Elyssa Kirkham

Personal finance, student loans, consumer credit
Brigham-Young University - Idaho


  • Elyssa Kirkham has nearly a decade of focused experience as a personal finance journalist
  • She specializes in student loans, student loan issues, and consumer credit
  • Elyssa has published widely in personal finance, having written for The Balance, LendingTree, Student Loan Hero, GOBankingRates, and others


Elyssa started her career in personal finance journalism with GOBankingRates, where she wrote hundreds of educational articles on a variety of financial topics. She leveraged those efforts into a specialty in explaining education debt and financing as a writer for Student Loan Hero and LendingTree.

Since she went freelance in 2019, she has been writing about student loans, consumer credit, and other personal finance topics for The Balance and other outlets. 


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

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