College is an investment in your future, and many options exist for financing! Do your research to understand the types of financial aid and how the process works so you can be an informed borrower. Doing the extra work now can save you thousands in the future!

Financial Aid Application Checklist

Use this checklist to plan what you need to do to apply for and receive financial aid.

Application Form Tracking

Use this form to keep track of and organize correspondence to each school you are applying.

College Cost Estimator Tool:

This extremely EASY tool will help you to analyze/compare the cost of college(s). It takes into consideration not only tuition/fees but also transportation and personal expenses. You can also add in financial aid info to get a more accurate total of what you will be owing. I did the work for adding NDSU and UND’s 2017-18 expenses.

Financial Aid 101:

RUReady provides Q&A for financial aid basics, eligibility, basics, responsibilities, etc.

North Dakota and Regional College Cost Spreadsheet:

These budgets are estimates for the 2017-2018 school year and are used for awarding financial aid. The information was furnished by each institution’s financial aid office and is subject to change.

FAFSA on the Web Worksheet

Parents and students, use this worksheet to gain insight and practice filling out the FAFSA!


  1. Overview of Financial Aid Process
  2. Federal Direct & Direct Plus Loans
  3. Scholarships & Grants
  4. BND Deal Loans
  5. Tackling Credit Cards
  6. Cosigning Private Student Loans

Other Helpful Sites:

  1. Complete your FAFSA Here
  2. ND Scholarship Information by Colleges
  3. ND Academic/CTE Scholarship Information