirmation email sent to the student. (Sometimes these go to student spam folders. If they aren’t received instantly, there is a problem, please contact your high school counselor)

From here, your school will verify your account. Once this is done, you may sign up for funding.

Step 2: Sign up for course or exam funding, once you know the account is active.

  • Go to https://advancedops.sde.idaho.gov and login
  • Choose “Student Landing” in the top left corner
  • Apply for funding
  • Choose Exam or Course
  • Register the information for that course/exam
    • Most courses or exams are available in a drop down menu. If you don’t see your course or exam, contact your counselor. He or she may need to enter the course for you.
    • Choose Fast Forward
  • Submit your registration

How Does My Son/Daughter Apply for Concurrent Enrollment?

  1. Complete the Concurrent Enrollment Packet.
  2. Get all required signatures listed on the Concurrent Enrollment Form.
  3. Obtain a transcript from the high school along with applicable prerequisite test scores. See Current online catalog for prerequisite cut scores.
  4. Submit all required documents to the Advanced Opportunity office during open registration. See current online catalog for specific registration dates.
  5. Pay any additional fees not covered by Fast Forward Funds. Please make sure to also submit the request for Fast Forward Funds through the Advanced Opportunity portal or else a bill may be sent to the student and they will be dropped from classes for non-payment.
  6. Obtain the books & supplies required for the course.

Placement at College of Eastern Idaho

All first-time students must provide placement information to be able to register for several CEI General Education courses. Placement is based on: ACT, SAT, GAIN, MPEA, or MPEB.

Appointments for placement may be made by contacting the CEI campus testing center at (208) 535-5438.

If the student has taken the ACT, SAT, GAIN, MPEA, or MPEB and the scores are not in our system, please have them sent to the College of Eastern Idaho Admissions.

Mail or drop off to:
CEI Admissions
1600 S. 25th E.
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Reasons Students May Not Be Able to Register for Classes

  • Classes are full or waitlisted
  • Concurrent Enrollment Form was not complete when submitted.
  • Placement Assessment scores are missing or may not satisfy requirements for class.
  • Outstanding tuition or fees on Student Account from previous semester.
  • If you have taken college classes other than CEI, CEI needs an official transcript from that college (not the high school) to verify the course and grade. You may need to do this if a prerequisite course is needed prior to registering for a CEI class.

College Expectations

As a college student, students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible adults. This includes, but is not limited to, attending class, seeking academic help, and addressing any problems they may have directly with their instructors. It is also important for parents to realize that college classes may cover a wide variety of sensitive subjects, including sex, violence, and religion. Remember, Concurrent Enrollment students are in classes with other adult college students.

College of Eastern Idaho is required by law to inform students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which involves keeping student records confidential. Without a student’s written permission, CEI will not share student records with anyone but the student and appropriate college and high school representatives. Students who wish to share information with their parents must complete a release form. Parents cannot contact instructors or advisors on a student's behalf. College instructors are not informed of a student's age or enrollment status. Further information is available from the Registrar’s Office at (208) 535-5476.

Advising

Contact our office for individual Journey planning appointments (208) 535-5309.

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