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A parent’s guide to completing the FAFSA

Known by many as “the FAFSA,” the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form completed annually by students planning to attend college for both undergraduate and graduate courses. Colleges use the FAFSA information to determine the student’s eligibility for student financial aid. Student financial aid could include grants, scholarships, work-study programs and student Read More

College Application Month

Way to go North Dakota! More than 130 high schools have registered to host an event during College Application Month this October. When seniors apply to a North Dakota college during their school’s event, Bank of North Dakota pays one $35 application fee per student. College Application Month (CAM) is part of a national initiative Read More

Don’t Grab That Bait! Workplace Email Phishing Tips

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know that email phishing is a favorite and effective hacker tool worldwide. A report by the Ponemon Institute and Keeper Security finds negligent employees are the #1 cause behind data breaches at small-to-medium-size businesses (SMBs), and phishing emails are the #1 form of attack on those employees. According Read More

81% Of Company Data Breaches Due To Poor Passwords

Managing employee passwords is a struggle for most businesses in the U.S. and worldwide. It is costly maintaining healthy password security, but not having it can be enormously costly. According to the recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, over 70% of employees reuse passwords at work. The report finds a staggering “81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either Read More

Get a new lease on life: Your guide to off-campus housing

For many college students, the independence that comes with living off campus teaches valuable life skills, such as paying bills, cooking, cleaning and managing a household. But sometimes the responsibilities of off-campus living can be a bit overwhelming. You need to learn how to navigate lease terms and communicate with your landlord. Here are a Read More

Become a credit card shark: Five tips for managing credit in college

Imagine you’re shopping online for back-to-school shoes when you spy an amazing pair of Nikes. They’re your favorite color, they have the perfect amount of traction and they only cost… $145. Whoa. Now you have a real dilemma on your hands. You don’t get your paycheck for another three weeks and even then you won’t Read More

Turn Friday night pizza into student debt freedom: Five tips for saving money and investing in your future

During your first few weeks of college, the next four years seem to stretch before you like a never-ending road. But before you know it, a semester has passed. Then, an entire school year.  Suddenly you find yourself halfway through your college career and about $14,000 in student debt. Yikes! At this rate, your post-grad Read More

Five ways to make summer reading a walk in the park

School’s out, the sun is shining, the grass is green and you can’t wait to hang out at the pool with friends. But wait a second… you’re only two years away from starting college (or scarier yet, only one year away). Didn’t your school counselor say something about preparing for college over the summer? Chances Read More

Test out of freshman year: Your guide to CLEP and DSST exams

What if you could skip college classes because you already learned the material in high school? Better yet, what if you could graduate a semester early and jump start your career, saving yourself time and money? If you take a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) exam after your senior year Read More

Conquering debt phobia: How to shop smart for student loans

The mere thought of paying student loans sends most college students reeling, but student debt doesn’t have to be a cause for nightmares. With careful planning and research, students can minimize their financial need and find borrowing options that will set them up for success. Check out these four keys to conquering debt phobia and Read More

Five reasons why job shadowing helps benefit your future career

Picture this. You’re a high school senior trying to decide between two different majors. On one hand, you’ve always dreamed about attending medical school, but you’re worried you won’t like working long hours at the clinic. On the other hand, you love music and think you have what it takes to be a band teacher, Read More

If you build it, employers will come: How to “cleanup” your resume game

The number one way to set yourself up for success in college and beyond is to develop a killer resume that leaves a lasting impression on employers and college admission counselors. Your resume should include everything from extracurricular involvement and volunteer work to internships and summer jobs. But that’s not all. Resumes should also give Read More

Five simple, cost-effective ways to decorate your college dorm

The store aisles are buzzing. Soon-to-be college students are paging through lists of dorm necessities and shelling out hundreds of dollars for futons, mini fridges and Keurig coffeemakers. New roommates are already arguing over matching bedspreads and wall décor. What is the cause of all this madness? It could be nothing less than back-to-school shopping. Read More

Planning a summer road trip? Don’t forget to make a college visit.

Summer is the perfect time to travel, explore new places and visit friends and family. But before you get too busy planning your next vacation destination, make time to schedule a pit stop at one of your top college choices. A buffet of college options When making a college decision, it’s important to determine what Read More