How does Colorado Free App Day work?

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If you’re a Colorado student – or the parent or guardian of one – you can apply to Colorado State University for free (hello, $50!) on Oct. 15, 2019 as part of Colorado Free Application Day.

The best part? It’s really simple. So simple, in fact, that you may not even realize we’ve waived your application fee.

Colorado Free App DayStep 1

Know which application you’re using. For freshman/first-year applicants, CSU accepts the Common Application and the CSU Application. The applications are very similar, but the Common Application allows you to apply to any and all Common App colleges/universities at one time while the CSU Application is for CSU only. Learn more about the difference between these applications.

If you’re a transfer applicant, you’ll use the CSU Application.

Step 2

Fill out the application as directed. Completing your application online typically takes 30-45 minutes, not including the time you spend crafting your personal statement, aka, essay (freshmen only). Use our detailed application guides to help you through the process.

Step 3

If you’re using the CSU Application, no special steps are needed! Your fee will be waived automatically when you submit your application on Oct. 15.

If you’re using the Common App, choose “Colorado Free Application Day” in the dropdown of the question: “Are you eligible for a CSU application fee waiver through one (or more) of the following affiliations?”

Step 4

Smile that you’ve just completed another step on your journey to become a Ram – and saved yourself $50 in the process!

Have questions about your application?

We encourage you to reach out to your counselor with questions during the application process.


Cassie Eliasson

Cassie loves helping students and families find their way to CSU. She especially loves sharing their excitement when they become Ramily.