This fall Idaho’s “go-on rates” decreased in every demographic group — including crucial demographics, such as Hispanic students and students from low-income households.
More than 9,300 Idaho high school seniors have already applied for federal financial aid. The deadline to seek aid from Uncle Sam is June 30.
Fewer than 45 percent of the state’s high school graduates went straight to college last fall. Despite a multimillion-dollar campaign to encourage students to continue their education, this number has remained stagnant.
Seniors will get their direct admission letters in the mail in the next few days. The direct admissions program is one of several state initiatives designed to boost college go-on rates.
Students in East Idaho are more likely to go on a two-year mission right out of high school, which affects first-year college go-on rates.
Sixty-two percent of Coeur d’Alene’s high school graduates went on to college in 2016 — and the district hopes to build on that. Plus, more local breakdowns of the new go-on numbers.
But even if the college enrollment numbers are trending upward — and that’s open to interpretation — Idaho is still a long way from hitting its much-touted “60 percent goal.”
This small, rural Idaho school churned out a 100 percent graduation rate in 2016. About half went on to college, a ratio that mirrors Idaho’s statewide go-on rate. Here are some of their stories on life after high school.