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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.

Upcoming steps after the FAFSA

By now, your student has probably started filling out their FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is the first step in applying for federal financial aid. After that, you and your student will be able to … Continue reading

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Get a read on your student’s path to college

You have a helpful guide on your Junior’s path to college: the school counselor. If you haven’t already gotten to know your student’s school counselor, now is the perfect time to start! Working together will help ensure your student’s college … Continue reading

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How much does college really cost?

As you begin the college search with your high school student, determining cost of a school isn’t always as straightforward as it might seem. You can easily determine a college’s listed price, but what you’re probably more interested in is … Continue reading

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FAFSA FAQ

What is the FAFSA? FAFSA stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.”   Completing this application is the first step to securing financial aid for college. Who should complete the FAFSA? Any student who needs financing (grants or student loans) … Continue reading

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Five ways to help your student prepare for scholarships

Your student’s junior year of high school is all about doing the prep work for college. Planning for scholarships is an important element of college planning that can start early on during junior year. As a parent, there are several … Continue reading

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Four ways to help your senior secure scholarships

Senior year is when college starts to get real for many students. As they start digging into the details, the importance of securing scholarship money may become clearer. Though they need to take the lead in the search, there are … Continue reading

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Keys to a successful college interview

Know yourself, be yourself, and believe in yourself. College interviews can be a key piece that helps both students and schools determine if they are the right match for one another. So what can students do to help ensure a … Continue reading

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Last chance for seniors to take the SAT or ACT

If your senior wants a final chance to take the SAT or ACT test, be sure he or she gets registered by the deadlines. You can help your student prepare for these tests by encouraging them to study and take … Continue reading

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Laying out the college roadmap

Senior year is a busy time for students as they get ready for college. Fall of senior year is a good time for parents to step in and help lay out the roadmap of the goals and deadlines that will … Continue reading

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Kicking off junior year with a plan

Junior year is the time when most students start getting truly focused on college planning. With only two short years to go before they begin their college journey, it’s time to start making a checklist of things to be done … Continue reading

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