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College Planning

Here you will find resources to assist you in applying to college, taking the ACT and/or SAT, and information related to scholarships and financial aid. 
Here is an online list of every Texas public college and university, with one click to see their deadlines, requirements, costs, etc:
If you would prefer a hard copy, see me or Mrs. Scott. There are only a few remaining.
Download and print this checklist for College Admissions and Financial Aid to help you and your senior stay on target!
To register for the ACT, create an online account at
To register for the SAT, create an online account at
The ACT costs $39.50 with no writing section, $56.50 with the writing section. Late fee is an additional $25.00.  Registration deadlines are 30 days prior to the date of the exam.  
The SAT costs $43.00 with no writing section, $54.50 with the writing section. Late fee is an additional $28.00.  Registration deadlines are 30 days prior to the date of the exam.  
Fee waivers are available from Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Scott. You qualify for a waiver if you receive free or reduced lunch.  You may receive one waiver each your junior and senior years for each test.  

The FHS school code for score reporting is 445767 for both tests.
The SAT is offered in Quinlan on October 7, 2017 and December 2, 2017 at Ford High School in the Commons.
If you require 504 or other accommodations for testing, please let your counselor know 60 days in advance of taking the test so proper arrangements can be made. 
IMPORTANT NEWS!  New Admission Essay Topics Released!
At its March 29, 2016 meeting, the Apply Texas Advisory Committee adopted a new set of essay prompts to be used with the Apply Texas Freshman applications for the 2017-18 academic year cycle that opens on August 1, 2016. This change will affect applications for Summer 2017- Spring 2018. We were asked to share this information now so that you help your junior class students plan and prepare.

A message with a link to the prompts has been added to the application site,

The new prompts are as follows:

Essay A: What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.
Essay B: Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students, then tell us about yourself.
Essay C: You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

On the College for all Texans website, there is a link to General Application Information for freshman applicants. The spreadsheet displays the 2016-7 academic year application instructions regarding essays for each participating university or health-related institution. (2-year colleges do not require essays.) The table can give you an idea of which institutions have required essays in the past. Final application instructions for the 2017-18 cycle will not be known and posted until late this summer.
If you have any questions, please contact the ApplyTexas help desk at
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