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Apply to college for free throughout October

Students and instructor in IT lab

Brooklyn Park, September 28, 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.

Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is among the colleges with free admission throughout October. Use promo code, MNSTWEEK when applying at HTC. For all other colleges and universities applicants should use promo code CKM2021.

“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.

For more information, contact any of the Minnesota State colleges or universities, or visit


  • 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

About Hennepin Technical College
Founded in 1972, Hennepin Technical College is the largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota. With campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, the college has a diverse student population and offers degree and non-degree courses in over 45 programs. HTC is a member of Minnesota State, which includes 30 colleges and seven state universities.

Last updated by mdibba : 2022-10-17 02:21:58