Our Mission

"We will solve and prevent the student debt crisis with increased transparency, information and technology that is easy to use."
Peter Sims
President

Our History

Fred Amrein is the founder of PayForED.  He saw the lack of information available for parents and students to fully understand how to pay for college.  The current process was resulting in higher debt for most student loan borrowers and confusion regarding their student loan repayment options.

“We develop software solutions that help, prevent and solve the student debt crisis. Our answers will improve the financial lives of millions of people today and in their financial future.”
Fred Amrein
CEO / Founder

In late 2015, Fred partnered with a software development company to develop a cloud-based suite of solutions to address the college affordability and student loan problem.  The platform used his customized spreadsheets as a foundation.  These programs were used to help thousands of college funding and student loan repayment customers. 

The national launch of the entire PayForED software platform occurred in 2018.  This launch also included a complete financial advisor training program (College Funding and Student Loan Advisor) which was awarded the CFP CE Quality Partner Status. 

PayForED is the first company to have a complete technology platform built to help families navigate the entire college funding and student loan repayment journey.

We are passionate about providing the right tools, information and transparency to prevent and solve the student debt crisis.

Phil Evans

Our Team

Fred Amrein

CEO / Founder

Fred is a nationally recognized expert in the college funding and student loan repayment process. He has over 30 years of combined corporate finance, technology and personal financial planning expertise that merges into his unique approach to help students and parents envision the financial outcome of a college education. Fred developed the first comprehensive college funding and student loan repayment software suite. He brings together the financial aid process, college savings plans, educational strategies, student financing and loan repayment options. His mission in founding PayForED is to prevent and solve the student debt crisis.

Fred has a BS in Accounting and Marketing and an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University. He is a former board member of the National College Advocacy Group (NCAC). As an expert in his field, Fred is the author of a book and various CFP approved training programs. He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, US News, as well as other national publications. Fred is married and has three daughters who are all college graduates. He enjoys golf and tennis in his free time.

Peter Sims

President

Peter is building on his 29 years of experience in the financial services industry to drive the success of the areas of business development, marketing, and expansion for PayForED.   He started his career as a Registered Investment Advisor and later become a Senior Vice President while at Fidelity Investments. After joining Lincoln Financial Group, Peter held many executive roles including Head of Investment Sales (Delaware Investments), Head of Wire and Bank Annuity Sales and Head of Small Market Retirement. He most recently was Co-Founder of ENSPIRE Investments.

Peter graduated from Boston College with a BS in Business Administration and is a member of SIFMA (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) and holds AIF and CFSLA designations. Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and coaching his children’s football and lacrosse teams.

Michael Lilley

EVP, Head of Institutional Distribution

Mike brings 25+ years of employee benefits experience to PayForED, where he has worked with large employers to help them strategize to provide competitive, state of the art benefits programs that attract and retain the best employees. Mike co-founded two benefit consulting firms in the Philadelphia area. One of the firms, Evolution Benefits Consulting, was acquired by Willis Towers Watson in 2015. Mike brings his comprehensive understanding of the benefits industry to PayForED as he focuses on continuing growth in the Institutional and Financial Wellness markets.

Mike has a BS in Finance from Boston College. He is married with four children and enjoys U.S. History and coaching youth sports.

Fred Amrein

CEO / Founder

Peter Sims

President

Michael Lilley

EVP Head of Institutional sales

Gerrie Amrein

Data Quality / Website Content

Megan Kane

Client / Business Relationships

Kelly Remmey

Data Analytics / Quality Control

Kristin Sims

Controller

Our Advisor Team

Kevin Connor

Tom Dugan

Kristen Ballas

John Morabito

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