Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

Education

  • Nursing Career Trends for 2020 and BeyondMarch 2020

    Are you interested in a nursing career? Check out nursing field trends to see what's up and coming.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • All About the CSS Profile: What It Is and What You Need to KnowSeptember 2018

    In addition to the FAFSA, the CSS Profile is a detailed financial aid form that more than 200 colleges and programs use to assess your financial profile. It makes the FAFSA look like child's play.

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  • 9 Reasons to Use the Career Center Before Senior YearApril 2019

    Many students delay going to the career center until they're close to graduating, but they're better served by using it early and often to learn about career options, job fairs, internships, and writing resumes.

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  • Making the Most of Your Campus Resources as a First-Generation StudentAugust 2019

    Heading to college is a big adjustment for anyone, but the "hidden curriculum" of college can be extra challenging for first-generation students (the first in their family to graduate from college). Here's why campus resources help you get settled.

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  • How to Team Up With Your Teen on the College SearchSeptember 2019

    As a parent, it's all too easy to take over the college search process for your teen. You might not even realize you're doing it. But it's much better if you act as a teammate, not a coach. Here's why.

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  • Foreign Universities vs. US Colleges: What You Need to KnowNovember 2019

    Some students are more interested in getting their degree in Europe, and there are plenty of English-language programs outside the US. What to know if you pursue this path.

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  • What to Do About Transfer ShockNovember 2019

    Many students transfer to a new institution during their college career, and they may not be prepared for some of the surprises they'll experience. Here's what transfer shock is (blog post).

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  • How to Make the Most of An Undergraduate Business DegreeNovember 2019

    The most popular undergraduate degree is business. It can position you for a career in government agencies, public utilities, insurance companies, banks, brokerage firms, personnel management, finance, retail and sales management, market research, social media management, and many more.

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  • 6 Important Ways To Get Involved on CampusDecember 2019

    Doing well academically is your primary job in college, but it isn’t your only job. College should be a holistic experience, and getting involved on campus is important for your success (blog post).

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  • 4 Benefits of a College Job, Plus Tips for Finding OneDecember 2019

    Studies show that working in college hones your ability to manage your time effectively, teaching you how to prioritize and plan. Good time management often boosts grades (as long as you don’t work too much) and is an important skill that will benefit your career after graduation (blog post).

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  • Understanding Learning Differences and What Services Colleges OfferJanuary 2020

    For parents of teens with learning disabilities, the college search can feel more complicated. It's important to tap into the available resources for a successful experience.

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  • College Search Advice for Undocumented StudentsMarch 2020

    Students with undocumented status have a harder road during the college search process because every state has different laws about financial aid. But with the right guidance, students can find options.

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  • How the Coronavirus May Change the Transfer ProcessJuly 2020

    Whether you’re transferring to a new school for fall 2020 or you’re planning to transfer in fall 2021, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is going to add (or already has added) a layer of considerations to the transfer admission process.

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  • How the Coronvirus May Change Your College PlanningSeptember 2020

    College planning is complicated enough in normal times, but when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered campuses nationwide, the college search process became even more challenging.

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  • Financial Tips for Disadvantaged International StudentsSeptember 2020

    University can be expensive for international students in the US. Here's how economically disadvantaged students can pay for their education.

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  • Make the Most of Campus Services During the PandemicMarch 2021

    Many colleges are offering accessible online resources to their students as a result of the pandemic. Here's how you can utilize these valuable remote services.

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  • From Mold to Mice: How to Deal with Dorm Room IssuesNovember 2018

    We all hope our kids have a great dorm experience, but sometimes that room turns out to be less than rosy. Here's what students should do if they run into problems.

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  • How to Help a Reluctant Student With College PlansJanuary 2019

    Sometimes students simply feel overwhelmed with the college search process and don't know where to start, but sometimes there's an underlying issue going on. How parents can help their students get going... or choose a different path.

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  • Important Things to Know About Your EFCFebruary 2019

    In the fall of your senior year, your family will fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to start the process of possibly receiving a federal or state aid package that will help you pay for college (f you qualify). When you fill out the FAFSA, it generates what’s called an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Here's what to know.

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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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  • How Does Taking a Gap Year Affect College Admissions?June 2019

    Gap years are growing ever more popular, but many parents worry about how they affect their kid's college plans. Gap years don't hurt them, but it's worth understanding how the college application process and the gap year plans should be handled.

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  • What is a Gap Year: What to Know Before They GoJune 2019

    Here's what to know about your child taking a gap year by the numbers. Also, why you shouldn't worry about the gap and how your teen can make the most of the year.

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  • 23 Apps to Make Fundraising EasierMay 2019

    Organizing a group of people and keeping track of documents isn't easy, but there are plenty of apps these days to help. Here's what I learned in my research.

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  • 7 Tips to Prepare for College Move-InJuly 2018

    College move-in is an exciting and emotional time for everyone. This piece for University Parent will help students decide what they really need (hint: not everything they think they need).

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  • One Student's Junk is Another Student's TreasureSeptember 2018

    You can spend a fortune on dorm furnishings, only to have your child chuck them in June. Here's what schools are doing to help reduce waste.

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  • Don't Fall for These 6 Myths About College SavingsJuly 2017

    College might feel a long ways off, but it's closer than you think. Here are a few mental traps to avoid if you're planning on saving for it.

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  • Teens' College Savings May not Affect Financial AidAugust 2017

    It's easy to worry that student savings and income will keep your student from getting financial aid. But here's the skinny on what really affects financial aid.

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  • 5 Ways to Find Money for College SavingsSeptember 2017

    Many of us have no idea how we'll afford college, but head in the sand isn't a strategy. It's surprising how often you can find money to save by simply reprioritizing. Here are some ideas.

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  • 11 Misconceptions About Paying for CollegeDecember 2017

    Understanding financial aid, merit aid, and college costs is complicated. Here are 11 things families commonly don't realize about paying for college.

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  • Why We Need to Make Math Relevant to KidsDecember 2016

    American kids lag behind their international peers in math skills, but STEM jobs are growing, and prepared kids will benefit. Tips here for making math as relevant as reading and getting kids comfortable with it.

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  • 10 Ways Today's College Students Can Lower Their Student DebtOctober 2016

    College is expensive, and most students can't pay their own way unless they live at home. Here's what families should know as they research colleges.

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  • Teaching Money Skills: Why Teenagers Should Help Pay for CollegeJanuary 2017

    We don't do our teens any favors by paying for everything. NYT Money expert Ron Lieber tells us why it's important to get them involved in their college future.

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  • How to Get Merit Scholarships for CollegeJuly 2016

    Two types of financial aid are available for college students -- need based aid and "merit" aid. If your family won't qualify for need aid, here's how you can find merit aid to bring down the cost of college.

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  • Everything You Need to Know about College Testing before 10th GradeSeptember 2016

    College and all the required testing can feel high stakes. Here's what to know about the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT.

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  • When it Comes to Paying for College, Be Realistic and Do Your HomeworkJuly 2016

    College is expensive. That's why parents need to research costs and financial aid early so they're not blindsided during their child's senior year.

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  • How to Take a Gap Year Overseas When You're Not WealthyJuly 2016

    Not all kids are ready for college right after high school. Tips here from experts on how to create a great gap year, along with ideas and programs for domestic and international opportunities.

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  • Watch it This College Application SeasonOctober 2015

    College application season can be a fraught time, exciting for some and disappointing for others. My thoughts on why a bit of empathy is in order, learned the hard way.

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  • The Lowdown on the New SATMarch 2016

    The new-format SAT is looming. Some experts say students should skip it this year and not be guinea pigs. Here's what is different from the old format and things to consider about taking it.

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  • 8 Surprising Causes of Workplace StressMarch 2016

    Excessive workloads and bad bosses aren't the only causes of stress. Sometimes it's the little things that add up, including our own bad habits. Check out these sources of stress.

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  • Scrip Fundraising in the Digital AgeMarch 2016

    Scrip fundraising offers lots of digital choices these days, from reloadable cards to online ordering to paying with a smartphone app right in the store. Learn more about how to create a convenient program that works for your school's parents.

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  • What Your College Financial Aid Letter Isn't Telling YouFebruary 2016

    College financial aid award letters are not standardized so they all look different, and they're confusing. Don't get burned. Here's what you should look for.

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  • 4 Reasons to File the FAFSA EarlyFebruary 2016

    Don't miss out on important financial aid awards by filing the FAFSA late or not at all. State and institutional aid is determined by the FAFSA -- you may qualify for help even if you don't qualify for federal aid.

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  • 11 Ideas to Get Your School ReadingJanuary 2016

    PTO groups can help make reading a life-long passion by supporting fun reading events. Here are ideas to jumpstart events at your school.

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  • Parents of High Schoolers: How Your "Base Year" Affects College Financial AidNovember 2015

    College financial aid is primarily based on your annual income, but assets are also accounted. Avoid these mistakes during your "base year."

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  • Education Tax Breaks Parents of College Students Should Know AboutNovember 2015

    If you have a new college student, you'll want to check out these tax credits. Also, a few ways to save for college.

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  • College Students: How to Conquer Exam Anxiety and Avoid a Nervous BreakdownOctober 2015

    College exams are stressful for any new student, but some people experience true test anxiety. Here's how to tell and what to do to conquer it.

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  • School Snack Rules: How Are PTOs Coping? October 2015

    Federal Smart Snacks legislation went into effect last year. Many schools have robust wellness policies in place and aren't affected, but others have had to give up valuable fundraising. Here's a snapshot of what's going on around the nation.

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  • How To Motivate Your Child in SchoolJune 2015

    We all wish our kids were naturally motivated to do their best in school. But motivation can't be forced. Tips for engaging your child.

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  • Why are Boys Lost in the School Shuffle?February 2015

    Boys have fallen behind their female classmates for myriad reasons. The picture is complex and individual to each boy, but generalizations can be made, including differences in male and female brains, increased academics at younger ages, less tolerance for active “boy” behavior, and boys disengaging if they start to feel stupid or can’t relate to class content.

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  • Common Core Assessment Testing: What Parents Should KnowJanuary 2015

    The new Common Core assessments are rolling out across the nation this spring (2015). Here's what schools are doing to help kids get ready.

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  • Making Your Playground Fun for AllOctober 2014

    Spending time on the school playground teaches kids skills they'll benefit from for life. Here's what experts say enhances kids' experience.

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  • Connecting Learning to the Real WorldJuly 2014

    For kids to keep their love of learning alive, it’s important for them to connect their academics to their lives outside the classroom. Here's how parents can help.

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  • Setting Goals for Student SuccessJuly 2014

    It's all too easy for parents to micromanage kids' school lives. Here's how to help your child set goals and develop good habits without taking over their process.

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  • How PTOs Make Their School Music Programs SingApril 2014

    School budgets have been hit hard in the last few years. Parent groups have stepped up to bridge the funding gap so kids can have music anyway. Here's what some groups are doing.

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  • Standards-Based Grading: What Parents Need to Know November 2013

    If you're confused about the symbols on your child's report card, you're not alone. Here's what they mean.

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  • Teacher Tips for Supporting Kids' LearningOctober 2012

    Teachers offer their tips to parents for supporting kids' academics at home and at school. Here's how to help your child.

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  • Activity: Fun Ways to Create a Love of ReadingOctober 2012

    Building reading skills in elementary school is crucial for kids to enjoy later successes. Tips here for making reading a fun family habit.

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  • How Important are Grades?July 2012

    It's easy to get caught up in grades, even if your school uses standards-based report cards. Read on for tips to keep your child's learning in perspective.

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  • Helping Kids Become Self StartersJuly 2012

    Every child needs to learn how to do homework independently, but sometimes parents' best intentions sabotage kids' efforts. Here's how you can help without getting in the way.

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  • Activity: Secretly Build Academic SkillsJuly 2012

    Here are a few fun activities to keep your child learning long after the homework is done.

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  • Activity: Helping Your Child's Fine-Motor ControlApril 2012

    Writing requires hand-eye coordination and fine-motor muscle development. Here are some fun ways to develop your child's hand strength and hand-eye coordination.

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  • Keeping Kids on Track with Their HomeworkApril 2012

    Is your elementary child procrastinating on homework? Here are a few reasons why kids put it off and tips to help families develop a homework routine.

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  • Handwriting Help for KidsApril 2012

    Kids struggle with handwriting for a variety of reasons. Learn more about fine-motor control development, what you can do to facilitate it, and when to seek help for your child.

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