Elyssa Kirkham

  • Nearly a decade of specialized experience as a personal finance journalist
  • Has written for The Balance, LendingTree, Student Loan Hero, GOBankingRates, and other prominent financial publications


Elyssa started her career in personal finance journalism with GOBankingRates, where she wrote hundreds of educational articles on a variety of financial topics. She then developed a specialty in explaining education debt and financing as a writer for Student Loan Hero and LendingTree. Since 2019, she has been writing about student loan issues for The Balance. 


Elyssa holds a B.A. in English from Brigham-Young University - Idaho.


About The Balance and Dotdash

The Balance makes personal finance easy to understand. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on managing your money. Whether you’re looking to invest, buy a home, save for retirement, or achieve another financial goal, The Balance will answer your questions with straightforward personal financial advice.

The Balance is part of the Dotdash publishing family. For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the internet, according to comScore, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.