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Industrial Commission Authorizes Second Bank of North Dakota Relief Loan Program for Farmers and Ranchers

Bismarck- The North Dakota Industrial Commission today approved a second Bank of North Dakota (BND) loan program to help the state’s farmers and livestock producers cover operating shortfalls and term debt payments, and to restructure existing debt. The Ag Disaster Relief Loan Program allows up to a 10-year amortization for chattel and up to a Read More

Advantage: North Dakota

Bank of North Dakota released its first joint publication with the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Advantage: North Dakota highlights economic development activities and funding opportunities happening in our state. The publication, which will be released 2-4 times year, can be quickly skimmed through and offers links to more information. View the first Advantage: North Read More

Fake Invites Dupe Outlook And Google Calendar Users

The Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker has been very busy. The organization posted a scam alert involving Outlook and Google Calendar users and fake events posted to their accounts. “Calendar spam” is a new and very real problem that can lead to stolen identity and malware. Users can sync Google and Outlook, so a bogus Read More

Industrial Commission Authorizes a Bank of North Dakota Feed Loan Program For Stressed Livestock Producers

Bismarck - The North Dakota Industrial Commission today approved a new Bank of North Dakota (BND) feed loan program to help the state’s livestock producers cover the cost of feed as they deal with the effects of extreme weather on their operations. The Livestock Feed Loan Program will assist active livestock producers anticipating an expected Read More

Growing Malware Attacks: Not Just For Androids Anymore

With malware attacks, it’s long believed that Mac and Apple devices are generally safer than their Android counterparts. Although Apple owners may find comfort in that, hacking trends are changing in a way that’s not comforting at all. These days, hackers are pushing their malware onto all devices, including Apple in ways that are not Read More

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