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At Colorado State University, Colorado Free Application Days are in October. Dates for 2022 have not yet been announced.

What are Colorado Free Application Days?

The Colorado Department of Higher Education has teamed up with colleges and universities across Colorado to waive college application fees for Colorado students. That means if you submit your application any time those days (yet to be announced for 2022), you can apply for free!

Colorado Free Application Day was created to encourage Colorado’s best and brightest students to further their education in the state of Colorado. As a land-grant institution, CSU is committed to removing barriers to higher education, and this is a great opportunity to do just that.

How do I know if I qualify?

All Colorado residents — first-year freshmen applicants, transfer applicants, second bachelor’s applicants, and undocumented applicants — qualify for Colorado Free Application Days.

The free application is only available during Colorado Free Application Day, so you must submit your application then to receive the waiver.

How does it work?

To take advantage of this opportunity, we recommend having your application materials prepared before Colorado Free Application Days. As long as you submit your online application and your personal statement (if required) on Colorado Free Application Day, other documents can be submitted anytime afterward.

For freshman/first-year applicants:

  • Within the CSU Questions section on the Common Application, you’ll see this question: “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 Colorado Free Application Day.

For transfer and second bachelor’s students:

No special steps are necessary in the CSU Application. Your fee will be waived automatically when you submit your application on Colorado Free Application Day.

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Submit the Common Application to be considered for freshmen/first-year admission.



Submit the CSU Application to be considered for transfer or second bachelor’s admission.