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UNC to Waive Application Fees on Colorado Free Application Day

2020 Free App Day flier

October 2, 2020

The University of Northern Colorado is waiving application fees for undergraduate applicants submitted by Colorado residents on Tuesday, Oct. 13, as part of the third annual Colorado Free Application Day.

Colorado Free Application Day encourages high-school seniors to successfully apply to a higher-education program and file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All 32 public universities and several private colleges in Colorado are taking part in this year’s Free App 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. 

Governor Jared Polis' announcement for Free Application Day:

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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% of high school graduates to a college, university or certificate program and just 50% of students submit a FAFSA application — a key indicator of students’ likelihood to continue their education., according to the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Interested Colorado students must submit a completed admissions application between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. on Oct. 13 only. Please read UNC’s fee waiver process below:

  • Common Application: Within UNC’s Member Questions section, answer these two questions like this:
    • Do you intend to use one of these school-specific fee waivers? Answer: Yes
    • Please provide your University of Northern Colorado fee waiver code here. Answer: freeappday
  • Bear App: There is nothing you need to do. Simply submit the application on Oct. 13, 2020, and the fee will automatically be waived for Colorado residents.

Snapshot of Last Year's Free App Day

  • The second-ever Colorado Free App Day occurred on Oct. 15, 2019, with 45,413 total applications submitted from Colorado residents
  • All public colleges and universities and several private institutions in the state waived application fees that day
  • UNC ranked the third-highest in receiving application at 5,949
  • 47% identified as a student of color
  • 45% identified as first-generation
  • 65% identified as female and 35% identified as male