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Colorado Free App Day is October 13, 2020.

What is Colorado Free Application Day?

For the third year in a row, the Colorado Department of Higher Education is teaming up with colleges and universities across Colorado to waive college application fees for all Colorado students on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. That means if you submit your application between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. that day, you can apply for free to any public institution in Colorado and many private institutions as well.

Colorado Free Application Day was created to encourage Colorado’s best and brightest students to further their education in the state of Colorado. In 2018, Colorado students submitted almost 23,000 applications to Colorado colleges and universities for the state’s first free application day. As a land-grant institution, CSU is committed to removing barriers to higher education, and officials hope even more students take advantage of this year’s free application day.

In addition to submitting your application without a fee, Colorado transfer students may also be eligible for free community college transcript submissions throughout the month of October.

How do I know if I qualify?

All Colorado residents — freshmen, transfers and second bachelor’s candidates — qualify for Colorado Free Application Day. (We’re including Colorado undocumented students as well.)

The free application is available October 13, 2020, only. You must submit your online application that day to receive the waiver.

How does it work?

To take advantage of this opportunity, we recommend having all admissions application materials prepared and double-checked before October 13. As long as you submit your online application on October 13, your support documents can be submitted anytime before or after.

Application instructions

  • For freshman/first-year applicants:
    Within the CSU Questions section on the Common Application, you’ll see this required prompt: “Are you eligible for a CSU application fee waiver through one (or more) of the following affiliations?” Choose Colorado Free Application Day in the dropdown. No additional codes or actions are required as long as you submit your Common Application and CSU Questions on October 13, 2020.
  • For transfer students:
    No special steps are necessary in the CSU Application; your fee will be waived automatically when you submit your application on October 13, 2020.

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