How We Make Money
(Affiliate and Advertising Disclosure)
The College Investor may be compensated through third party advertisers, also know as affiliates. However, the results of our financial services tools, blog content and reviews are based on objective analysis, regardless of compensation.
The College Investor also strives to keep its information accurate and up to date. This information we present may be different than what you see when you visit a financial institution, service provider or specific product’s site. All financial products, shopping products and services are presented without warranty. We do our best to maintain updated information on all products and services we cover, but given the fast changing digital environment, it is hard to do in all circumstances.
In order to provide consumers with transparency and in that spirit, we would like to share how we make money. Some of the financial institutions with products on our site may pay us a referral fee when customers get approved for certain products. Other companies may sponsor a review of their product or service – whereby we provide an objective review, and they compensate us for our time. Finally, we also sell display advertising, both directly and through third parties such as Google AdSense.
When you click to apply for certain products and services through our site, we may receive compensation from the company that issues that product. This compensation enables us to maintain our growing site, and provide current content, many of which we don’t receive compensation for. It also helps us support our team, who research and stay up-to-date on the latest news and offerings for you.
The analysis and opinions on our site are those of The College Investor and follow our guidelines to ensure editorial integrity. We believe you are entitled to fair and accurate information, regardless of compensation involved.
We appreciate your trust in using our site for information and using our links to apply for products. We strive to be transparent about which products we receive compensation for.
Please see below for a list of some of the financial institutions that we are partners with (this list is not inclusive of all partners due to the changing nature of our partners and the fact that some partners may be third-parties who maintain other relationships beyond our own):
- Citizens Bank
- College Backer
- Credit Karma
- Credit Sesame
- H&R Block
- Laurel Road
- Lending Club
- Lending Tree
- M1 Financial
- Personal Capital
- Splash Financial
- Student Loan Planner
- Survey Junkie
- Survey Sampling
- Swell Investing
- TD Ameritrade
If you have any questions about our affiliate and advertising relationships, please feel free to ask.