Des Toups was a lead assigning editor who supported the student loans and auto loans teams. He had decades of experience in personal finance journalism, exploring everything from car insurance to bankruptcy to couponing to side hustles.
- Previous experience: MSN.com, Insurance.com, The Seattle Times, the Anchorage Daily News, the Albuquerque Journal, the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph
The latest from Des
College Enrollment Is Down, but Here’s Why You Should Still Go
College enrollment has yet to rebound to pre-pandemic levels, but a degree is still worth it in the long run.
How Is a Student Loan Different From a Scholarship?
You don’t have to repay scholarship money, while student loan repayment comes with interest.
Who Owns My Student Loans?
Find and connect with your student loan servicer to determine who owns your loan and the benefits available to you.
Here’s Where the Student Loan Lawsuits Stand
The Supreme Court is expected to decide the fate of Biden's plan to cancel up to $20,000 per borrower by late June.
Unlock the College Financial Aid You Need This School Year
Those who submit the FAFSA early stand the best chance at getting free money for school.
20% of Parents Want to Save for Child’s College, but Haven’t Started
A survey found that 1 in 5 U.S. parents of children under 18 say they haven’t yet started saving for their children’s college education, but they want to.
Relief Coming for Sweet v. Cardona Borrowers After Final Settlement Approval
With a major legal roadblock cleared, defrauded borrowers are finally set to receive relief.
Finding a Second-Chance Auto Loan
Borrowers with bad credit may turn to second-chance auto loans to buy a car and possibly restore their credit.
Tips for Buying a Used Car From a Private Seller
Buying a car from a private party is more complex, but there are ways to make the process smoother and safer.
‘Fresh Start’: What Student Loan Borrowers in Default Need to Know
If you defaulted on federal student loans before the pandemic, sign up for the Fresh Start program to get them back into good standing.