Students who write for the College Connect blog describe their own experiences handling and managing money and credit.

The blog writers attend Arizona State University, the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. This personal finance blog project is funded by Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).


Spring 2021

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia

College Credit: How Credit Cards Help and Hurt Students
By Ian Allen
College students face a unique financial situation: they put a steady income on hold and instead spend an average of over $35,000 annually for their education according to EducationData.org. Read more…

Car Insurance Considerations for Young Drivers
By Caroline Ballard
Car insurance for young adults and teenagers is historically more expensive than it is for those over the age of 30, according to an article published on Bankrate.com. Read more…

Understanding the hidden costs of attending college
By Alex Bavosa
Jack Donovan, a junior political science major at the University of Georgia, is a part of UGA’s Army ROTC program, which means he’s not the typical student when it comes to paying for college. Read more…

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The Commonwealth Fund grant focused on the intersection of public health and the economy

SABEW recently wrapped up a 12-month grant period during which we offered nine training sessions that largely focused on covering Covid-19. The pandemic highlighted the critical role business journalists play in covering the intersection of public health and the economy.

The Commonwealth Fund provided a $28,142 grant for training to help members report on the impact of shutting down the economy on businesses and citizens, how economics and epidemiology can work in harmony or be at odds, and how health insurers report big profits, benefiting from the pandemic.

The grant paid for our Feb. 2020 COVID-19 Deep Dive Virtual Symposium with five webinars covering vaccine development and policy, racial disparities and impediments to vaccination, and story ideas.

The grant also covered two virtual sessions at our Nov. 2020 conference about the Supreme Court and ACA and using the John Hopkins Covid-19 Virus Tracker.

Finally, we wrapped up the grant cycle with webinars about the vaccine rollout and a discussion of how/when we will get back to the workplace.

We’re deeply grateful for The Commonwealth Fund’s partnership.