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

Service Packages

photo student counselingHow much does this cost? Many of our services are FREE.

Our Y Drop-In Center is always free, as are our public seminars. Often students can complete the entire process at no cost through our drop-in center.

We do offer fee-for-service for individual advising on a sliding scale. Students applying to highly selective schools, athletes, and those needing extensive advising may want to consider our private services.

We invite you to schedule a free half-hour meeting to discuss the needs of your family regarding college advising, and the services we offer.

Please contact us for more information!

Free Drop-in Center

We offer free advising services via weekly Zoom sessions (Tues. & Thurs. 3:00-6:00). When open, we have two Drop-in Centers: Downtown Boise YMCA & Hillcrest Advising Center, 5248 W Overland Rd., next to the Hillcrest Library. Check website for days/times.

Advising Packages and Boot Camps


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College Essay Private Editing Session

Read More and Inquire >This session, $150, is designed for 12th grade students who want feedback on a completed main essay draft. This session is by appointment.

$150.00

Jump-start Me Package

Read More and Inquire >The Jump-start Me Package, designed for 10th-12th grade students.

$250.00

Essay Only Package

Read More and Inquire >The Essay Only Package, designed for 12th grade students.

$600.00

Essay Plus Package

Read More and Inquire >The Essay Plus Package, designed for 12th grade students.

$1,200.00

Basic Package

Read More and Inquire >The Basic Package, designed for 11th and 12th grade students.

$2,000.00

Basic Plus Package

Read More and Inquire >The Basic Plus Package, designed for 11th and 12th grade students.

$3,000.00

Athlete Package

Read More and Inquire >The Athlete Package includes all of the above, plus helps the student whose goal is a college match that involves playing a sport.

$3,000.00

Artist Package

Read More and Inquire >The Artist Package includes the Basic Package, plus helps the student whose goal is a college match in their special area of talent.

$3,000.00

Open Hourly Rate

Our open hourly rate is $125 and can include any services mentioned above or on our website.

Sliding Fee Structure

Step Ahead Idaho wishes to provide college advising to families at a reasonable price. Our sliding fee structure is below. If you think you may qualify for a reduced rate for services, please contact us.

Annual IncomeMonthly IncomeHourly RateJump-Start Me PackageEssay Only/Essay PlusBasic PackageBasic Plus, Athlete or Artist Package
0- $40,000 $0- $3,333 $12.50 $25 $40 / $80 $150 $300
$40,000- $60,000 $3,333- $5,000 $31.25 $62.50 $150 / $300 $500 $750
$60,000- $70,000 $5,000- $5,833 $50 $100 $240 / $480 $800 $1200
$70,000- $80,000 $5,833- $6,666 $68.75 $137.50 $330 / $660 $1100 $1650
$80,000- $90,000 $6,666- $7,500 $87.50 $175 $420 / $840 $1400 $2100
$90,000- $100,000 $7,500- $8,333 $106.25 $212.50 $510 / $1020 $1700 $2550
$100,000 and up $8,333 and up $125 $250 $600 / $1200 $2000 $3000

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