Student Opportunities Assistance Program
The Student Opportunities Assistance Program (SOAP) is a non-public school program by Advanced Opportunities. Students not attending an Idaho public school in grades 7-12 may be eligible for a reimbursement of approved college course costs taken for dual credit and/or specified exams.
What Expenses are Eligible?
Students are allowed a maximum of up to $750 in total reimbursable funds.
Exams can be reimbursed up to the cost of the allowable limit from the Student Opportunities Assistance Program exam list. Exams must be either an approved AP, CTE, CLEP or IB exam.
Dual credit courses can be reimbursed up to $75 per college credit from a regionally accredited college/university that are numbered 100 level or higher and not considered remedial.
Who is Eligible for this Program?
For a student to be eligible, the student:
- Must be an Idaho resident.
- Must be under the age of 21.
- Cannot be taking courses beyond the eligible expected graduation cohort (e.g. 4 years of high school).
- Summer is considered the start of the next school year, students taking courses in the summer shall be transitioning to the next grade level.
- Grades received are deemed satisfactory by the provider.
How Do I Submit a Claim for Reimbursement?
Applications will be available April 1st to submit a request.
Applications for reimbursement will be available through the State Department of Education’s website. The application for reimbursement for courses or exams taken in school year 2021-2022 will be made available from April 1st to June 1st, 2022. Submitted applications will be reviewed after this date and reimbursements will be sent directly to families. Students will be required to submit necessary information for payment such as a W-9 form, proof of purchase and will have to provide evidence of satisfactory completion of courses/exams such as a transcript or receipt.
What are Some Additional Limitations?
Depending on the number of applications and funding requests, as well as available funds, reimbursement may be less than the allowable limit.
Students participating in the public-school Advanced Opportunities program are not eligible for participation in the Student Opportunities Assistance Program.
College credit must be transcribed on the high school transcript. Four (4) semester college credits equal at least one (1) full year (two (2) semester credits) of high school credit in that subject (Idaho Statute § 33-5109).
Repeated or remedial courses are not allowed. Repeated exams are not allowed.
Reimbursement is only eligible for courses or exams taken within the designated school year.