Welcome Aboard!

Welcome aboard and congratulations. You’ve decided to learn about saving and investing for college and career training through 529 college savings plans—likely because you have someone in your life who will want to pursue further education after high school. You may be a parent, a parent-to-be, a grandparent, aunt or uncle, a teacher or guidance counselor, a trusted advisor, an employer, or family friend—or you may be someone who wants to start or continue education or career training for yourself.

Like me, you may be someone who feels that higher education is one of the most direct paths to a rewarding life. Whoever you are and wherever you are in your journey, you’ve come to a great place to gather valuable information about preparing for higher education expenses with 529 college savings plans. It’s never too early or too late to start.

With some knowledge about 529 plans, as well as commitment and planning on your part, you and your future student(s) do not have to wind up in significant educational debt. And you certainly don't need to go it alone. There's a different way to go -- and that's why I named the book, Route 529

I’m happy to have you travel with me as we explore this topic together.
Why I Wrote Route 529

What You'll Learn

  • Valuable information on how easy-to-use and effective 529 college savings plans can be for investing in a loved one’s future;
  • Inspiration to get started and simple steps to stay on track no matter where you are in your education savings journey;
  • Strategies to avoid student loan debt by making smart moves on the road to college and career training;
  • Peace of mind and so much more!

About the Author

While Patricia Roberts has helped tens of thousands of families prepare for the cost of higher education through her work with 529 college savings plans over the past 20 years, she is determined to help even more.
With recent surveys suggesting that nearly 65% of Americans are unfamiliar with 529 plans and with student debt in the U.S. hovering around $1.6 trillion, Patricia decided to use some spare time during this period of social distancing to write an easy-to-understand guide for those with future students in their lives so that they can become aware of the existence and usefulness of these plans.
In her favorite role of all (as a mom), Patricia saved a little at a time with 529 college savings plans directly from her paycheck. She was thrilled to see her son graduate debt free from college.

She wants others to understand just how easy to use and versatile these plans can be and wants others to experience the peace of mind and sense of accomplishment that comes with being prepared for higher education costs. 
With a touch of inspiration and by incorporating aspects of her own journey and those of others who have used 529 plans, Patricia has created an informative and uplifting guide. She not only explains exactly how to use these accounts, she busts a variety of common myths about them, and she also provides useful strategies for making the most of available time leading up to higher learning. She explains why it is never too early or too late to start saving and investing.
Patricia’s traveled Route 529® and knows it well -- and you will enjoy having her as your guide.

To learn more about 529 plans, to have Patricia speak at your event or workshop or to request an interview, contact:  info@route529.com

Presentation and interview topics include:

  • 529 Plan Basics: What Every Parent & Grandparent Needs to Know
  • The Value of 529 Plans as Financial Wellness Benefit in the Workplace
  • Myth Busting: The Truth about 529 College Savings Plans
  • ABLE Plan Basics
  • Addressing the Student Loan Crisis with 529 Plans
  • Rallying Friends & Family to Join You on Your Savings Journey
  • Small Steps to Big Change
  • Financial Literacy Starts at Home
  • A Trusted Advisor's Role in Planning for Higher Education Expenses
  • The Role of Mindset in Saving for Long-Term Goals
  • The Why and How of Employer-Sponsored Student Loan Repayment & 529 Support
  • ABLE Plans and Financial Independence for the Disabled
  • Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be: Strategies for Success

What people are saying about Route 529®

Valuable information that ALL parents need! No one is better at explaining 529 college savings plans in understandable terms to other parents than Patricia Roberts. Her encouragement and expertise are priceless!”

-Melissa Musen Gerstein, Co-Founder of the multi-media company, the MOMS
“This book is your detailed road map for saving for higher education. There is not a better vehicle to confidently make the trip than the 529 college savings account. Patricia and I KNOW that it is far better to save today than to borrow tomorrow.”

-Young Boozer, former Alabama State Treasurer and former Chair of the College Savings Plans Network
“The vast majority of parents who I’ve met over the years have regretted not saving enough for college. Many don’t understand the best way to prepare. This book is an excellent and indispensable resource to make the smartest moves with 529 plans!”

-Lynn O’Shaughnessy, nationally recognized higher ed expert and best-selling author of The College Solution

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A Parent's Guide to Saving for College and Career Training with 529 Plans

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