College Application Info for October 2022

Colorado Free Application Day$: October 18-20, 2022

All Colorado residents who are applying for undergraduate programs at participating private Colorado colleges and universities are eligible to submit their admission applications for free on October 18-20, 2022.

  • Begin filling out your applications NOW so you are prepared to submit during Free Application Day$. You can save your work online! 
  • Note: If the college/university has additional application documents required as part of the application process (for example, high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) they can be submitted before or after Free Application Day$. 
  • Click here to view instructions on how to apply for admission for free during Free Application Day$.
  • It is always free to apply to Colorado’s community and area technical colleges – they never charge to apply for admission! 
  • Official Website:

Common Application

Colleges and universities will either have an application process specific to their school which you will find on their website, but many also use the Common Application.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)   

  • Every year (starting October 1st) – you are able to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • FAFSA is your ticket to grants, scholarships, and work-study positions that can put college in reach. 
  • It is important for you and your family to fill out the FAFSA in order to be eligible for financial aid at colleges and universities.
  • In 2021, 57% of students didn’t finish the form that qualifies them for federal financial assistance. It’s estimated that last year Colorado students left $30 million in financial aid unclaimed! (source)

Apply for Financial Aid Now!

State of Colorado College Opportunity Fund (COF)

Planning to attend college in public or private colleges in the State of Colorado? Apply for the College Opportunity Fund (COF).  

  • The COF was created by the Colorado Legislature to provide a stipend to eligible undergraduate students to pay a portion of their total in-state tuition when you attend a participating college or university.
  • The stipend is paid on a per credit hour basis directly to the college at which you are enrolled as an in-state undergraduate student.  
  • Check out the details and apply at

Colorado College Fairs 2022

There are many college fairs available for you to check out before making your final decisions on which colleges to apply to. Here are links to some:

Keep in mind when you are researching colleges… 

  • Check out the school’s website: when you are looking at the schools you are interested in, you can find a lot of information on their website. 
  • It is very important to pay attention to the College Application Deadlines.   
  • Look at the admission requirements, the “Cost to Attend,” and the academic area you are interested in. 
  • Go to that department’s web page and contact an admissions counselor with your questions.  

Other How To’s

  • Requesting a copy of your transcript to include with your applications. The link to request your transcripts can be found on our school web page (at the bottom) as well as using this link.
  • Requesting recommendation letters from your teachers:  Now is the time to request teacher recommendation letters for your applications. Teachers get many requests, so the earlier you submit your request the better in order to meet the college deadlines. Many teachers will communicate with you directly asking about your college plans and applications in order to make the letter as personal and specific as possible to help make your application stand out.  
  • Essays and supplemental materials: Essays required by the college applications give you the opportunity to share your experiences and personality. Be thoughtful about your topic choice, be sure it is something that you want the college to know about you. Always proofread your essay prior to submitting, and if you can ask someone else to proofread your essay as well.  
  • Supplemental information to be aware of when completing an application might be if the process requires an interview and how to schedule that interview. Some majors might require a portfolio or an audition. That information will be on the school’s website under your department of interest, and sometimes those submissions or auditions have different timing than the application.