Parent Resources

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Sending your child off to college is a major event and requires in-depth planning. Below you will find some resources to help you and your child make decisions on choosing a career and a college, affording their education, and exploring some opportunities to help shape their future.

In this section you will find:

  • Paying for College Are you worried about how you’re going to pay for college? Looking for scholarships in North Dakota?
  • Scholarships – Scholarships are a useful way to help pay for school. There are many options for scholarships.
  • Career and College Exploration Is your child still unsure of their college major? Maybe they just want to explore colleges in North Dakota?
  • Internships – Looking for an internship? Here is a collection of resources that can help your child find their calling.

Paying for College

You hear so much talk about the price of college, it’s easy to get intimidated. But how much does college really cost? The answer is, “it varies.” Colleges offer a variety of options for classes, types of degrees, living arrangements, and length it will take to receive a degree.  The cost of attending college also varies by the type of campus, that is, whether it’s a two-year, four-year, or doctoral institution. Another factor is residency. Students who qualify as North Dakota residents pay tuition at a substantially lower rate than do non-residents.

For comparative date on the cost of all the public colleges visit the North Dakota University System.

The Bank of North Dakota’s College Planning Center  is a wonderful resource for information on paying for college with information on applying for financial aid, who is eligible, financial aid analysis, types of financial aid, and more.

North Dakota University System’s also offers a laundry list from choosing, applying, planning, transferring and paying for college.

The Career Resource Network, a division of Career & Technical Education, offers information for parents on saving for college in their Career Outlook Guide.

How to fill out the FAFSA? Filling out financial papers can be time-consuming and complicated. The Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) site has a help guide and hints to making the process easier. The site also lists all the deadlines so you can submit the forms on time.

Scholarship Information

Colleges/universities often have scholarships that are unique to their institutions. Bank of North Dakota’s College Planning Center offers a link to all of North Dakota’s colleges/universities scholarships web pages along with other sources for easy access. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has also compiled a list of national websites that offer scholarships.

Department of Public Instruction has compiled a list of national websites that offer scholarships.

Search for more than 5,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities with Career One Stop’s Scholarship Search.

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College & Career Exploration is a software program provided by Students Loans of North Dakota. All North Dakota public and private middle schools and high schools have access to the career exploration, education planning and ACT test preparation tools offered through the online program.

Here is a list of career fairs happening around the state.

Interested in finding out what programs North Dakota has to offer? Here you go.

  • North Dakota University System offers a unique tool on their website which enables you to search for programs offered throughout universities and colleges in the North Dakota University System. Click here to see which schools in North Dakota offer your chosen career.
  • offers information on technical and transfer programs at North Dakota’s five community colleges. You’ll save money and be ready to make more money in today’s hottest jobs.
  • North Dakota Career Outlook Magazine, updated yearly by the ND Department of Career and Technical Education, includes degrees from all colleges and universities in North Dakota.

If your child is interested in entrepreneurship and wants to learn more you should check out the youth entrepreneurship programs offered in North Dakota.

Career Conversations is a program administered by the Youth Office. Professionals from across North Dakota are featured in short videos profiling their occupation, how they started their career and advice for youth interested in their chosen career path.


Internships are one of the best tools for students who want to graduate college with the upper hand and enter the working world experienced. While internships are valuable for the student, they are also beneficial for the employer. It provides them with an opportunity for temporary workers to help with high demand projects or fill voids during peak work times.

Check out these resources for opportunities to intern in North Dakota:

  • Job Service
  • Team ND
  • ND State Government
  • Schools. High school and college career counselors, professors, department heads, bulletin boards, career fairs, student organizations, alumni and fellow students can be your best sources of leads.
  • Your Network. Who you know matters. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, professors, even the dry cleaning lady. The more people you let know you better. Use your social networking sites to blog, tweet, or post about your internship interest. You’ll be surprised how you make those contacts that could lead to an internship.
  • Check with the local Chamber of Commerce for possible internship opportunities.
  • Other Organizations and their websites. You already know companies in your field. This is a chance to pursue your “dream” company or to find out what organization might be expanding or undertaking an interesting project and go after an internship there. You can look for ideas on this list of North Dakota’s largest employers.

For additional internship information visit our Reality Based Learning section.

For more on exploring careers in North Dakota visit  our Explore Careers section.

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