Thank you for your interest in Colorado Free Application Day! Here's what you need to know before you apply to a Colorado institution. 

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When is Colorado Free Application Day?

Colorado Free Application Day takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 only. All public and some private institutions will waive application fees from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on that day only.

 

How does it work?

You must submit a completed admissions application between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2018 only. Any admissions applications that have been started but not submitted may not be granted a waiver.

Each institution will have a unique process to waive the admissions application submission fee. Visit the Colorado Free Application Day webpage to find specific information by institution.

To take advantage of Colorado Free Application Day, it’s best to have all admissions application materials prepared, double-checked and reviewed before Oct. 30. That way, you can submit a high-quality, complete application and improve your chances of getting accepted.

 

Who should I contact if I have questions or technical difficulties?

If you encounter any technical problems when submitting your admissions application, please contact the Admissions Office of your school of choice. Their contact information will be listed on their website, which you can find on our Colorado Free Application Day webpage.

 

Why should I apply on Oct. 30?

Colorado’s changing economy demands more education and training. Studies show that by 2020, nearly three in four jobs in Colorado will require a certificate or degree. To set yourself up for success, it’s important to reach higher and find a path that suits your unique talents and interests.

Higher education is not just good for our state—it’s good for you, too! Graduates of higher education programs are more likely to be employed, earn more money over their lifetime and lead healthier lives.

 

What academic term should I apply for?

If you are submitting an admissions application to one of Colorado’s community colleges and technical schools, you are welcome to apply for Spring or Fall 2019. If you’re applying to a four-year college or university, you should apply for Fall 2019.

 

I’m a transfer student. Can I apply on Oct. 30 and receive the fee waiver?

Yes! Colorado Free Application Day is open to all Colorado residents.

 

I'm a prospective graduate student. Can I apply on Oct. 30 and receive the fee waiver?

Because Colorado Free Application Day is geared toward high school seniors and first-time undergraduate students, we've only posted information for institutions' associate and bachelor's degree programs; however, several institutions are waiving admissions applications fees for graduate programs on Oct. 30. Please call the graduate admissions office of your institution of interest to learn more. 

 

What if I’m not ready to submit my application by Oct. 30?

To take advantage of Colorado Free Application Day, it’s best to have all admissions application materials prepared, double-checked and reviewed before Oct. 30. That way, you can submit a high-quality, complete admissions application and improve your chances of being accepted.

If you do not feel prepared to apply on Oct. 30, that’s okay! You should wait until you have a complete, high-quality admissions application ready to submit.

If you have trouble paying the admissions application fee, call or email the Admissions Office of your institution of choice; most institutions will waive admissions application fees in cases of financial hardship.

 

What if I apply before Oct. 30?

The waiver is valid for admissions applications submitted on Oct. 30 only. Any admissions applications submitted before Oct. 30 will not be granted an automatic admissions application waiver.

If you want to apply before Colorado Free Application Day and have trouble paying the admissions application fee, call or email the Admissions Office of your institution of choice. Most institutions will waive admissions application fees in cases of financial hardship.

 

What if I miss the Oct. 30 deadline?

The waiver is valid for admissions applications submitted on Oct. 30 only. Any admissions applications submitted after Oct. 30 will not be granted an automatic application waiver.

If you missed Colorado Free Application Day and have trouble paying the application fee, call or email the Admissions Office of your institution of choice. Most institutions will waive admissions application fees in cases of financial hardship.

 

How do I get my application ready?

The steps you need to take depend on for which program you intend to apply:

  • If you are a high school graduate, you will likely be admitted to community colleges and technical schools automatically.
  • If you have your sights set on a four-year college or university, you will likely need to submit additional materials and information, including your SAT or ACT scores, a personal essay and letters of recommendation.

To learn more about the steps for your specific application, visit the Week 4 webpage of the College Application Month website.

 

To inspire more Coloradans to continue their education, all 32 public colleges and universities in Colorado­ and several private institutions allowed students to apply for free on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 as part of the inaugural Colorado Free Application Day.

Did you apply on Colorado Free Application Day? Fill out this quick survey and let us know where!

Colorado Free Application Day caps off College Application Month, a six-week, statewide campaign that encourages high school seniors to successfully submit an application to a higher education program and file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

Did you miss Colorado Free Application Day? 

The fee waiver is valid for admissions applications submitted on Oct. 30 only. Any admissions applications submitted after Oct. 30 will not be granted an automatic application waiver.

If you missed Colorado Free Application Day and have trouble paying the application fee, call or email the Admissions Office of your institution of choice. Most institutions will waive admissions application fees in cases of financial hardship.

 

To help you plan and execute College Application Month programming, please join us for the following webinars this fall. 

 

Using the CAM ICAP

In this webinar, we will teach you how to set up the CAM ICAP and how to deploy it. . 

Missed the webinar? Watch the recording here

 

Possibilities to Programs: Using the School Finder and Colorado Training Providers Tools

In this webinar, we wil review two powerful online tools that help students match their career interests to a program that fits their needs. 

Missed the webinar? Watch the recording here

 

Admissions Policy and Graduation Guidelines

In this webinar, we will discuss changes to the statewide admissions policy and graduation guidelines and how that affects your higher education and career programming. 

Missed the webinar? We will post the recording here. 

 

FAFSA Support Hotline

This live webinar is designed to help individuals understand FSA ID and FAFSA completion and answer  related questions.  There will be a brief presentation about the FAFSA process and a Q&A opportunity. 

Missed the webinar? We will post the recording here. 

 

 

 

This step-by-step guide will teach you how to run tracking reports each week as your students use the CAM ICAP. Running these reports will be a quick way to see which students should receive a stamp on their Passport as well as take a look at the quality of their work in their ICAP and portfolio.

STEP 1: Go to procenter.collegeincolorado.org and sign in to your Professional Account.

  • Click the Reports tab, and then Create a New Report.
  • Choose the ICAP Tracking Report

ICAP Tracking Report

Step 2: The Choose Criteria page will help you define your report parameters. For this particular report, you want to see student work for each week of CAM. The CAM ICAP is designed with seven pages: one for each week, plus a follow up week called Up Next. To run a weekly tracking report, complete the following each week:

From the Choose ICAP Set drop down list, select your CAM ICAP name

From the Choose Page dropdown list, select Week 1.

Week 1 ICAP Reports

Depending on whether you created a group of your 12th-graders or assigned the CAM ICAP to a grade level (see Using the CAM ICAP Template), you will see to which set of students the page is assigned. You may also want to use other filters such as sex or ethnicity.

Click Continue. Decide whether or not you want to display graphs.

Click Create Report.

Create Report

The report will display.

 

LOOK AT THE QUALITY OF STUDENT WORK IN THEIR PORTFOLIO

Step 3: Understand report display

  • Notice that the information you selected for the set up process is displayed, including the last time the data was updated, the ICAP name (Set) and Week you selected (Page).
  • In the chart, you will see the total number of students in the report population and the completion totals for each activity – listed in the left column –and overall.
  • Below the Total Accounts chart is another chart listing each student with the activities they have completed, designated by a checkmark. Column headers (numbers 1 through 4 in this example), align to an activity in the Total Accounts chart (“1 My Skills,” 2 Education for my Career” and so forth).
  • Select a student name to dive into their portfolio.

View Reports ICAP

Step 4: Drill down into student’s CAM ICAP. 

Select the CAM ICAP name. 

ICAP Name

Select the desired week. 

ICAP Week

You can look at any of the activities in the student’s ICAP, whether completed or not, by scrolling down the page. You can also see which trackable activities are completed in the progress dashboard in the My Progress area. Completed items will be crossed out. Note that you can also write a comment in the student’s ICAP.

ICAP Progress

Completed activities will show the student’s results. If they have uploaded their worksheets, checklists or other information, it will appear in My Evidence Documents area.

My Evidence 

If you don’t have the time to view student portfolios one-by-one, see the next topic!

 

TRACKING COMPLETION OF ACTIVITIES FOR PASSPORT STAMP – MULTIPLE STUDENTS

Step 5: Looking again at the report results page, you can easily see all students’ results by looking at the checkmarks in the table. However, if you have many students, complete the following:

Click Export.

Export Reports

Choose in what format you want your report exported then click Export Report. For CAM tracking for each week, we recommend exporting to Microsoft Excel. You can create a “master” list in one worksheet and keep adding the results to that worksheet as each week progresses.

Export Reports 2

If you choose to export to Excel, the first worksheet that will display is the Full Report.  This worksheet contains a bar graph showing overall results for each activity as well as detailed information for each student below. However, if you wish to manipulate the data, there is another worksheet more appropriate for use.

Full Report

Click the userDrilldown tab to see just the detailed student activity completion data.

userDrilldown

In the example above, you see the student that has completed all four components of the Week 3 College Application Month ICAP.

Next, save the Excel spreadsheet to your hard drive to use in future weeks. Click File > Save As; then browse to your location to name and save.

If you want to sort the data, click and drag to highlight the table (do not include the numeric headers shown on Row 3 in the example above). Then, click Data > Sort > Sort by and select the column(s) by which you wish to sort.

In this example, we sorted by Column B. This allows you to see which students have not completed the first activity in the week.

ICAP Table Sort

 

Step 6: Repeat this process for each week of CAM to verify if they earned their stamp and help them qualify for a $1,000 scholarship.

Tip: If you create and save one “master” worksheet in Excel with your students in the original order, you can copy and paste each week’s results into that one master to view a complete picture of which activities all students completed over the entire CAM period.

 

 

 

To effectively monitor CAM activity completion, you will want to make sure that all of your 12th grade students have properly connected to your school or organization.

Log into your Professional Center account at https://procenter.collegeincolorado.org/.

Step 1: Access Students & Groups from the home page of the Professional Center.

Students and Groups

Click Release student accounts in the Manage Student Accounts panel.

Release Student Accounts

Select 12th Grade from the Browse by Class topic.

 Browse by Class

Review the students in the list. Click the checkbox next to any students who are no longer at your school or organization or who will not participate in CAM. Click Release to remove these students from their connection with your school.

Release Students

Tip: If you make an error in releasing a student, they can always log back in and reconnect to your school or organization at Your Portfolio > Your Profile > The Basics.

Step 2: Look at the student list again. Are all your students there? If not:

  • Have the missing student log into their CIC.org account and navigate to Your Portfolio > Your Profile >The Basics
    • Check their connection to your school or organization
    • Check their high school graduation year (should be 2019)

 Your Profile The Basics

  • Add another connection or change primary connection to connect to your school
  • Click edit to update Year of graduation

If the student does not have a CIC.org account, have them create one. From the CollegeInColorado.org home page, click Create an Account.

CIC Create Account

Once all of your 12th graders appear in the Students and Groups 12th Grade list, you are good to go!

  

Tip: Did your students forget their sign-in information? Here are your alternatives:

  • Have them use the Forgot Your Username or Password? link from the home page;
  • Have the student call technical support: U.S. toll-free hotline:1-800-GO-TO-XAP (1-800-468-6927);
  • You can go into your Professional Center account, drill into the student’s portfolio by clicking on their name, and reset their password:

View Student Portfolio

Setting Up the CAM ICAP

Step 1: Login

Enter your username and password at Procenter.CollegeInColorado.org or create an account. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you don’t have your codes.

ProCenter

You must be an Administration user to work with the template. If you do not see the Administration tab when you log in, contact your school’s CIC administrator or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Step 2: Create a Group of 12th grade students

Do your 12th graders already have an ICAP in the CIC website assigned to them? If so, you will need to create a special group of your 12th graders that will work on the College Application Month ICAP. This will keep your other ICAP intact.

If you don’t currently use an ICAP on CIC.org with your students, skip to step 4b.

Click Students and Groups tab then Group Builder.

Group Builder

Enter the name you want for your group. Click Continue.

Group Builder 2

  1. Under Browse by Class, click 12th Grade to view a list of your 12th grade students.
  2. Click Select All.
  3. Click the Add button in the upper right next to your new group name.

Once you click the Add button, you should get a red message indicating how many students were added to the group.

Group Builder 3

Click on the Students and Groups tab again to verify your new group is available.

Group Builder 4

 

Step 3

Click on the Administration tab > Edit ICAPs

Your ICAP Sets page will look something like this. Click the hamburger menu in the upper right corner of the 2018 College Application Month ICAP to see the dropdown choices. Click Duplicate.

ICAP Sets

A copied ICAP will now be in your ICAP Sets list under the name Copy of 2018 College Application Month

 

Step 4a – Assign the CAM ICAP to a GROUP

Assign to Group

Click the checkbox next to your group name and click Save.

Assign to Group Checkbox

Step 4b – Assign the CAM ICAP to a grade level.

If you don’t currently use an ICAP with your 12th grade students, assign the CAM ICAP to all your 12th graders by clicking Assign to grades/roles.

Click the 12th grade circle to assign this ICAP to your 12th-graders. Click Save.

Note: If you had other ICAPs assigned to 12th-graders, you have now unassigned them. If that happens, use the Step 4a instructions (page 16) to create agroup.

Assign to Grade

Now that your CAM ICAP is assigned to your 12th graders, rename your CAM ICAP however you wish by clicking on the name of the ICAP.  Click the pencil next to the name.

Change Name

Manage ICAP Set Pages

Click Save.

Changed Name

That’s it! All of your 12th grade students should now be able to see the CAM ICAP in their portfolio.

To set up Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP) in CollegeInColorado.org, at least one professional in your organization must have Administration access in the Professional Center.

Step 1: Check to see if you have Administration access.

Log in to the Professional Center at https://procenter.collegeincolorado.org.

If your screen does not show the Administration tab or panel (as in the view below), you will need to find someone at your organization that has this level of access.

If no one has this access, you will need to get the Administration Code and Create a Pro Center account as follows in Step 2. If you have the Administration Tab and panel showing, you are good to go to Step 3!

No Admin Panel

 

Step 2: Create a Professional Center account with Administration Access

Perhaps you are new to CollegeInColorado.org or you need Administration access so that you can work with Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAPs) or do other site-wide work.

Verify that you have your school’s Professional Account Access Key (PAAK) and Administration Code (AC). If you do not, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once you have the codes, use the Administration Code to set up your account at https://procenter.collegeincolorado.org;  click Create a Professional Center Account

CAM Pro Center

Select your role then Go. Click the Find button and enter a portion of your organization’s name in the search box. Click Go.

Tip: If your school name does not immediately show in the result list, try clicking the All tab and re-entering your search info, using the alpha lookup or enter a shorter portion of your organization name.

Select your organization name from the list then Continue.

School Look Up

Enter your Administration Code where indicated. Click Next.

Select School

Complete the following page of typical account creation information. Note that an e-mail address may only be used once in the CIC.org system. You may need to have the system create an e-mail address for you if you already have used your e-mail on the site by checking the box as shown below.

Check Email

If you use this option, your email address will be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This may be updated/fixed later by clicking on [My Account] at the upper right of the site once logged in.

JP Account

You should see the Administration tab and panel on the Pro Center homepage.

Admin Tab

 

Step 3: Finish with a couple of Administration tasks.

Click the Administration tab or panel; then Manage Professional Accounts from the Professional/Administrator Access panel.

 Admin Access

Review the Account Owners and Names of Professionals.

  • For professionals that no longer work at your organization or that no longer need Pro Center access, click Remove Professional Center Privileges in the right column by their name.
  • For professionals that will no longer do site-wide administration but should still be able to run reports and use resources, click Remove Administration Privileges.

Tip: only one or two professionals at an organization should have Administration-level access.

 Account Creation

 Click to return to the Administration main page.

You are now ready to work with the CAM ICAP!  Refer to the instructions on how to set it up.

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