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:
The following table provides a summary of key dates as we transition to using the early FAFSA submission timeframe and earlier tax information:
|WHEN A STUDENT IS ATTENDING COLLEGE (SCHOOL YEAR) ||WHEN A STUDENT CAN SUBMIT A FAFSA ||WHICH YEAR'S INCOME AND TAX INFORMATION REQUIRED |
|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 https://fafsa.gov/.
FAFSA Helpful Links
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.
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.
Assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education. Toll-free number 855.446.2673.
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 |
|CHS, FHS |
|SAT ||October 6, 2018 ||September 7, 2018 ||September 26, 2018 |
|CHS, WHS |
|ACT ||October 27, 2018 ||September 28, 2018 ||September 29 - October 14, 2018 ||CHS, WHS |
|SAT ||November 3, 2018 ||October 5, 2018 ||October 24, 2018 ||CHS, WHS |
|SAT ||December 1, 2018 ||November 2, 2018 ||November 20, 2018 |
|CHS, WHS |
|ACT ||December 8, 2018 |
|November 2, 2018 |
|November 3-19, 2018 |
|CHS, FHS |
|ACT ||February 9, 2019 ||January 11, 2019 ||January 12-18, 2019 ||CHS, WHS |
|SAT ||March 9, 2019 |
|February 8, 2019 |
|February 27, 2019 |
|ACT ||April 13, 2019 |
|March 8, 2019 |
|March 9-25, 2019 |
|CHS, FHS |
| SAT ||May 4, 2019 |
|April 5, 2019 |
|April 24, 2019 |
|SAT ||June 1, 2019 |
|May 3, 2019 |
|May 22, 2019 |
|None in FISD |
|ACT ||June 8, 2019 |
|May 3, 2019 |
|May 4-20, 2019 |
|ACT || July 13, 2018 || June 14, 2019 || June 15-24, 2019 || None in FISD |
Fees and School Codes
View the ACT/SAT fees and FISD School Codes
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.
Information for assisting students in choosing suitable occupations.
Benefits of a Community College
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Student loan comparison tool to help students and their families make informed borrowing decisions.
Low interest loans offered by the federal government.
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
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
Utilizing your high school counselors to help plan your college experience.
Admission Testing Calendars
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 Search Sites
Search colleges by type, location, and cost, with direct links to college websites
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.
Choosing a College