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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Most Recent Articles

October 14, 2011
Reciprocity agreements would make the U.S. government's "state authorization" rule less burdensome for institutions and state agencies, but agreeing on standards could be hard.
October 12, 2011
The broad authority of the deficit "super committee," and its secrecy, have presented challenges for college groups hoping to protect student aid, research and other higher ed priorities.
October 10, 2011
As details emerge on Republican plans to cut Pell Grant spending, many say it could be worse, while community colleges see a "body blow."
September 30, 2011
House's proposed budget for 2012 would keep maximum Pell Grant at $5,550, but change rules so fewer students are eligible. Bill would boost funds for NIH.
September 29, 2011
A federal panel asking whether Higher Education Act regulations are burdensome got an earful.
September 28, 2011
Proposed rule would ease requirements for approval for new vocational programs.
September 26, 2011
In unusual case of prosecution related to a campus protest, students sentenced to probation and community service.
September 21, 2011
A Senate panel approved an Education Department budget that would sustain the maximum Pell Grant in part by ending subsidized interest during student loans' grace period.
September 20, 2011
New requirement that colleges display "net price calculators" could reshape tuition pricing, financial aid policies and admissions -- or maybe not.
September 13, 2011
Percentage of student loan borrowers failing to repay rises by 1.8 points from 2008 to 2009, with the biggest jump among those from for-profit colleges.


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