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10-28-2016 Workforce Development

Myths about Financial Aid

The North Dakota priority deadline for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is April 15, 2015, according to the North Dakota University System.  Completing and submitting a FAFSA is the single most important thing college students do to get assistance paying for college.

The U.S. Department of Education uses the FAFSA to determine students’ eligibility for federal student aid. Every year, the federal government awards about $150 billion in the form of grants, work-study funds, and low-interest loans to help millions of students pay for college. Many state governments and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for nonfederal aid.

Unfortunately, some students feel like they shouldn’t bother filling out a FAFSA because of some common myths. These include:

  • “I (or my parents) make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.”
  • “Only students with good grades get financial aid.”
  • “I’m too old to get financial aid.”
  • “The form is too hard to fill out.”

However, these concerns are usually unfounded and may need further research on the applicant’s part to ensure eligibility. For more information, download “Myths About Financial Aid”.

Additionally, students who qualify for the ND Academic Scholarship or the ND Career & Technical Education Scholarship are required to complete the online application.  The deadline for submission of the scholarship application is June 5, 2015.  Applications received after this date will not be funded. 
The April 15 deadline applies to the 2015-16 school year. The FAFSA can be completed online at  

Youth Office Updates Career Conversations

Career Conversations let students hear from actual professionals how they got started in their career and what their career does on a regular basis. These professionals discuss where they went to school, which YouthForwardlogo.jpgdegrees they received, what job duties they perform, and advice they would give to students considering the same career path. Career Counselors and students can use these videos to help make decision on careers and colleges and universities. These videos are posted on youtube and teachertube.

Career Conversations focus on high wage, high demand jobs. New career conversations added recently are autopsy technician, pilot, aircraft mechanic, water treatment operator, exercise physiologist, and acceleration coordinator.  If you have suggestions for career conversations, please email the Youth Office at

Make a Smart Move with Your Student Loans: Bank of ND

BND logoIf federal student loans and grants don’t cover your college expenses, check out Bank of North Dakota’s DEAL Student Loan. After you complete the FAFSA, you’ll receive a letter from the college with financial aid information.  The letter will tell you about the grants and federal student aid you are eligible to receive. The DEAL can help fill the gap if you need any additional funds.
The DEAL Student Loan is a smart move! There are NO fees for North Dakota residents, whether attending college in or out of state.  You’ll receive friendly North Dakota service from people who want you to succeed. Please visit the Bank’s website or feel free to call if you have questions at 800.472.2166 extension 328.5763.

College Planning Center: Complicated Just Got Easy!

For many parents and first-time college students, there are far more questions than answers when it comes to planning for college. Your one-stop place for reliable information, whether comparing costs of different colleges, figuring out how to complete the FAFSA which has a priority deadline of April 15 or applying for scholarships, is Bank of North Dakota’s College Planning Center. The Center even has a free calendar app so you don’t miss important deadlines. If you still feel confused after reading the website, just pick up the phone and call us! Our toll free number is 800.554.2717.

North Dakota DECA Conference Held in Marchdeca2.jpg

The North Dakota DECA Conference was held March 15-17, 2015 in Bismarck.  More than 400 high school students competed in their specialized career cluster areas of competition.  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

President Anna Lawley, a senior at Fargo South High School called the conference to order on Sunday. Her leadership, along with the other six state officers assisted others throughout the three days.  Most students participated in the role play competition, where students take a 100 question exam on their cluster area, then receive a scenario that they had a limited amount of time (usually 10 minutes) to read and prepare how they would handle the day-to-day real-life situation. 

The top winners in each of 54 competitive events qualified to represent North Dakota at the International DECA Conference in Orlando Florida in April.  North Dakota will have over 150 participants at the ICDC in Orlando.  DECA is also offered at the collegiate level. College students competed at the state level in February and 75 people from North Dakota will be attending the national competition in April in Orlando.

Making the Most of Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is a time to relax, hang out at the lake, and sleep in, right? Maybe. Or it might be an opportunity to learn more about a job and a career you want to pursue. 

During the school year through Succeed 2020, you get a glimpse at jobs and potential careers through career fairs, classroom speakers, workplace tours, and maybe even a job shadow. This gives you a taste of what your future might be like. 

In the summer you can get an internship or job that will give you a better sense of what a job and career will be like on a daily basis. This knowledge and experience will help you select a college or training program after high school.

Planning for summer internships and jobs starts now. Have you applied for any jobs? Have you talked to your counselor or a teacher about internships that might be available? Do you need help exploring careers this summer? Visit RUReadyND for help and advice.

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