We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student's school search.

 December Application Event Series

6:00-8:00 pm on December 5th, 12th and 19th

We're scheduling some time at the downtown YMCA to help those last-minute, somewhat frantic students who--for whatever reason--are still working on their college applications when the calendar flips to December.  We'll have essay help, direction on getting things done by the deadline, and advice about financial aid and scholarships--as well as  some fun holiday refreshments!   We're doing this on Monday evenings so we hope even those with sports or other after school obligations can get the help they need.  Parents welcome too!

Email us for more information; drop-in center is always free and no sign up necessary!


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FREE Y Drop-In Advising Center

Wednesdays and Thursdays 3 PM to 6 PM
Boise Downtown YMCA

We're in the Y basement, ready to answer questions about almost any aspect of the college application process. Come visit us!

We also provide private advising on a sliding-scale fee-for-service basis. Contact us to find out more about whether this is a service you might need.  Private Advising Fee Schedule

Questions or to sign up:  info@stepaheadidaho.org

Welcome To Step Ahead Idaho

Our Mission

step ahead idaho further educationDetermining the next step after high school is one of the most important decisions a student will make. There is a wealth of opportunities available—college, university, community college, trade school—but navigating the maze of applications, testing, and financial aid can seem overwhelming to both students and parents.

At Step Ahead Idaho, we recognize that no two students are the same, and we provide tailored counseling to meet the needs of each individual client. We provide honest, supportive and experienced perspective to each student's school search.

Our mission is to help each student:

  • discover his or her own interests and strengths to find the "best fit" schools.
  • sort through and organize each step of the planning and application process in a timely manner.
  • put his or her "best foot forward" to maximize acceptance to the school of choice.