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Caroline Hanson

About Caroline Hanson

Caroline is a communications consultant for Wells Fargo Education Financial Services. Although she has been known to forget her own ZIP code, she has memorized the lyrics to every bad 1970s pop song ever written. Unfortunately, she also loves karaoke. Caroline spends her spare time at Target®. She also likes biking slowly and has participated in RAGBRAI. Caroline is a graduate of Iowa State University and has worked in journalism and public relations for the past 14 years. She lives in Iowa with her husband and has a 19-year-old stepdaughter and 2-year-old son.

Spring break “staycation” ideas

It’s spring break time for college students! If that doesn’t spell white sandy beaches for you this year, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to have fun without planning a lavish week-long trip. No doubt you’ve heard of “staycations” … Continue reading

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Comparing college award letters

At this time of year, you seniors are probably anxiously awaiting award letters from the schools you applied to. While receiving an award letter is exciting, it’s important that you understand how to read and interpret your awards. Your award … Continue reading

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5 things you should know about financial aid

February is Financial Aid Awareness month, and in that spirit, I’m going to share the top five things I think every student should understand about financial aid. Are you ready? Let’s get started! Not all financial aid is need-based. This is the … Continue reading

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Job hunting for your first “real” job

Looking for a job is rarely an easy process, and finding your first job can be particularly tough. Don’t be discouraged, though – you just need to be motivated and open to possibilities and angles that may not be exactly … Continue reading

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Young professionals series: Protecting your paycheck

Editor’s note:  We at the Student LoanDownSM are launching a new series of posts aimed at those just starting out in their careers.  Look to these posts for tips on handling your money, and managing a lot of the “firsts” … Continue reading

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Completing the FAFSA

If you’re planning to use financial aid for college next year, the FAFSA is the place to begin.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is your gateway to receive all kinds of federal and state financial aid. Complete … Continue reading

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Kicking your bad money habits in 2014

Most everyone has bad habit or two when it comes to money. The turning of the new year is a great time to get started kicking your bad money habits. You may already know what things you’d like to change, but if … Continue reading

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Good money habits for the new year

Editor’s note: New Year’s resolutions are often all about habits: creating news ones, kicking bad ones. This week, we’ll talk about money habits, and how you can make resolutions to build good habits and minimize bad habits. While resolutions are … Continue reading

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Plan your holiday spending

The holiday decorations started appearing in stores even before the last of the Halloween candy had cleared away—so it’s no surprise that the season of spending is upon us. As a college student nearing the end of the semester, your … Continue reading

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5 good study habits for college

College is different than high school.  Not a big news flash, I know.  But when it comes to academics, it’s a message that can’t be repeated enough.  If you got by in high school with minimal studying, that’s not going … Continue reading

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