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

 January is Crunch Time for Seniors!

 Closed over Winter Break; we'll be open again on January 7, 8, and 9  3-6 PM at Hillcrest, but will not be open Thursday Jan 10. The Downtown Y Center will be open Wednesday, January 9, 3-6 PM

Please stop by if you need help:

  • completing applications
  • writing essays
  • deciding where to apply
  • making sure your list has both match and reach schools
  • understanding your financial aid process

We won't have scheduled "OPEN" hours during the Winter Break, but please contact us if you need to make an appointment

All services are sliding scale: we don't turn away students because of inability to pay.

  Please contact us if you have questions: info@stepaheadidaho.org

FREE Drop-In Advising Centers

We'll be at TWO locations in Boise this year!

 Fall 2018 Hours:

Step Ahead Idaho at Hillcrest Library 
5248 West Overland Road near Overland and Orchard

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-6 PM

Wednesdays 3-8 PM 

Downtown Boise Y

Wednesdays 3-6 PM

Our advisors take a limited number of fee-for-service clients each year; we have a few openings for students who prefer one-on-one advising. Sliding scale, scholarships available. Here's a link to the various packages we offer: Service Packages

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.


We gratefully acknowledge generous grants from:

  • Bev and George Harad
  • The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation
  • US Bank Foundation  
  • The Perkins Foundation