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Colorado Free App Day was October 13, 2020. Colorado Free App Day for 2021 has not yet been announced.

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 Colorado students on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. That means if you submit your application any time that day, 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.

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 — first-year freshmen students, transfer students, second bachelor’s students, and undocumented students — qualify for Colorado Free Application Day.

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

How does it work?

To take advantage of this opportunity, we recommend having your application materials prepared before October 13. As long as you submit your online application and your personal statement (if required) on October 13, 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 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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Submit the Common Application to be considered for freshmen/first-year admission.



Submit the CSU Application to be considered for transfer admission.