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

August 1, 2011
A last-minute compromise debt deal appears to have kept Pell Grants largely intact, but leaves plenty of uncertainty going forward.
August 1, 2011
WASHINGTON -- A Senate bill that would encourage the growth of alternative training programs for teachers and principals, some of which would not be based at colleges or universities but would have the authority to give certificates considered the equivalent of master’s degrees, has come under fire from higher education organizations that argue Congress should focus on higher education institutions in efforts to improve teacher quality.
July 28, 2011
A pilot program looks at whether disbursing financial aid for living expenses every two weeks might make students more likely to stay enrolled.
July 27, 2011
As Aug. 2 deadline for increasing the federal debt limit nears, no one seems to know what will happen to federal student aid payouts if a deal is not reached. Agencies are mum.
July 26, 2011
Veterans at private colleges that charge more than the new $17,500 tuition cap for benefits would receive funds through graduation, but those paying out-of-state tuition at public institutions would still face higher costs.
July 22, 2011
Senate roundtable features continued criticism of the sector -- and continued pushback against more regulation.
July 21, 2011
Aid officers consider how they can help the growing population of homeless students.
July 19, 2011
At annual gathering, financial aid administrators say they are exasperated by the constantly changing regulatory environment of recent years.
July 18, 2011
With U.S. preparing shift to 3-year rate, student aid administrators discuss why students default on their loans -- and what can be done to stop them before the institutions suffer consequences, too.
July 13, 2011
A GOP proposal in talks to raise the federal debt limit would end the subsidized student loan program for undergraduates.


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