Mike Brown

In his role at LendEDU, Mike uses data, usually from surveys and publicly-available resources, to identify emerging personal finance trends and tell unique stories. Mike’s work, featured in major outlets like The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, provides consumers with a personal finance measuring stick and can help them make informed finance decisions.

Articles by Mike Brown:

04
Oct
The Average Cost of Going to a Wedding in 2017

At the time of the publishing of this article, wedding season continues to move full-speed ahead .According to the personal wedding planning website The Knot, the most popular months for getting hitched are June, August, September, and October. If you are a fan of attending weddings that aren't yours, than this is the best time of […]

Posted in: Personal Finance,
03
Oct
Ranking Kansas Towns and Cities By Credit Score

Officially nicknamed "The Sunflower State," Kansas is the epitome of heartland America. While being the 15th-largest state by area, Kansas is only the 34th-most populous state in the United States. The result? A lot of open space that many Kansas residents use to plant crops and operate farming businesses.In recent years, Kansas has become one of the most [&

Posted in: Credit Scores,
29
Sep
Perkins Reauthorization Bill Blocked on Senate Floor

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) blocked the Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017 on Thursday. On Thursday, the Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017 was blocked on the Senate floor by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN).The bill, S. 1808, was introduced to the floor on September 14th by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and received […]

Posted in: National News, Student Loan News,
27
Sep
The 10 New Jersey Colleges With the Lowest Average Student Debt Per Borrower

According to LendEDU's College Student Loan Debt Rankings by State report for 2017, the prestigious Princeton University gives the average student loan borrower the least amount of education debt in the entire state of New Jersey.At Princeton University, the average student debtor owes $8,908 in student loan debt, which actually signifies a year-over-year increase of [&hel

Posted in: Regional News, Student Loan News,
27
Sep
More Than Half of Americans Think Equifax Should Lose Ability to Act as a Credit Bureau

On September 7th, Equifax, one of the three credit reporting agencies in the United States, announced that it had been the victim of a massive cyber-security breach that impacted roughly 143 million U.S. consumers.The cyber-attacks, which reportedly occurred between mid-May and July of 2017, involved cybercriminals getting their hands on personal data, including Soci

Posted in: Credit Scores,
27
Sep
Ranking Nevada Towns and Cities By Credit Score

On a global level, Nevada is known for being the home of Las Vegas, but there is a lot more to the Silver State than just "Sin City."Known as the "Silver State" for its large deposits of minerals, especially silver, Nevada is the fourth-largest producer of gold in the entire world. To this day, mining […]

Posted in: Credit Scores,
26
Sep
Which U.S. Colleges Make the Most Revenue From Applications?

Pictured above is the campus at Harvard University.For many college students, the midterm exams and research papers are the fun part.It's true. Pulling an all-nighter before the final to grasp that impossible Philosophy 101 concept is a cake-walk when compared to what you had to do to even get accepted into the school in the first place.That […]

Posted in: Study,
26
Sep
Ranking North Carolina Towns and Cities By Credit Score

First in flight and first in freedom, the state of North Carolina has always been an integral part of the United States.Despite only being the 28th largest state in the Union, North Carolina is the 9th most populous, a testament to its beautiful geography and strong economy. The Tar Heel State is the third most populated […]

Posted in: Credit Scores,
25
Sep
The 10 South Carolina Colleges With the Lowest Average Student Loan Debt Per Borrower

The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina gives the average student loan borrower $27,872 in student loan debt.Based off the data from LendEDU’s College Student Loan Debt Rankings by State report for 2017, Newberry College leaves the average student loan borrower from South Carolina the least amount of student loan debt.At Newberry College, the […]

Posted in: Regional News, Student Loan News,
25
Sep
How Are People Making Payments in 2017?

In 2017, there are more payment options available to consumers than at any other point in history. Seriously, the payment world is your oyster. Today, we have debit and credit cards, digital wallets like ApplePay, virtual currencies like Bitcoin, eChecks, and of course, the ole' reliable: cash. But, with the advent of more and more payment options, […]

Posted in: Personal Finance,