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College and Career Planning

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!

There are things you can do each year of high school to help ensure that you are college ready.

Planning Resources


Xello is a program that is available to all Frisco ISD middle and high school students. This program offers comprehensive assistance from learning about one’s interests, skills, and personality, to college and career research tools. Frisco ISD students may access Xello by going the Student Portal.

Texas Oncourse

Texas Oncourse provides parents and students with a variety of tools and information for preparing for college and careers, including activities for middle schoolers and information about how Texas high school graduation plans may translate into careers.

Big Future

Big Future gives timely information and strategies for self assessment, college and career research, and applying to and paying for college.

Career Onestop

Career Onestop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers resources for career exploration, training/education, and job search.

Choosing a College

There are several criteria you may use to create a targeted list of potential colleges:

  • degrees/majors/minors

  • location (rural or urban setting)/distance from home

  • size of the student population (from small at 1,000 to large at 35,000+)

  • public vs. private

  • costs (tuition, room and board, etc.)/financial assistance

  • placement success/internship and co-op programs

  • faculty contact/classes taught by full-time doctorally qualified faculty/class size

  • quality/reputation/ranking

  • safety (campus, community)

  • student body (diversity, gender, etc.)

  • social life (Greek organizations, sports, school spirit, etc.)

  • housing options (dorms, apartments, living at home)

  • realistic entry expectations (based on typical student admitted)

For more help choosing a college that’s right for you, use Xello’s College Search Feature. Adapted from:

Making the Most of College Visits

There is no better way to research colleges than to see them for yourself! Visiting a campus gives you the opportunity to talk to students, faculty in potential majors, and to see if it “feels right!” See “Making the Most Out of College Visits” by Princeton Review:

Applying to College

See “Applying 101” by College Board’s Big Future - Some colleges may recommend supplemental materials to help support an application:

College Fairs

Frisco ISD hosts two college fairs with approximately 150 colleges: one in the fall for juniors and seniors and one in the spring for freshmen and sophomores. Information will be shared with families prior to the fairs.


Typically, students may take either the SAT or ACT as an entrance exam for college. It is recommended that students add the Writing portion of each test, as well. Be sure you are aware of deadlines for registering for the different administrations.

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

Financial Readiness

FAFSA - Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Completing the FAFSA Application is required for consideration for federal student aid, but many colleges require the completion of FAFSA for scholarship consideration, as well. FAFSA opens every year on October 1 for aid for students’ next year of college.


Frisco ISD students may access scholarships by going through the student portal and clicking on the Scholarships Opportunities Tile.

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