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Patricia Roberts, Gift of College COO, Talks 529’s / Saving for College

We’re joined on the Starline by a motivational speaker and author. Patricia is a life-long learner who understands the doors higher education can open. If you have a student not yet in college my guest today can help you. She’s the Chief Operating Officer of Gift of College

We welcome Patricia Roberts.

Exactly, let’s go Beyond the Mic, September is college savings month. You financed your own undergraduate and law degrees while working multiple jobs to repay your own student loan debt. How important in these challenging financial times are saving for college early important for our children?

You’ve worked at Citi, Merrill Lynch, founding director for NYC Kids RISE, why was leveraging your experience in 529 plans important to you?

And not only has it helped you with your education but with your families education…

How does a 529 work?

Patricia Roberts is the Chief Operating Officer of Gift of College. You’re the expert how does a 529 plan work?

Is the money you put into a 529 plan taxed before or after you put it in?

What are the most creative ways you’ve seen people use 529 plans? Wow

Giftofcollege dot com is the website, Patricia Roberts joins me Beyond the Mic. My son has some of his classes online and some in person at the University of Cincinnati. With COVID-19 affecting college students around the world, how do student get the best bang for their buck?

Are 529 plans available to be tapped for overseas opportunities or semesters abroad?

Patricia, what are some easy ways that people can help save for college that you can even pick up at a Wal-Mart?

The Rockin’ 8

Time is running out, so it’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.

There is no Pressure.

1. Best place to enjoy a moment in New York?

2. What profession do you respect the most?

3. What’s one thing you won’t pay extra for?

4. Which holiday is your favorite?

5. Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?

6. Favorite moment during quarantine?

7. Walmart or Target?

8. Are you a giver or a receiver?

Do you know around how many families you’ve helped in your career get a college education?

She won’t pay a dime for parking, helped tens of thousands of families with college and wants to help your family with information at giftofcollege dot com. My thanks to Chief Operating Officer Patricia Roberts for your time today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

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