College Knowledge Month

College Knowledge Month (aka October) has arrived and for seniors that means one thing…it’s officially application season!  Although December 1 is usually the standard for when to have all your college applications completed there is no time like the present to get started.  Here’s two good reasons why:

  1. You are less likely to make mistakes if you take your time and avoid procrastination
  2. Many colleges and universities in Minnesota waive their application fee for part or all of the month.  That’s basically free money.

To save you the work of tracking down which schools are waiving their application fee I’ve compiled them here:

Private Schools:

Augsburg College – always free (online only)

Bethany Lutheran College – always free

Bethel University – always free

Carleton College – always free (online only)

College of Saint Benedict – always free

The College of St. Scholastica – Always free

Concordia College – always free (online only)

Concordia University, St. Paul – always free (online only)

Gustavus Adolphus College – always free

Hamline University – always free

Macalester College – free through November 15 (Fee waiver is granted when either Macalester’s Part 1 or the Common Application is submitted prior to November 15.); accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Minneapolis College of Art and Design – accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

St. Catherine University – always free

Saint John’s University – always free

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – always free (online only)

St. Olaf College – always free (online only)

University of St. Thomas – always free

University of Minnesota Schools

Crookston – accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Duluth – accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Morris – accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Rochester – accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Twin Cities – accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

MnSCU 2-Year Schools

Alexandria Technical & Community College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Anoka Technical College – always free (online only)

Anoka-Ramsey Community College – always free (online only)

Central Lakes College – always free (online only)

Century College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Dakota County Technical College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College – free October 26-30

Hennepin Technical College – always free (online only)

Hibbing Community College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Inver Hills Community College – always free (online only)

Itasca Community College – always free (online only)

Lake Superior College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Mesabi Range College – always free (online only)

Minneapolis Community and Technical College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Minnesota State Community & Technical College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Minnesota West Community & Technical College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Normandale Community College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

North Hennepin Community College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Northland Comunnity and Technical College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Northwest Technical College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Pine Technical & Community College – always free (online only)

Rainy River Community College -always free (online only)

Ridgewater Community College – free through October; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Riverland Community College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Rochester Community & Technical College – always free (online only)

St. Cloud Technical and Community College – free through October; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

South Central College – free October 26-30;accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Saint Paul College – always free (online only)

Vermillion Community College – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

MnSCU 4-Year Schools

Bemidji State University – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Metropolitan State University – always free (online only)

Minnesota State University, Mankato – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Minnesota State University, Moorhead – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Southwest Minnesota State University – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

St. Cloud State University – free through October; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Winona State University – free October 26-30; accepts the NACAC Fee Waiver year-round

Lots more information will be provided at the Senior Retreat on the college application process.  If you have any questions in the mean time, reach out to your Advisor.  That’s why we’re here!  Happy applying!!

*All Upward Bound students are eligible to use the NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling) Fee Waiver.  Click here for more information on the NACAC Waiver.

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