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Colorado Free Application Days kick off Tuesday

Posted at 7:15 AM, Oct 17, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS — Heads up students looking to go to college or further their education. Today kicks off Colorado Free Application Days. From Oct. 17 through Oct. 19, all 32 state colleges, universities, and some private institutions waived application fees.

 A recent survey done by Hanover Researchfound that 34 percent of prospective students say financial reasons keep them from enrolling. That is why this week is so helpful for prospective students. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs says they expect to see at least 5,000 applications this week because of the application waiver. That’s about a third of what the school takes in yearly. Taking away the barrier of an application fee opens up more opportunities for students.

 “I think they love applying to multiple schools to see a place that might not have been a possibility for them, and all of sudden it’s like, “Well, it’s free, I might as well.” And then see what happens because what we really want is to get students through that process so they can start seeing “What’s the financial aid package looking like,” said Chris Beiswanger, U-C-C-S director of admissions.

“I think this little thing taken away says “Well, if I don’t go, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t cost me anything, so I might as well try and just see what happens. And I think it really takes a little bit of pressure off long-term,” said Beiswanger.

 Chris says more students are waiting to go to college because they are unsure about what they want to do. He says U-C-C-S is seeing more gap years, where students take time off after high school before going to college. According to the Gap Year Association, about 130,000 students took a gap year in 2020.

Chris says colleges like U-C-C-S have started to plan recruiting events around this week. That’s because more students are waiting to apply during this week, versus previous years.
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