Rebecca Safier Education: Tufts University, Harvard University Location: Salem, Massachusetts Expertise: Student Loans, Budgeting, Saving, Credit Scores & Monitoring, Personal Loans, Financial Aid, College Planning Personal finance and student loan expert with more than seven years of experience.Certified student loan counselor with the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors (NACCC).Work has appeared on U.S. News & World Report, CBS News, and Business Insider. Experience Rebecca Safier is a personal finance writer and student loan counselor certified with the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors (NACCC). Formerly a senior writer for Student Loan Hero and LendingTree, she has written hundreds of articles, studies, and surveys on student debt, personal loans, and related topics. She has also conducted original reporting by interviewing financial experts and consumers.Rebecca’s work has been published in a variety of publications, including MarketWatch, U.S. News & World Report, CBS News, Business Insider, and The Huffington Post. She has also contributed expert commentary to Fortune, Money.com, Entrepreneur, MarketWatch, NBC, and other sites.Prior to her work in personal finance, Rebecca covered education for a test prep company and worked as a college counselor. Having guided dozens of students and their families through the college application process, she has firsthand insight into the challenges that come with college and financial planning.Rebecca is also the founder of Remote Bliss, where she teaches blogging strategies and SEO to new and intermediate bloggers through courses and other resources. Education Rebecca is certified as a student loan counselor with NACCC. She has her Master of Education in Adolescent Counseling from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in English from Tufts University. Prior to her work as a personal finance writer, Rebecca gained her state teaching licensure in ESL and TEFL certificate to teach English to international students. About The Balance The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.