Finance Writer and College Admission Expert


B.A., Central College, Pella, Iowa


College admission process, Financial aid, General finance topics


  • Articles have appeared on Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, The Journal of College Admission, Bankrate, HigherEducation, Niche, InvestorPlace, Wealthsimple, and more 
  • Degree in communication studies and minors in Spanish and psychology from Central College in Pella, Iowa
  • Titles range from admission counselor to senior associate director of admission


Melissa has written for Yahoo! Finance, MSN Money, The Journal of College Admission and other publications. She also 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. 

In 2017, while working in admission, Melissa pursued a freelance writing and editing career. 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.


Melissa graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in communication studies with minors in psychology and Spanish from Central College. She's a longtime member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC).