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College Ready is designed to aid Frisco ISD students and parents as they prepare for all aspects of post-secondary experience. Frisco ISD is committed to college readiness for all students. College readiness is a result of thoughtful and conscious preparations, not chance or privilege. It’s never too soon and never too late to start down the College Ready path. Here are resources to help you begin what may be the most exciting and important journey of your life!

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

What You Need to Know About Changes to the FAFSA (YouTube video)

Starting with the 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), these changes will be in effect:

  • You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier. You can file your 2018-2019 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2017.

The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information:

July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018 October 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018 2015
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019 2016
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 October 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020 2017

For more information, visit

FAFSA Helpful Links

Featured Websites

Best Value Schools

U.S. News and World Report looks as the top colleges and universities that offer students the best value. The calculation used here takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2017 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2015-2016 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

Big Future

One stop shop for getting started in your college and career future. Find colleges, explore careers, tips to consider when paying for college and making a plan and getting in.

NAEHCY Higher Education

Assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education. Toll-free number 855.446.2673.

Texas OnCourse

Texas OnCourse provides parents and students a variety of tools and information for preparing for college and careers.

2018-19 ACT/SAT Tests

Dates and Deadlines

Test Test Date Normal Registration
August 25, 2018
July 27, 2018
August 15, 2018
September 8, 2018
August 10, 2018
August 11-26, 2018
SAT October 6, 2018 September 7, 2018 CHS, WHS
ACT October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 CHS, WHS
SAT November 3, 2018 October 5, 2018 CHS, WHS
SAT December 1, 2018 November 2, 2018 CHS, WHS
ACT December 8, 2018
November 2, 2018
ACT February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 CHS, WHS
SAT March 9, 2019
February 8, 2019
ACT April 13, 2019
March 8, 2019
 SAT May 4, 2019
April 5, 2019
SAT June 1, 2019
May 3, 2019
None in FISD
ACT June 8, 2019
May 3, 2019
ACT  July 13, 2018  June 14, 2019  None in FISD

Fees and School Codes

View the ACT/SAT fees and FISD School Codes

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Career Readiness

Frisco ISD College Ready can help you to identify, define and develop your personal career goals. When applying for college admission, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are my chances of getting the job I think I want when I graduate?

  • How will higher education affect my career goals?

  • How is earning potential related to higher education?

  • How can I find a college best suited for my skills and work interests?

These resources will help answer these questions as you begin mapping your career by matching your background, knowledge, and skills with career opportunities. Explore Frisco ISD’s College Ready Career Readiness to better understand the connections between higher education and your career options.

First Steps to Career Readiness

Career Interest Survey

Short online surveys designed to match student interests, talents, and skills with career options.


State-legislated program designed to improve student success in college.

Vocational Counseling

Information for assisting students in choosing suitable occupations.

Benefits of a Community College

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Academic Readiness

Once you begin your college career, you need to feel confident that your high school preparation was more than adequate: this is academic readiness, a crucial component for college success. It means that you can handle college course work without remediation, especially in math, reading, and writing. Think about the following while keeping up with your high school course load.

  • Have you worked with your parents and counselor on your 4-year plan?

  • Do you know how to calculate your GPA?

  • Should you consider taking a college entrance exam prep course?

Frisco ISD has academic course offerings to prepare you for any higher education experience. All students are encouraged to take rigorous, college preparatory courses in order to be eligible and ready for college academia.

Basic College Vocabulary

Common terms used by many institutions of higher learning.


College entrance exam published by American College Testing that measures a student's ability in math, verbal comprehension and problem solving.


College entrance exam published by the College Board that measures a student's ability in reading, writing/language and math. The SAT has an optional essay component. 


PSAT is a preliminary standardized test, a shorter version of the SAT, which can determine eligibility for academic scholarships.

AP Exams and AP Courses

College-equivalent courses offered in high school. Students can earn credit at most colleges and universities from AP Exams which are correlated to AP courses.

4-Year Plan

A student’s written high school plan of academic courses.

Senior Year Plans

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

English proficiency test for non-native speakers.

Dual Enrollment (Concurrent) Opportunities

Qualified students may be enrolled concurrently with an FISD high school and Collin College. Students in dual credit classes will earn both high school and college credit. Admission requirements include successful completion of the TSI test or proof of exemption from TSI. Students are responsible for paying the tuition, books and fees. Transportation is not provided to or from classes. Student must meet admissions requirements. See counselors for details.

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Personal Readiness

One important component of being College Ready is personal readiness--your ability to carry out your mission to successfully complete a college education. In addition to a stong commitment, think about these questions as you prepare for higher education.

  • How are your time management skills?

  • Do you have a support network?

  • Do you know where to go? Who to ask? When you need help?

It is your individual responsibility to develop skills and good work habits during high school that will pay off long into the future. Use these resources to ensure your success after graduating from Frisco ISD.

First Steps to Personal Readiness


Efficient use of time and importance of meeting personal and college admission deadlines.

Academic Competitions

Opportunities for students to extend the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their curriculum subject matter.

Parental Expectations and Support

Student Organizations & Clubs

Importance of non-academic activities in the college admissions process.

College Searches & Visits


Helpful Links

Financial Readiness

While finances should never get in the way of a college education, Frisco ISD is aware that money matters. The two main financial considerations for higher education are tuition fees and living costs, and these can vary vastly from college to college. Careful research and preparation can help you find financial aid from many sources: the government, grants, scholarships, and the universities themselves. While considering a college, ask yourself:

  • Can my parents afford to pay for any or all of my college experience?

  • What grants, loans, and scholarships am I eligible for?

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

  • Should I consider a private or public college?

Most students need financial help to some degree, whether from parents or outside sources. Frisco ISD College Ready Financial Readiness has resources to help you best handle the financial burden of university life.

First Steps to Financial Readiness

Tuition Tools

Student loan comparison tool to help students and their families make informed borrowing decisions.

Financial Terms

Tuition Calculators

Student Loans

Low interest loans offered by the federal government.

Military Scholarships

Higher education funds available to ROTC students and current military dependents


Funds awarded by colleges, universities, government, or outside sources on the basis of academic merit or financial need. Scholarships are generally used to waive tuition or fees.

US Government Resourses

Official government websites designed for students and families

Education Savings Plans

Savings plans operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families save for college. Participants may receive tax benefits if basic plan requirements are met.


Monetary aid for higher education that does not have to be repaid

Helpful Links

Admissions Readiness

While you are working on your GPA, taking entrance exams, and searching for the right college, colleges are looking for the most qualified applicants by sifting through information from thousands of students. Keep a personal checklist handy so you don’t miss any personal or college application deadlines. Some of the items on your list should include:

  • admissions deadlines for the colleges you are interested in

  • college entrance exams registration dates

  • campus visits plans

  • advice from your high school counselor

The process of getting into college spans several months. The resources at Frisco ISD’s Admission Readiness will help you learn about all the admission factors you need to consider when choosing the right college.

First Steps to Admissions Readiness

Admission Factors

Admissions Terms


Utilizing your high school counselors to help plan your college experience.

Admission Testing Calendars

Early Decision

Some colleges and universities have an Early Decision admission policy. Students are limited to one Early Decision application and are committed to that school once they have received their letter of acceptance, usually no later than January of their senior year.

College Timeline

College Essays

College Applications

College Search Sites

Search colleges by type, location, and cost, with direct links to college websites

College Fairs

College fairs are sponsored by participating colleges and universities. They are free and open to the public and allow students and parents to meet with representatives from a variety of post-secondary institutions.

College Interviews

Choosing a College

Community College

Activities Resume

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