Colleges and universities to participate in Colorado Free Application Days


Gov. Jared Polis’ office

To  encourage  more Coloradans to continue their education,  Gov. Jared Polis  announced  that  all 32 public colleges and universities in Colorado, as well as several private institutions, will allow students to apply for free from Tuesday, Oct. 19, through Thursday, Oct. 21, as part of  the  fourth  annual  Colorado Free Application Days.  

“Earning a certificate or degree gives Coloradans the best opportunity to thrive in the profession of their choice,” said Polis. “Colorado is building back stronger and by eliminating this cost barrier, more Coloradans will have the opportunity to pursue those dreams. We need homegrown Colorado talent and bold ideas to make Colorado better than ever.”   

The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) has posted admissions application and fee waiver information in English and Spanish for each participating college and university. The period caps off Colorado Applies Month, a five-week, statewide campaign that encourages high school juniors, seniors  and adults to  select  an education or training option that’s best for them and apply to that program. This year the program has been extended from one day to three days. 

The statewide push is designed to increase Colorado’s postsecondary-going and Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  completion rates. Despite being one of the most educated states in the country,  Colorado sends 56 percent  of  its  high school seniors to a college, university or certificate program, and  roughly 50 percent  of students submit a FAFSA application — a major source of financial aid and a key indicator of student success.   

For more information, visit the  Colorado Free Application Day  and  Colorado Applies  Month Web pages: and