Libby A. Nelson

Libby A. Nelson has covered federal policy, Congress and religious colleges for Inside Higher Ed since April 2011. She previously worked as a reporter for The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Pa., and as an intern at the Chronicle of Higher Education, where she reported on the federal government in 2009 and 2010. While studying at Northwestern University, she worked as a reporting intern for the New York Times, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times. She graduated from Northwestern in 2009 with a degree in journalism. She is fluent in French.

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August 16, 2012
People with student loans to repay, on average, might not qualify for mortgages because they have too much debt, according to a report  the advocacy group Young Invincibles released Tuesday. The group said that the average single debtor, with consumer debt, student loans and a mortgage, would have a debt-to-income ratio of nearly 50 percent -- too high to qualify for many mortgages.
August 16, 2012
DePaul has gone further than most of its peers to embrace interfaith cooperation, which the college considers to be part of its Catholic mission.
August 15, 2012
A federal program meant to encourage minority students to pursue Ph.D.s is facing funding cuts that could lead to the loss of one-third of campus programs.
August 14, 2012
Net price calculators were meant to make what students actually pay for college more transparent. But advocates worry that some are misleading students about how much they will really pay. 
August 13, 2012
Romney's running mate is architect of a budget plan that would impose deep cuts on research and financial aid.
August 13, 2012
Relatively few Christian colleges are still led by presidents who are also ministers. Two colleges recently hired their first leaders who haven't previously led a church.
August 9, 2012
Campus debit card company Higher One will pay $11 million in restitution to students in a settlement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. over its fees, the FDIC announced Wednesday. The campus banking company, which specializes in providing debit cards for financial aid refunds to students, will also change the way it charges fees. The FDIC said Higher One violated federal law in several of its overdraft fee practices. About 60,000 students paid the fines between 2008 and 2011.
August 7, 2012
The seminary at North Park University, a Christian college in Chicago, is encouraging its students to pursue business degrees in addition to their theological studies.
August 3, 2012
Evangelical college in Illinois says it covered emergency contraception -- which it considers tantamount to abortion -- inadvertently until uproar over federal birth control mandate began. But late change complicates its legal position.
August 2, 2012
WASHINGTON — The American Council on Education has


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