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This month, states all over the U.S. are sponsoring free College Application Month events where students and families can get help with the application process. The goal is to increase the number of students applying to college. With the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) now available on Oct. 1, many states are holding free financial aid workshops at the same time.
As part of these events, many states are offering an opportunity to apply for free to in-state schools. This can mean a big savings to your family in application fees.
Alabama Free College Application Week: Oct. 30–Nov. 3
In Colorado, high school seniors can apply for free to 32 of the state's public colleges and universities on Oct. 30.
Delaware College Application month is October 15–November 16.
Idaho College Application Week: October 22–26
Illinois College Changes Everything Month
Maryland College Application Campaign runs through Oct. 26.
Michigan College Month
Minnesota College Knowledge Month
Mississippi College Application Month
Nevada College Application Month
New York College Application Week: Oct. 22–26
North Carolina College Application Week: Oct. 15–19
Ohio College Application Month runs Oct. 1–Nov. 15.
Oregon College Application Week
South Dakota College Application Week: Oct. 29–Nov. 2
Virginia College Application Week: Nov. 12–16
Washington, DC College Application & Exploration events will take place in November.
West Virginia College Application & Exploration Week: Nov. 5–9
Don’t see your state? Call your student's high school to ask if they will host an event or if there is one at another high school in your area. You can also visit the website for the American College Application Campaign — part of the American Council on Education — or Google your state’s department of education to see if there will be free events in your area.