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Sarah Sheehan, MAT

Sarah Sheehan is a writer, educator, and analyst who focuses on the impact of health, gender, and geography on financial equity. Her ultimate goal? To live beyond the confines of chasing the next dollar—and to teach everyone else how to do the same.

About Sarah Sheehan, MAT

Current Role

Personal finance writer


  • Tax Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Debt Management

Certifications & Degrees

  • MAT
  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Western Carolina University
  • Bachelor’s degree in international studies from the Western Carolina University
  • Bachelor’s degree in English from the Western Carolina University
  • Master’s degree in teaching from the Mercer University

Personal Finance Experience

Before finding her way to finance, Sarah taught in public and language schools in Georgia and Virginia. Despite having a stable salary, her long-term financial outlook seemed rather bleak—and she just couldn’t accept that.

Sarah turned to freelance finance writing to supplement her income and scratch a growing entrepreneurial itch. She soon specialized in writing about how taxes, retirement planning, and debt affect us on scales small and large. Now, she’s an in-house writer for LendEDU, where she continues the important work of making realistic financial education accessible and actionable for the people who need it most.

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Can I Use a HELOC to Pay Off My Mortgage?

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