How One Couple Is Funding College for Their Four Kids

Matt and Suellen Sharp are hoping to help their quadruplets graduate from college with as little debt as possible.

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Matt Sharp graduated from college debt-free, and he believes that gave him a considerable leg up when he started his career. “I bought a condo right out of college. I certainly would not have been able to do that had I been servicing college debt,” says Sharp, 38, who lives in Columbus, Ohio. So when he and his wife, Suellen, 36, had quadruplets in 2013, they opened an Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 college-savings plan for each daughter. Matt, an actuary for an insurance company, and Suellen, a part-time occupational therapist, have accumulated about $60,000 in each plan so far, with a goal of eventually saving enough to allow their children to exit college debt-free.

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Lisa Gerstner
Editor, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine

Lisa has been the editor of Kiplinger Personal Finance since June 2023. Previously, she spent more than a decade reporting and writing for the magazine on a variety of topics, including credit, banking and retirement. She has shared her expertise as a guest on the Today Show, CNN, Fox, NPR, Cheddar and many other media outlets around the nation. Lisa graduated from Ball State University and received the school’s “Graduate of the Last Decade” award in 2014. A military spouse, she has moved around the U.S. and currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons.