Patricia Roberts

Education Savings Champion

Patricia Roberts has helped thousands of families avoid millions of dollars in student loan debt over the past 25 years by sharing her expertise about planning ahead for higher education expenses with 529 plans. She is author of Route 529: A Parent's Guide to Saving for College and Career Training with 529 Plans, a book she wrote to inspire even more individuals to have healthier financial outcomes when it comes to paying for higher education.

In her current role as Chief Operating Officer at Gift of College, Inc., she helps employers reduce employee stress and improve attraction, retention, and engagement by offering 529 college savings, ABLE (disability savings) and tax-free student loan assistance as financial wellness benefits.

Patricia is a go-to resource for the media, employers, membership groups, and others desiring education on college and disability savings strategies. She has been featured on CNBC, Good Morning America, and other programs and networks across the U.S., on many podcasts including SO Money, and in publications including Forbes, Money, US News & World Report, USA Today, Real Simple, and many others.

Patricia's background as a first-generation student who repaid over $75,000 in student loan debt motivates her to help others achieve higher education with as little financial stress as possible. She is the proud mom of a recent debt-free college grad, having saved a little at a time directly from her paycheck at work into a 529 college savings plan.

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