For today only all institutions of higher education in the state will be offering free applications. 

Until 11:59 p.m. today, October 15, 2019, colleges, technical schools, universities, and community colleges across the state will waive application fees.

The event was held last year, as well, and over 23,000 college-bound students took advantage of the free applications. The free application day was started as a way to encourage more students to apply for colleges and takes the financial stress of application fees away. This runs all day so even if you are just finding out about it, there's still time to get an application or two in.

Please check the Colorado Department of Education's (CDE) website here for detailed instructions on how to take advantage of the one-day-only opportunity. There are different admissions processes and codes for public and private institutions, as well as differences in two- and four-year schools.

Check out this video with Governor Jared Polis about the Colorado Free Application Day Program:

report in January 2019 revealed that 57 percent of Colorado high school graduates go on to attend college. The free application day initiative is part of the CDE's Colorado Applies Month, a statewide effort to encourage highs school seniors to apply to a higher education program.

Documents commonly needed for a college application include a photo ID and social security card, high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, immunization records, letters of recommendation, personal essays if needed, school-specific application forms, and financial aid information.

If you are a high school senior, or know one who's thinking about applying for college, please share this information with them ASAP! Sometimes, all it takes is one helping hand or bit of encouragement to take that next step for higher education, and there's no reason not to take advantage of the free application day opportunity.

Did you know about the Free Application Day in Colorado? Let us know in the comments below, and best of luck to all who apply for a new educational opportunity today!