Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

About Joanna

My focus on college and personal finance has evolved. I started out as a parenting writer, but I'm kind of a money nut and I was also a first-generation student who got through college with the help of financial aid.

Now that I've been through the college process with my own kids, I realize how much I didn't know back then and what I wish someone had told me. That's why I love writing about basic needs offices, first-gen resources, state financial aid, and how not to get in over your head with costs.

I also cover credit cards, insurance, student loans, 529 plans, retirement, aging parents, and budgeting. I still love writing about parenting -- often teens and young adults but little kids too.

Consumer credits include Money Magazine, Real Simple, US News & World Report, Washington Post, Work + Money, Next Avenue, Parents, Parenting School Years, and FamilyFun. My work also has been picked up by the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, MarketWatch, Forbes, and Yahoo Finance.

As a content marketing writer, I write blog posts, ghostwritten articles, newsletter content, profiles, and service articles for a number of clients. You can learn more on my Services page. Also find my latest online articles at contently.com -- but this website contains print articles in PDF format not available there.

Before freelancing, I worked as a technical writer and editor for an engineering firm. I have a BA in anthropology and an MA in English.

In my early 20s, I spent four years traveling abroad through twenty countries, working as I went. I grew up on an island in the Salish Sea and now live in Bellingham, Washington.

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Family vacation at Second Beach, Pacific Northwest Second Beach, Pacific Northwest
Family on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone Family on Mt. Washburn, Yellowstone
Family hiking Chain Lakes Trail, Washington Chain Lakes Trail, Washington