Minnesota State colleges will drop application fees next month

But it's for a limited time only.

Applying to college isn't exactly what'd you call fun.

But in the month of October, Minnesota's biggest university system is hoping to make the process at least a little easier – by waiving the application fee. 

It's part of "College Knowledge Month," an annual statewide campaign aimed at preparing students for higher learning and helping them through the college admission process. 

Every school in the Minnesota State system will waive application fees from Oct. 23-27; however, some schools (including Bemidji State University and a bunch of community colleges – full list here) will waive them for the entire month. 

The fee, by the way, is $20. All applicants need to get it taken off is the promo code “CKM2017.”

Minnesota State, which is separate from the University of Minnesota system, has 37 campuses and serves over 375,000 students a year.

You might recognize it by its former name MnSCU, which was changed last year in a big rebranding effort.

College Knowledge Month

The "College Knowledge" initiative started in 2011, when Minnesota joined a long-running nationwide campaign to provide "every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply for college," the state's Office of Higher Education says.

Since then, the effort has spread to over 190 schools and "college access programs" across the state.

According to education officials, a vast majority of schools report the program has been a success in helping promote a "college-going culture," and helping underrepresented students complete college applications. 

You can learn more about the campaign here

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