Melissa Brock Expertise: Personal Finance and College Admission Expert Title: Freelance writer/editor and owner of the site College Money Tips Education: Central College, Iowa Highlights Articles have appeared on Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, Entrepreneur, MarketBeat, the Journal of College Admission, and more Writes about complex investing and finance topics Worked in college admission for 12 years, working her way up to senior associate director of admission Experience Melissa developed her website, College Money Tips, to help families navigate the college journey. She connects with a wide-reaching audience through her site, through an upcoming digital course and the myriad of publications for which she writes. Melissa worked as senior money editor at Benzinga, a fintech company that covers actionable trading ideas and market news, for four years. She wrote about and edited topics related to trading and investing, personal finance, cryptocurrency, mortgages, and insurance. She helped develop the team's lead gen content from the ground up.She currently works as a freelance writer and full-time financial editor covering higher education, investing, personal finance, mortgages, college savings, insurance and more. Melissa also writes SEO-driven blog-style copy for independent educational (college) consultants. 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.