Planning Tools

planning toolsPlanning your education takes some serious time and thought. It is the beginning of the rest of your life and the choices you make today can make all the difference for your career.

Don’t worry, your parents and educators will help guide you along the way. But don’t wait for them to start exploring colleges and careers.  In the meantime, there are many tools out there if you want to do some exploring on your own. We’ve compiled as many resources as we could find to help make the decision a little easier.

High School Planning is a software program provided by Students Loans of North Dakota and the North Dakota Center and Technical Education Department. 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.

The Bank of North Dakota College Planning Center is a wonderful resource for all things college.  From grade school to high school seniors, the BND College Planning Center will walk you step by step through the college enrollment process. They offer information on college and career planning, choosing a college, and saving and paying for college.

List of  Career fairs happening around the state. Check also with local career centers and colleges you are interested in.

Crash courses are events to gather information on several different topics including job opportunities, paying for school, and preparing for college. The Center for Technology & Business host these courses at local schools throughout the year. Check the schedule for a crash course near you.

WhyApply provides resources for high school students who aren’t sure if college is in their future. What college is right?  How do I prepare for college? How do I pay? And much more.  is the North Dakota University System’s website with information ranging from picking a college, choosing a career, applying for college, and affording your dream career. Your most basic questions can be answered here.

Paying for School

You hear so much talk about the cost of tuition, it’s easy to get intimidated — but how much does college really cost? The answer is, “it varies.”  The cost of attending college also varies by the type of campus, whether it’s a two-year, four-year, or doctoral institution and several other factors.  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.

Find out how to apply for federal and state financial aid programs with Career One Stop’s Financial Aid Finder.

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

Financial Aid

Wonder how to fill out the FAFSA? Why is it important? Filling out financial papers can be time-consuming and complicated, but very important. Step by step instructions can be found on the Federal Student Aid website. Once this step is done, you will have a better picture of how much school will cost you and if you qualify for any grants or loans.

 Scholarship Information

NDCAN  Colleges/universities often have scholarships that are unique to their institutions. BND College Planning Center offers a direct link to North Dakota’s colleges/universities scholarships web pages for easy access as well as other available scholarships.

North Dakota 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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