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STATEWIDE–Next week is National College Application Week and 15 Indiana colleges are participating. 

That means applying to those colleges is free. It is the first year the free-application period has been extended a full week. Previously it was just one day.

“What we’re hoping with this additional week is that it’s going to be even more flexible for students, schools, and partners to be able to really take advantage of the ability to apply for free to these colleges,” said Charlie Beasor, Communications Director of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.  

Beasor it removes barriers by making it easier for high school students to apply for the chance to go to college.  

Almost 100 high schools across the state will host events during this week to help student navigate the admission process. Beasor understands that applying for college can be a stressful time for parents and students, but she has some advice you can follow. 

“The first thing for everyone to do is file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  It is the way for people to see if they are eligible for state aid. Number two is to be sure and work with your admission departments. They are very helpful, very knowledgeable, and they are there to help. Not only your high school guidance counselors, but also the admission departments of whatever colleges you’re applying to,” Beasor said. 

High school seniors can apply to the following schools for free between Sept. 23-27:

  • Goshen College
  • Huntington University
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University East
  • Indiana University Fort Wayne
  • Indiana University Kokomo
  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Indiana University Southeast
  • IUPUI – Columbus
  • Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Vincennes University
  • Wabash College  

Another 17 colleges across Indiana give free applications year-round. National College Application Week started in 2004. Indiana started honoring it in 2009. 

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