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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!


Featured Websites

Other Websites

Database of Online Colleges
Comprehensive and unbiased list of every accredited online colleges and universities.

100 Best Value Colleges

Highlights the latest research from The Princeton Review, featuring a comprehensivelist of 50 private and 50 public four-year colleges and universities for students and parents searching for the most affordable, yet high-quality, education.

Texas College and Career Website

Keep track of your high school courses and credits- be sure you have what you need to graduate. Organize your test scores, awards/ honors, and personal interest. Manage and track your applications online and research/apply for 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 1-(855) 446-2673.

Family Connection

Excellent source for college, scholarship searches and career investigation. Contact your school counselor for login information.

Centennial HS Family Connection Site

Frisco HS Family Connection Site

Heritage HS Family Connection Site

Liberty HS Family Connection Site

Lone Star HS Family Connection Site

Wakeland HS Family Connection Site


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

College Board’s College & Career Planning

ACT Career Planning Tips
16 Career Clusters
Exploring Career Clusters (Glencoe)
Steps in Researching Occupations

Career Interest Survey

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

career options.
Career Selection and Planning Guide
Texas Workforce Commission Career Information
Occupation Interest Survey
College Board Career Study
University of North Carolina Career Information


State-legislated program designed to improve student success in college.
Texas Success Initiative (UT Austin)

Vocational Counseling

Information for assisting students in choosing suitable occupations.
US Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook
Career and Technical Education Web Resources

Benefits of a Community College
Considering 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. 


A Grade-by-Grade Checklist

A checklist for Students

Basic College Vocabulary
Common terms used by many institutions

of higher learning.
Glossary of College Terms (UNT)
College Prep Glossary
College Survival Vocabulary

College entrance exam published by

American College Testing that measures a student's ability in math, verbal comprehension and problem solving.
American College Testing Test Prep

College Requirements
General College Admission Requirements

PSAT is a preliminary standardized test, a shorter version of the SAT, which can

determine eligibility for academic scholarships.
Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

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.
Advanced Placement Courses Information

Readi Step

An eighth-grade assessment that provides early feedback — and helps put students on an early path to college success. Developed by College Board professionals in partnership

with middle school teachers and other education experts, ReadiStep helps identify

the skills students need to develop, and identifies students who are ready for more challenging course work.

4-Year Plan
A student’s written high school plan of academic courses.
Academic Planning (US Dept. of Education)
College Board High School Planning Worksheet
College Prep Timeline
ACT College Planning Checklist

Senior Year Plans
College Planning Calendar for Seniors

Middle School Guidance
Middle School Timeline
ACT College Readiness Test (Explore)

Grade Point Average—a numerical value assigned to your scholastic record.
Calculate Your GPA
Grade Point Average Calculator

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
English proficiency test for non-native speakers.
Education Testing Service TOEFL Information

Dual Enrollment (Concurrent) Opportunities
Qualified students may be enrolled concurrently with an FISD high school and Collin County Community College. Students in dual credit classes will earn both high school and college credit. Admission requirements include successful completion of the THEA test or proof of exemption from THEA. 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
Building Your Educational Future
Why Go to College?
Getting Ready for College Early
Preparing for College
Texas Scholars Interactive Guide
Students’ Rights & Responsibilities in

the College Admission Process
Getting Ready for College

Efficient use of time and importance of

meeting personal and college admission

Personal Time Management Tool
High School Timeline
Time Management Tips For High School Students

Academic Competitions
Opportunities for students to extend the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their curriculum subject matter.
Official UIL Calendar
Texas Academic Competitions


Parental Expectations and Support
College Planning Advice for Parents
20 Ways to Stay Involved in Your Child's Education
Common Questions from Parents and Applicants
Talking with Parents and Family
10 Steps to Prepare Your Kids for College

Student Organizations & Clubs
Importance of non-academic activities in the college admissions process.
Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular Advantages

College Searches & Visits
College Visits
College Searches

Special Information for Athletes

Good Work Habits
Essential Skills Sets




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
Saving Money for College
Student Aid Chart for Undergraduates
Cash for College

Financial Aid Resources (National Association of College Admission Counseling)
Texas Financial Aid Programs
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Understanding College Costs
Average College Prices
Award Analyzer
Federal Student Aid
US Government Comprehensive Student Finance Guide

Tuition Tools
Student loan comparison tool to help

students and their families make informed borrowing decisions.
Simple Tuition

Financial Terms
Glossary of Terms (US Dept. of Education)
Financial Glossary (U of North Texas)

Tuition Calculators
Student Loan Calculator
College Financing Calculators
4 Calculators for College Costs
Interactive Savings Plan Calculators

Student Loans
Low interest loans offered by the federal government.
Applying for Federal Student Aid
Financial Aid Publications (US Dept. of Education)
College Board Student Loan Calculator
Financial Aid Forecasting Tool
Selecting a Financial Aid Package
Understand the Loan Process

Military Scholarships
Higher education funds available to ROTC students and current military dependents
Military Financial Benefits
Financial Aid for Military Careers
Military Financial Aid Options & Explanations
Texas Military and Veterans College Opportunities
Hazlewood Exemption for Veterans and 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.
Scholarship Awards Database
National Merit Scholarship Programs PSAT/NMSQT Scholarship Qualifying Test
Texas Health Career Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Scholarships
Athletic Scholarship Questionnaire
Avoiding Scholarship Scams
NAACP Scholarship Information Packet

My College Dollars

US Government Resourses
Official government websites designed for students and families
Income Based Repayment Plan for Federal Loans

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.
Texas Tomorrow's College Investment Plan
529 College Savings Plans
Student College Savings Guide

Monetary aid for higher education that does not have to be repaid
Federal Education Grant Program
Federal Pell Grant
Texas Grant Program

Work-Study Programs
Jobs (on or off campus) provided by the federal government for eligible college students with financial need.
Federal Work-Study Program

Parent Information
Financial advice from National Association for College Admission Counseling
7 Easy Steps in Applying for Financial Aid





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
The College Admissions Process
College for Texans
College Admissions Guide
Advice for Taking Entrance Exams
College Match Quiz
College Admissions Process

Admission Factors
College Requirements
College Application Requirements

Admissions Terms
Glossary of Admission Terms
Admission Terms You Should Know

Utilizing your high school counselors to

help plan your college experience.
20 Questions to Ask Your Counselor
Advice for Counselors

Admission Testing Calendars
SAT Tests, PSAT/NMSQT, AP, & CLEP Testing Schedule
2009–2010 ACT Test Dates

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.
Early Decision, Early Action
Early Admission Timeline

College Timeline
College Application Calendar (College Board)
College Application Timetable (U of North Texas)

College Essays
Writing College Essays

College Applications
Texas Common Application
Common College Application

Submitting Applications

College Search Sites
Search colleges by type, location, and cost, with direct links to college websites
Finding the Right College .
America's Best Colleges (2009)
Researching Colleges
US Universities by State
College Search by Name or Description
Top Hispanic Colleges
ACT College Search
Find a College (College Board)

Common Application Colleges and Universities
College Search by State or School

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 Visits
College Visits: A Planning Checklist
Preparing for Campus Visits

College Interviews
Practicing for Your Interview
12 College Interview Questions

Choosing a College
How to Choose a College
Discover Your Perfect College Fit
How to Select Colleges
Find the Right Colleges for You
College Matchmaker

Community College
6 Benefits of Community Colleges
Community College Finder

NCAA Clearinghouse
Information for prospective student-athletes intending to enroll in an NCAA Division I or II college
National Collegiate Athletic Association

Activities Resume
Resume Writing 101