Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

Money Magazine

  • Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: How to Estimate What College Housing Really CostsMarch 2021

    What, precisely, will campus living look like in fall 2021 after being upended throughout 2020? Will residence halls continue to operate at reduced capacity? Some students are eager to get back on campus, while others will stick to the apartment living they handled this year.

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  • Here's How Much of Your Income Should Go Towards Student Loans Each MonthFebruary 2021

    As tempting as it is to throw money at your student loans, financial planners say that's not the best idea. Here's how to divvy up your monthly paycheck, and what to know about avoiding too much debt for your income.

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  • More Than 3 Million College Students Who Can't Afford Food May Be Eligible for Expanded SNAP BenefitsFebruary 2021

    Congress passed a SNAP benefits expansion in response to the pandemic that took effect in January 2021. More college students may be eligible according to new criteria. Here's what to know and other ways colleges are helping hungry students.

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  • Colleges Are Lowering Tuition Prices. But Most Students Won't Save a PennyDecember 2020

    Tuition resets help some families. But many students who receive financial aid and scholarships to make college affordable won't actually see their bottom line change. Here's why.

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  • 6 Expert Tips for Applying to College During the PandemicNovember 2020

    Use these tips to guide your college application process during this unprecedented year. What to know about testing, essays, virtual resources, and more.

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  • How Will Students Get College Scholarships if They Can't Take the SAT?October 2020

    SAT and ACT testing for college admissions have been canceled over and over again during the pandemic. It's creating worry about admissions and scholarships. Though many colleges have responded by going test optional, the devil is in the details. Here's what to know.

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  • Parents: Make Sure These Health Forms are Sorted Out Before Your Kid Goes to CollegeAugust 2020

    Every year, parent questions crop up about health forms for new college students, including HIPAA authorization and medical power of attorney. Here's how to help your kid in an emergency health situation.

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  • Colleges are Freezing Tuition and Fees as Classes Move Online. Here's How Much That Actually Saves StudentsAugust 2020

    As campus reopening plans shift by the day and the number of Americans out of work remains at record levels, colleges are navigating demands from students across the nation to reduce the cost of attendance, particularly for online courses. Here's what they're doing.

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  • Tuition Insurance and Coronavirus: What to Know Before You Buy it for Your College Student's Fall SemesterJuly 2020

    It’s no surprise that some families are wondering whether they should buy tuition insurance to safeguard tuition payments with the pandemic throwing campus plans into question. But it's not that simple. Read on.

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  • A Six-Step Guide to Asking Your College for More Financial Aid This YearMay 2020

    For millions of students with parents suddenly out of work, paying for college just got a whole lot harder during the pandemic. Luckily you can ask for your financial aid form to be reviewed.

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  • Coronavirus is Upending Internships for College Students. Here's What to Do If Yours Was CanceledApril 2020

    With internship season looming, the coronavirus has thrown student plans for the summer into disarray. Internship opportunities have dropped 52%, according to recent Glassdoor research. Here's what you can do.

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  • What to Know Before You Take a Gap Year from College During CoronavirusApril 2020

    The novel coronavirus is throwing a wrench into a normal college opening this fall. What to know if you think you'd rather put off college for a year.

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  • Here's How How College Admissions are Changing This Year -- And What High School Seniors Need to KnowApril 2020

    With hundreds of college campuses closed by the pandemic, high school seniors and their families are wondering how they’re supposed to make a decision about where to attend if they can’t visit in person. What to know about the decision process.

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  • More Parents Are Borrowing to Pay for Their Kids' College. Here's How to Do It Without Risking Your Own FutureApril 2020

    The fastest-growing segment of education borrowers, people over 60 are increasingly taking loans for children and grandchildren’s educations. Today, 3.6 million parents owe a collective $95 billion.

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