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Completed the FAFSA. Congratulations. What Comes Next.

When you complete the FAFSA, you’ll need to list schools you’re interested in attending. Your FAFSA application is sent to those schools, and the ones that you’ve applied to and been accepted to will send you financial aid offer letters stating how much you can receive in financial aid. In addition to grants, scholarships and Read More

6 Items to Complete the FAFSA Faster

The FAFSA process has been greatly simplified. If you have the following information at your fingertips, it takes most people about an hour to complete. Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) for both the parent and the student. You apply for this online at fsaid.ed.gov. Student’s Social Security number and date of birth 2018 federal tax Read More

The FAFSA is the First Step in the Financial Aid Process but What is It?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the college financial aid process. It must be completed every year by students seeking financial aid. Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, work-study programs and student loans. The application is free to complete. Don’t let anyone scam you and offer to complete it Read More

Weaponized Data Can Lead To Identity Theft

We get a lot of mail, even these days when so much of our communication is done electronically. Granted, most of it is not of interest to most of us and it goes directly into the trusty “File 13.” However, those pre-approved credit card applications, loan re-finance offers, bank statements, and the like are all Read More

BND’s College SAVE Partners with Pride of Dakota Events

BND’s College SAVE plan is thrilled to be joining Pride of Dakota members across the state this fall and winter at Harvest Showcase and Holiday Showcase events. Stop by our booth for answers to your questions about paying for college and to have photos taken of the children in our life – your ‘pride and Read More

October is College Application Month

The goal of College Application Month is to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.

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

Improve Your Technology IQ

You can drastically cut your workload in college if you have basic technology skills developed before you unpack your bags in the dorm room. Here are a few more things to think about: Master the keyboard: No more typing only with your thumbs or one finger. You’ll spend a good portion of your time researching Read More

Keeping Your Bank Account and Credit Cyber-Smart

Financial institutions and hacking go hand-in-hand these days and keeping your bank account and credit from being the next victim is more important than ever. The safest approach, although the least favorite, is assuming that if your data hasn’t yet been hacked that at some point it will be. Hacking banks and their account holders Read More

BND celebrates 100 years with special events

Bismarck – Bank of North Dakota (BND) is celebrating 100 years this month. In honor of its centennial anniversary, the Bank is holding special events including a celebration at its location, a College SAVE promotion, and the launch of TheBNDStory.nd.gov. These events complement the previously released “The Bank of North Dakota | From Surviving to Read More

Venmo User’s Transaction Information Up For Grabs

Word has it that some of us like to share our financial transactions with our friends…or in some cases the entire world. A researcher in Berlin found that nearly 210 million Venmo transactions were available for download to anyone who could find them. The researcher claimed to download 57,600 transactions per day, even after Venmo (owned Read More

New Banking Hack Steals Your Keystrokes

There’s a new malware attacking financial institutions according to a recent report by Kaspersky Lab. Since 2013 and possibly earlier, an advanced keylogging hack on Mexican banks was discovered using spearphishing and infected USB devices to gain access to bank accounts. Although the campaign, called Dark Tequila, specifically targeted Mexican banks, there’s no reason to believe Read More

College SAVE Reading Champion

It’s easy! It’s fun! And when young readers knock out their summer reading, they become College SAVE Summer Reading Champions, earn up to $25 and have a chance to win $529! The North Dakota State Library and Bank of North Dakota have partnered to offer the College SAVE Summer Reading Champion campaign. College SAVE is Read More

May: the perfect month to celebrate college savings

May is the perfect month to recognize and celebrate 529 college savings plans. Why? Because like May flowers–with investment and time—they grow. Bank of North Dakota and KX News Network have partnered and are celebrating 529 plans in May by giving away five $529 contributions. Registration for the drawings ends May 29, 2019. The five Read More