About LendEDU

Who We Are

In August 2014, our co-founders ran into a problem: they had an extremely difficult time comparing student loans to pay for their college educations. Who is the best company? What does all of this jargon mean? How much will this loan cost me?

Since they couldn’t find the help they were looking for, they decided to create a solution themselves. That solution came to be known as LendEDU.

LendEDU started off as just an information site and marketplace for private student loans and student loan refinancing. Since then, LendEDU has expanded into a number of products and now helps people compare and learn about student loans, personal loans, mortgages, home equity loans, credit cards, insurance, small business loans, and more.

Our goal is to help consumers and business owners make educated decisions when it comes to financial products and strategies without having to do all the legwork themselves.

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Media Inquiries

LendEDU is happy to share our experts and original finance data with members of the media. To request access to our research, or to schedule an interview with someone at LendEDU, please email Mike Brown, LendEDU's Director of Communications, at [email protected].

All general media inquiries should also be directed to Mike.

How We Help

As mentioned, our goal is to help consumers and business owners make educated financial decisions. So how do we do this?

Free guides

We have over 3,000 free articles about the financial products mentioned above. These include roundups of the best companies, reviews of financial products, and in-depth informational guides that walk you through exactly how these products work and what you need to know about them.

These guides are created and reviewed by multiple members of our editorial team including experienced writers and editors, many of whom have firsthand experience with the products mentioned.

Editorial ratings

Our editorial staff has spent thousands of hours researching financial products in order to create objective ratings for the financial products discussed on our site.

We collect data about these products and rate them all relative to each other so our readers know which are the best for certain situations. We consider various data points such as interest rates, fees, repayment terms, benefits offered, and more.

Note that our partners cannot pay for higher ratings. You can learn more about our editorial ratings here.

Calculators

Our free calculators help you understand the math behind your personal financial situation. By customizing the inputs to match your information, you can better understand what specific financial products may make sense for you and how much they will cost over time.

Here are some examples of our calculators: IBR Calculator, Mortgage Calculator, Student Loan Refinance Calculator.

Data-driven studies & surveys

At LendEDU, we love to collect and use both publically-available and survey data to uncover the financial behavior of consumers, offer recommendations, and understand the biggest financial challenges our readers face.

To date, we have published over 250 studies covering a wide range of financial topics. From the best colleges for financial aid to how Americans spend their monthly income to why millennials aren’t becoming homeowners, we have dug into the topics we cover every day to better understand them and help our readers.

Our research has been covered by hundreds of news outlets including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The New York Times, CNBC, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Business Insider, Fox Business, and more.

You can learn more about our studies and research here.

Where Else You Can Find LendEDU

Our Initiatives

  • One Tree Planted

    Starting in late 2016, LendEDU partnered with One Tree Planted to help with global reforestation and to make our Earth a better place. To date, LendEDU has planted thousands of trees with One Tree Planted to help make our planet more sustainable and healthy because, at the end of the day, it's all we have (for now!)

  • LendEDU Scholarship

    Every Fall and Spring, we offer two $1,000 scholarships to two high school or college students in the United States to help them pay for college and avoid excess student debt. The scholarship winners are chosen based on the required essays that they submit. Prompts usually relate to managing money during and after college. Check here for more information.

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We are hiring dynamic and results-oriented individuals who want to help people improve their financial future.

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FAQ

Why should I use LendEDU

LendEDU does the legwork in researching financial products so you don’t have to. From our roundups of the best lenders and companies to our informational guides that walk you through confusing topics, we have thousands of posts that cover a wide range of topics.

Is LendEDU a lender?

LendEDU is not a lender. We are a personal finance information site that conducts in-depth research on financial products and topics to help our readers make the best decisions.

How does LendEDU make money?

LendEDU is compensated by some of the companies seen on our website. Most often, we receive compensation when our readers click to, apply for, or take out a financial product from one of our partners.

Rest assured that any compensation we may receive comes at no extra cost to you. You will not pay more for a financial product by using LendEDU versus going directly to a company’s website.

This compensation may impact where products appear on our site (including, for example, which cards are shown on pages and the order in which partners appear in tables), but partners cannot pay us to guarantee favorable reviews or ratings, or for inclusion in editorial content.

We vet all potential partners to make sure they are reputable, offer good products, and treat their customers fairly.

You can see our advertising partners here and learn more about how we make money here.

What products does LendEDU help with?

LendEDU has content about a wide (and growing) variety of financial products including student loans, personal loans, insurance, credit cards, mortgages, home equity loans, small business loans, auto loans, investing products, bank accounts, tax products, credit score products, scholarships, and more.