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October 15 is Colorado Free Application Day.

For the second year in a row, the Colorado Department of Higher Education has teamed up with colleges and universities across Colorado to waive college application fees for all Colorado students. This year’s opportunity is Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. 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. Last year, 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 Oct. 15 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 Oct. 15. As long as you submit your online application on Oct. 15, your support documents can be submitted anytime before or after.

Application instructions

  • If you are applying using the Common Application (for freshman/first-year applicants only):
    Within the CSU Questions section, 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 Oct. 15, 2019.
  • If you are applying using the CSU Application (open to all applicants):
    No special steps are necessary for Colorado residents to qualify for Colorado Free Application Day; your fee will be waived automatically when you submit your application on Oct. 15, 2019.

What’s the difference between these applications? Learn more and find out which is best for you.

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