Why This Matters


    According to College Navigator, there are seven institutions that offer two-year associate degree programs in Idaho.


    Data from College Board shows that the average Idaho resident paid a total of $4,188 in tuition at public, in-district community colleges.


    The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that, during the 2018-19 school year, 76.9% of students attending two-year institutions in the United States relied on some type of financial aid.

Our Research

To create a comprehensive list of the learning opportunities and job training available in Idaho, we reviewed private and public community colleges as well as trade, technical, and vocational programs. We based our selections on factors such as tuition costs and the number of credits required to graduate. Most of these programs let students choose between an online and in-person learning format.

To confirm the quality of these programs, we limited our selections to accredited institutions. The majority of these colleges are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a voluntary, non-profit organization that is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). NWCCU evaluates postsecondary institutions by reviewing integrity, mission, and effectiveness.

  • 27hours to write this article
  • 12universities and colleges we assessed
  • 33education programs we compared

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What You Should Know About Graduating From Community College in Idaho

As you review your community college options, keep in mind your career and salary goals. Data from 2020 shows that the five highest-paying careers for associate degree holders in Idaho were air traffic controllers, radiation therapists, nuclear medicine technologists, diagnostic medical sonographers, and magnetic resonance imaging technologists.

Associate degree holders looking for a job should consider fields that typically have high availability. The occupations projected to have the most annual job openings over the next 10 years in Idaho are dental hygienists, electronics engineering technicians, preschool teachers (excluding special education), radiologic technologists, and architectural and civil drafters.

Job seekers in Idaho may want to avoid careers that are expected to decline over the upcoming decade. The occupations expected to experience a substantial drop in employment for associate degree holders are broadcast technicians, legal support workers, and forest and conservation technicians.

What’s Next?

While preparing for community college, it’s important to consider the financial aid opportunities available to you. To help associate degree students find funding, we’ve put together a list of federal and state resources that show you the different grants and scholarships available in Idaho.

  • Idaho State Department of Education. The Idaho State Department of Education supports students pursuing higher education by providing information about state scholarships and grants.
  • Federal Student Aid. Every year, over $120 billion in scholarships, grants, and loans is provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid. Students can determine their eligibility by visiting the FAFSA4caster and apply by filling out the online FAFSA form.
  • CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop is a useful resource sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. After accessing the site, users can find scholarships by filtering searches by degree level and location. The site also offers details about different award amounts, qualification requirements, and application deadlines for each scholarship opportunity.