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At Colorado State University, Colorado Free Application Days are October 19-25, 2021.

What are Colorado Free Application Days?

For the fourth 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. While many colleges will offer this benefit for a few days, Colorado State is extending free application days from October 19-25, 2021. That means if you submit your application any time those days, 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 applicants, transfer applicants second bachelor’s applicants, and undocumented applicants — qualify for Colorado Free Application Days.

The free application is only available October 19-25, 2021, so you must submit your application one of those days 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) October 19-25, 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 October 19-25, 2021.

For transfer students:

No special steps are necessary in the CSU Application. Your fee will be waived automatically when you submit your application October 19-25, 2021.

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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.