Free Application Opportunities

The list of colleges waiving application fees during October

2021-2022 Free Application Opportunities at Minnesota Colleges and Universities

As Minnesota high school students think about applying to college, application fees should not be a barrier. There are many opportunities for students to apply to Minnesota institutions for free.

Download the complete list of where - and when - students can apply to Minnesota postsecondary institutions without a fee during 2021 College Knowledge Month and throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

This list is updated each May for the upcoming school year.

For all students

  • Many colleges never charge an application fee; sometimes this offer is limited to applications submitted online.

  • Many colleges waive the application fee during College Knowledge Month (October), for either the whole month or for a week. Some institutions use promo codes for their applications during this time.

For students from low-income families

Application fees will be waived throughout the year for low-income students at any institutions or campuses that are part of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota State or the Minnesota Private College Council. High school counselors and college admission staff can help a student make these arrangements. Visit the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) website for eligibility information and the fee waiver form.