Andrew Pentis

Andrew is a Senior Writer at LendingTree, the parent company of Student Loan Hero and MagnifyMoney. As a trained journalist and certified student loan counselor, Andrew writes about paying for college and repaying education debt.


Andrew has covered the cost of higher education and other personal finance topics, starting with ValuePenguin in 2015. His work has appeared in more than 40 publications, from Lifehacker and U.S. News & World Report to Marketwatch. He also pens an “Ask the Expert” column for In addition, Andrew previously worked in marketing for a leading online lender where he got to see behind the curtain. He’s also been quoted as a student loan expert, including on NBC News, CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance and Kiplinger.


Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in print journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School (thanks, in part, to $11,000 worth of scholarships). He was named his graduating class’s “Most Outstanding Undergraduate.” More recently, Andrew earned his student loan counselor certification from the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors. Before that, he guided a student through the financial aid process, thanks to the iMentor program. In the time since, Andrew has enjoyed helping family, friends and anyone else who asks for help managing their education debt. His “Ask a Hero” column appears on Student Loan Hero — and he’s always accepting reader questions at [email protected]