Free College Application Period


Students may apply to South Dakota’s public technical colleges and universities free of charge for two months each fall. During the free application period, you are encouraged to explore and apply to any of the public technical colleges and universities.


Residents from South Dakota, students attending a SD high school, and individuals from Minnesota and SD Advantage states (i.e., Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming) who are first-time undergraduates (including those who have taken state-sponsored dual credit courses), transfer students, and readmits may participate in the free college application period.

Those completing graduate program applications from the aforementioned states are also able to participate when applying at Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University and South Dakota Mines.

Participating Institutions

Click on the college(s) of your choice below to apply for free between October 1 – November 30, 2023. No discount code necessary!

Note: Mitchell Technical College, Southeast Technical College and Western Dakota Technical College never charge application fees.

Promoting the Free College Application Period

Educators can access promotional items and grab-and-go activities to help spread the word about this great opportunity.

Related Resources

South Dakota Scholarships
Financial Aid
Completing the FAFSA

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