Jill A. Chafin

Staff Writer

  • Expertise: Personal finance, small business loans
  • Education: Whitireia Community Polytechnic, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Jill A. Chafin is a staff writer at LendingTree, where she covers a variety of personal finance and small business topics. Her work has appeared on the Motley Fool’s Blueprint, How-to Geek’s Life Savvy, as well as her own blog.

Before joining LendingTree, Jill spent 20+ years as a freelance writer and editor. She has received multiple awards for her creative writing, with pieces published in literary anthologies such as the Personal Story Publishing Project. She has experience running her own business and loves helping others pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Jill earned a writing certification from the Whitireia Community Polytechnic in New Zealand and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Articles by Jill A. Chafin

How Much Student Loan Debt Is Too Much?

While student loans can help pay for college, they can become burdensome if you borrow too much. But how much student debt is too much?... read more

What Happens When a Student Loan Cosigner Dies?

A cosigner assumes legal responsibility to pay a debt if the primary borrower can’t make payments. But what happens if a cosigner on a student... read more

How U.S. Students Can Get Student Loans for International Schools

If you want to earn all or part of your degree in another country, federal student loans might help cover some expenses. The type of... read more

SBA Minority Loans and Other Funding Options

Of the two million new businesses launched in the U.S. over the past decade, over 50% are owned by minorities. Despite this increasing trend, many... read more

Small Business Retirement Plans: Which One Is Right For You?

Investing in a small business retirement plan can help you save for your future while unlocking immediate tax benefits. If you have employees, offering an... read more

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