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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.

Simple ways to stay connected with your college student

You know it’s coming. You’ve likely been preparing for it for years. But as a parent, it can still be tough to adjust when your student heads off to college. You’re the parent of a young adult now—how do you … Continue reading

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Understanding college costs

Taking a look at college costs today is enough to give anyone sticker shock. Before you start to scramble figuring out how to pay the cost, remember that most students don’t pay the full advertised price for college. There are … Continue reading

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Five ways to make memories with your senior

Your student’s senior year can fly by in a blink. With all the work there is to be done, it would be easy to focus solely on the to-do list, and put fun aside. But considering this may be your … Continue reading

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When your student has a case of senioritis

As students enter the homestretch of high school, it’s not unusual for them to start feeling burned out and unmotivated—in other words, they might develop a case of senioritis. Senior year grades and test scores are still important, even after … Continue reading

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Don’t lose steam over the summer

The summer between junior and senior years is an important time to really get the college planning momentum going. While most students naturally want to kick back and have fun over the summer, encourage your student to mix that fun … Continue reading

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What to do about the wait list

Your high school senior is feeling down after being wait-listed. What’s next? There’s no doubt that college acceptance time can lead your student on an emotional rollercoaster. So, while being sensitive to the fact that your student may be surprised, … Continue reading

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Four things you need to do to plan for college visits

Making college visits is a critical part of the college-planning experience. These trips take time and money, so you and your student will want to make the most out of each visit. Take some time to prepare with your student … Continue reading

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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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