State Board to graduating seniors: It’s not too late

May might be graduation month, but the State Board of Education is aiming another pitch at high school seniors.

The message: It’s still not too late to apply for college.

The State Board recently sent 11,000 postcards to seniors, saying they still can apply to any of Idaho’s colleges and universities. These seniors haven’t yet applied to an Idaho college — hence the followup note from the State Board.

The board also sent postcards to 2018 graduates who never enrolled.

“These are students who may have taken a year off to work,” Byron Yankey, the State Board’s college and career advising program manager, said in a news release Friday. “The message is the same for former students, that it is still not too late to make plans for one’s future. All told, we sent out about 18,000 postcards this week and we’ll follow that up next week with a personalized email to each current and former student.”

It’s also not too late for 2018 or 2019 graduates to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. That deadline is June 30.

Last fall, the State Board sent out letters to Idaho’s 22,000 high school seniors, telling them they were pre-admitted to some or all of the state’s colleges and universities. About 11,000 followed up by filling out applications.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

Get EdNews in your inbox

Weekly round up every Friday