Minnesota State Week, College Knowledge Month Offer Opportunity to Apply for Free

Posted: September 20, 2021

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@MinnState.edu, 651-201-1426

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 20, 2021 – Students considering their higher education options can apply for admission to any of the 30 colleges and seven universities of Minnesota State without paying an undergraduate application fee for all or part of October as part of Minnesota State Week and College Knowledge Month promotions. 

“With more than 3,800 extraordinary academic programs delivered in-person, online, or in hybrid mode, our colleges and universities offer the most affordable and accessible higher education options in the state,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “We are very pleased to extend this offer and encourage students to take the next step towards their higher education goals.” 

Minnesota State Week is a promotion intended to drive student awareness and virtual and in-person campus visits, as appropriate. This year, Minnesota State Week is October 25 – 31. This timing immediately follows the K-12 MEA break – this is an outstanding time to take advantage of the many admissions events happening at the colleges and universities in mid-October and learn about available grants and scholarships, including Workforce Development Scholarships for students entering any of several high-demand careers. 

College Knowledge Month is a statewide college application initiative that occurs annually during the month of October. The goal is to provide graduating high school seniors, especially underrepresented students, with the support needed to apply for college. 

The colleges and universities of Minnesota State will celebrate these initiatives by waiving the undergraduate application fee students often pay when they apply for admission for all or part of October, depending on the school. Applications may be completed online or by contacting the college or university being considered. With the Minnesota State online application, students can apply to one or several Minnesota State colleges or universities by completing the application once.

Most Minnesota State colleges and universities are waiving undergraduate application fees for the full month of October. Some, denoted in the list below with an asterisk, are waiving fees from Oct. 25 – 31 only. Colleges and universities that never charge an undergraduate application fee are denoted in the list below with two asterisks. Application fees for qualified low-income students and active duty military service members deployed overseas can always be waived at every Minnesota State college and university.

If prompted for a promo code, applicants should use “CKM2021.” 

For more information, contact any of the Minnesota State colleges or universities, or visit www.minnstate.edu/minnstatewk. 

Alexandria Technical and Community College
Anoka Technical College**
Anoka-Ramsey Community College**
Central Lakes College**
Century College
Dakota County Technical College*
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Hennepin Technical College
Hibbing Community College
Inver Hills Community College*
Itasca Community College
Lake Superior College**
Mesabi Range College
Minneapolis College
Minnesota State College Southeast
Minnesota State Community and Technical College**
Minnesota West Community and Technical College**
Normandale Community College
North Hennepin Community College
Northland Community and Technical College**
Northwest Technical College
Pine Technical and Community College**
Rainy River Community College
Ridgewater College**
Riverland Community College**
Rochester Community and Technical College**
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Saint Paul College**
South Central College**
Vermilion Community College 

Bemidji State University
Metropolitan State University**
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Southwest Minnesota State University
St. Cloud State University**
Winona State University 

* Colleges and universities waiving fees for week of Oct. 25 to 31
** Colleges and universities that never charge an undergraduate application fee 

During the COVID pandemic, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State are aggressively implementing multiple strategies to mitigate the risk of transmission and protect health and safety. Additional information is available from the COVID page of the Minnesota State website or the website of each of the Minnesota State colleges and universities. 


Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 340,000 students. It is the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.