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
27% of Americans Saw Credit Scores Actually Go Up Amid Pandemic
A new NerdWallet survey finds that more than a quarter of Americans (27%) report that their credit scores have gone up since the start of the pandemic. An additional 14% report their scores have worsened.
3 Common Credit Myths That Could Damage Your Score
A NerdWallet survey finds that Americans have misconceptions about credit that could hurt their credit scores.
How to Start Saving for Your Kids’ College
A survey finds that 20% of parents of minor children haven’t started saving for their kids' college, but want to.
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.
40% Say Their Financial Health Is Worse Now Than Pre-Pandemic
The NerdWallet survey also found that 21% of Americans say their financial health is better than before the pandemic.
2021 American Household Credit Card Debt Study
The second year of the pandemic has made it clear that financial recovery will be slow for many, as the cost of living keeps rising while average household income has fallen.
What Factors Drive Car Insurance Rates? 63% of Americans Got It Wrong
Just half of Americans think credit history is used by insurance companies to calculate auto insurance rates, according to a new NerdWallet survey.