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 at our drop-in center at the Downtown Y for those students that do not demand individual advising. The hours of the drop-in center are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:00pm.

Advising Packages and Boot Camps

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College Essay Private Editing Session

This session, $150, is designed for 12th grade students who want feedback on a completed main essay draft. This session is by appointment. read more


Jump-start Me Package

The Jump-start Me Package, designed for 10th-12th grade students. read more


Essay Only Package

The Essay Only Package, designed for 12th grade students. read more


Basic Package

The Basic Package, designed for 11th and 12th grade students. read more


Athlete Package

The Athlete Package includes all of the above, plus helps the student whose goal is a college match that involves playing a sport. read more


Artist Package

The Artist Package includes the Basic Package, plus helps the student whose goal is a college match in their special area of talent. read more


Boot Camp (1 Session)

In this workshop, we'll look at the Common Application prompts and how to unpack them. read more


Boot Camp (2 Sessions)

This package includes the Main Essay and Application workshop, and the Revision workshop. read more


Open Hourly Rate

Our open hourly rate is $125 and can include any services mentioned above or on our website. This fee applies to information meetings with 9th and 10th grade students who seek early guidance but who are not yet ready to sign up for a package.

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 OnlyBasic PackageAthlete or Artist Package
0- $40,000 $0- $3,333 $12.50 $25 $40 $150 $300
$40,000- $60,000 $3,333- $5,000 $31.25 $62.50 $150 $500 $750
$60,000- $70,000 $5,000- $5,833 $50 $100 $240 $800 $1200
$70,000- $80,000 $5,833- $6,666 $68.75 $137.50 $330 $1100 $1650
$80,000- $90,000 $6,666- $7,500 $87.50 $175 $420 $1400 $2100
$90,000- $100,000 $7,500- $8,333 $106.25 $212.50 $510 $1700 $2550
$100,000 and up $8,333 and up $125 $250 $600 $2000 $3000

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