How do Colorado Free App Days work?

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If you’re a Colorado resident, you can apply to Colorado State University for free (hello, $50!) as part of Colorado Free Application Days, October 17-23, 2023. All Colorado applicants — first-year freshmen applicants, transfer applicants, second bachelor’s applicants, and undocumented applicants — qualify for Colorado Free Application Days.

The best part? It’s really simple. So simple, in fact, that you may not even realize we’ve waived your application fee.

Step 1

Fill out the application as directed. Completing your application online typically takes 30-45 minutes, not including the time you spend crafting your personal statement, aka, essay (freshmen only). Use our detailed application guides to help you through the process.

Please note: You only need to submit your application and personal statement to be eligible for the application fee waiver. Any other materials (like transcripts) can be submitted at a later date.

Step 2

Freshmen applicants: On the Common App, choose “Colorado Free Application Day” in the dropdown of the question: “Are you eligible for a CSU application fee waiver through one of the following affiliations?” Your fee then will be waived when you submit your application during Colorado Free Application Days.

Transfer and Second Bachelor’s applicants: On the CSU Application, no special steps are needed! Your fee will be waived automatically when you submit your application during Colorado Free Application Days.

Step 3

Smile that you’ve just completed another step on your journey to become a Ram – and saved yourself $50 in the process!


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



Submit the CSU Application to be considered for transfer admission.