Colorado Free Application Day was October 13, 2020!

Colorado Free Application Day Results:

All 32 state colleges and universities and several private institutions waived admission application fees for Colorado residents on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 as part of the third annual Colorado Free Application Day. A quick summary of the day can be found here, and additional details are included in this press release. Free Application Day success data cited in these resources include:

  • 56,896 total applications submitted
  • Over $2.3 million in application fee savings
  • 44% were submitted by students of color
  • Almost 30% were submitted by first-generation students

Many individuals contributed to making this initiative a success, but a special thank you to all the high school counselors and front line staff in the college admission offices across the state for your hard work on this program!

We look forward to our fourth annual Free Application Day in October 2021! Date to be announced in the summer. Below is promotional information regarding the 2020 event.

Governor Polis Announcement for Free Application Day:

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Watch: Executive Director, Dr. Angie Paccione announce Free App Day 

View results for free application day 2020 - thank you to all who participated and helped make the day a success!

Why do we have Free Application Day?

To inspire more Coloradans to continue their education, all 32 public colleges and universities in Colorado and several private institutions will allow students to apply for free on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 as part of the third Colorado Free Application Day.

Colorado Free Application Day caps off Colorado Applies Month, a five-week campaign that guides 11th- and 12-grade students and adult job seekers along the application process. 

The statewide push is designed to increase Colorado’s stagnant college-going and FAFSA completion rates. Despite being one of the most educated states in the country, Colorado sends just 56 percent of high school graduates to a college, university or certificate program, and just 50 percent of students submit a FAFSA application—a key indicator of students’ likelihood to continue their education.  

By removing barriers for students to achieve a credential, Colorado can increase the number of students who complete their programs and enter the workforce with a degree or competitive skills. Nearly 75 percent of Colorado jobs require a postsecondary credential. Colorado Free Application Day encourages residents to live up to their fullest potential.  

"Test-optional" for Class of 2021

The high school graduating class of 2021 will also have the option to include or not include their SAT or ACT scores with their college applications as Colorado colleges have implemented a “test-optional” policy making the college application process even easier for students this year. To learn more about the test-optional policy click here

Who is Eligible to Participate in Free Application Day?

All residents of Colorado who are applying for undergraduate programs at participating Colorado colleges and universities are eligible to submit their admission application for free on October 13, 2020. Undergraduate programs include undegraduate level certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees. First-time freshmen, transfer students, returning students, and applicants seeking a 2nd bachelor degree are all eligible. Applicants for graduate level programs are not eligible.

>Application Instructions<

Select the above link to find application fee waiver instructions for each participating college and university in Colorado.

The actual admission application must be submitted on October 13th to be eligible for the fee waiver. However, applicants can and are encouraged to begin filling out the application before October 13th - the application just needs to be submitted on this date.

If the college/university has additional application documents required as part of the application process (for example, high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) they can be submitted before or after October 13th.

Free college transcripts offered at some community colleges

Colorado community colleges never charge to apply for admission, but to take part in Free Application Day, some community colleges are offering free college transcripts! Some of those participating are offering them free for the entire month of October. Visit the community college website to see if the community college you are attending is offering this benefit. 

Helping you reach higher 
My Colorado Journey has resources that help you discover your talents and interests, find a matching education or training program and successfully submit an application. 

What's next? 
After you apply, it's important to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is your ticket to grants, scholarships and work study positions that can put college in reach. Learn how you can get your piece of the pie!