Parents have the opportunity to save hundreds (or thousands) of dollars by getting an early start on college via the Dual Credit Program. Classes offered at Idaho high schools are $65 per credit (courses range between 1 and 5 credits each). Compare this to the over $300 standard per credit fee and it's easy to see that dual credit classes offer a significant value.
The Fast Forward Program is designed to help cover the costs associated with dual credit courses or college-bearing/professional-technical exams. The program provides every student attending an Idaho public school an allocation of $4,125 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. To utilize program funds, students must register through the Application Portal.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records and is enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education (FPCO). Essentially, the act states that 1) "students" must be permitted to inspect their own "education records" and 2) "school officials" may not disclose personally identifiable information about a student without written permission from the student.
The Dual Credit Registration Form includes an information release statement. Therefore, by signing the form, students authorize school officials to disclose "academic and financial records" to the parents/guardians noted on the application.