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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.

Getting a handle on acceptance paperwork

Once your high school senior has been accepted to college, it’s time to tackle the paperwork together. Every school is different in regard to what paperwork they require, so it’s important to pay attention to any communication from your senior’s … Continue reading

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Creating a support network for your college student

Students on their way to college may need a lot of support. As parents, you’re always there to help, but students can also benefit from the insights and encouragement offered by other adults in their lives. You can help your … Continue reading

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Teaming up to help your student tackle ACT/SAT tests

If your high school student is taking the ACT or SAT in the coming months, you can support them by helping them lay the groundwork. Students who get overly stressed may need a little more guidance to help them do … Continue reading

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5 must-have tips for writing college application essays

You want to stand out. The application essay is your chance to let your college admissions office know who you are, and why you would be great at their school. Yet, on the practical side, you’re a busy senior with … Continue reading

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Parents: how to help navigate the road to college

As your student prepares to head to college, where do you fit in? They’ll likely need your help and guidance, but may also want to do some of the planning on their own. One approach is to take on the … Continue reading

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Connect with your school counselor

As a high school senior, you have a busy year ahead with many decisions to make about college. Your school counselor is a great person to help guide you through this important time in your life. Even if you’ve never … Continue reading

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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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