Erin El Issa writes data-driven studies about personal finance, credit cards, travel, investing, banking and student loans. She loves numbers and aims to demystify data sets to help consumers improve their financial lives. Before becoming a Nerd in 2014, she worked as a tax accountant and freelance personal finance writer. Erin's work has been cited by The New York Times, CNBC, the "Today" show, Forbes and elsewhere. In her spare time, Erin reads voraciously and tries in vain to keep up with her two kids. She is based in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
- Education: B.B.A. in accounting from Cleveland State University
- Previous experience: Tax accountant
The latest from Erin
College-Bound Grads Could Exit With $38K Student Loan Debt
There are a number of ways to cut down on the amount borrowed for a bachelor's degree before, during and after college.
Piles of Points, Miles Could Ease the Return to Travel
A new survey reveals how Americans’ credit card use changed during the pandemic. Those accumulated rewards could help cover costs for a vacation, which most say they plan to take this year.
How to Adjust Your Credit Card Strategy for 2021 Travel
A new survey finds many Americans are planning trips this year. Credit card spending rewards can help cover costs.
Do You Know What Your Investments Are? Most Americans Don’t
A new NerdWallet survey shows that many Americans don't know the types of investments they have in their accounts.
3 Money Habits to Carry Forward From the Pandemic Era
According to a new survey, 78% of Americans report that the pandemic spurred them to take financial action.
2020 American Household Credit Card Debt Study
Average household income is up and credit card debt is down — but as with everything else in 2020, there’s more to the story. Digging deeper, our survey finds some Americans are doing better financially but many more aren’t.
How to Make Debt Less Costly When You Need It in a Crisis
Americans have taken on more debt as the pandemic brought widespread job and income losses, according to a survey.
Change of Plans: How the Pandemic Disrupts Holiday Travel
More than two-thirds of Americans who had December holiday travel plans (68%) say these plans have been affected by the pandemic, according to a new NerdWallet survey.
How Urgent Is Life Insurance for Americans? That Depends on COVID
Among the 55% of Americans who say they have life insurance, a quarter say they purchased or increased life insurance coverage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a NerdWallet survey finds.
Changed Travel Plans on the Menu This Thanksgiving
Three in 5 U.S. adults who had Thanksgiving travel plans say these plans have been affected by the pandemic, according to a NerdWallet survey.
Pause in Student Loan Payments Helps Borrowers Pay for Necessities
A third of Americans with federal student loans in automatic forbearance are using the break from their monthly bill to cover items like food and rent, a NerdWallet survey finds.
Your Credit History Opens Doors — Here’s How to Build It
About 13% of Americans in a survey said that they don’t have a credit history, and some don't know how to get started.
Americans’ Relationship With Credit Cards: It’s Complicated, Survey Reveals
Credit card sentiment is divided — while 51% of Americans describe credit cards as helpful, 26% view them as dangerous.