SHORT POST: Quick Announcement and a Favor

Today I have a big announcement to make. And a quick favor to ask.

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First, an exciting update.

I’m really close to wrapping up my long-awaited book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

Can you do me a favor right now?

Before I finalize everything and officially release, I need to be sure I’ve covered absolutely everything parents need to know about getting kids through college debt-free and into great careers after college.

This is where you come in. Please take just a few minutes to answer this super short survey. There’s really only one thing I want to ask you: “What are your top questions about getting kids through college debt-free that I absolutely must answer in this book?”

Take my super short survey here.

I’d love to talk with you about this more, even beyond the questions asked in the survey. Comment below, or LIKE Jeannie Burlowski Author on Facebook, find this post on that page, and let’s talk more about it there.

Pre-release copies of my book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward will be available for purchase this month. Pre-release copies will be made available only to my newsletter subscribers, Kickstarter backers, and blog readers. To be among the first to be able to purchase a copy, subscribe to my free weekly email newsletter using the form above. Then click here to learn how to “whitelist” my newsletter with your email provider so it ends up in your primary email inbox every single week.

Do you have friends who are parenting kids ages 12 – 22? SHARE this post on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin right now. I need all the survey responses I can get!

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author and speaker. Her writing helps parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. She also helps students apply to medical school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

URGENT Financial Aid Info For Parents of 10th Graders

Parents of Younger Kids, Read This So You Can Plan Ahead

Today I have urgent financial aid info for parents of 10th graders.

You need to know that on January 1, 2017, a team of photographers is going to show up at your house.

Not actual photographers, but that’s a good way to think of it.

Parents, they're about to take a photo of you.

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Perfect Grandparent Holiday Gift: COLLEGE SAVINGS

I post this article every year in December. This post contains one of the most brilliant ways there is to get kids through college debt-free, and grandparents love the idea. Be sure to share it with the grandparents you know!

Most grandparents love to dote on their beloved grandchildren, but let’s face it. Teens are notoriously hard to shop for.

What Grandma and Grandpa would really love to do is give a holiday gift that will be remembered with tears and great appreciation for years down the line.

No matter your income level or budget, Grandma and Grandpa, here’s an ingenious idea for deeply impacting the teen you love this holiday season.

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This ingenious idea will help you to take the $20 you were planning to spend on a holiday gift, put that money into the best possible kind of college savings account, and still have something meaningful and beautiful for the teen to unwrap at your family’s holiday gathering.

All without nicking your own finances or damaging the teen’s future financial aid eligibility in any way.

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Service: It’s How We Fill the World With Good

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Students are telling me they’re scared.

They hear their parents’ tense, late night discussions downstairs in front of the TV, and they see the angry vitriol that’s been roiling in their Facebook newsfeeds.

They’re worried about the world they’re inheriting.

When they tell me this in person, I hug them and tell them that they have more power to change the world than they ever think. “Start right where you are,” I tell them.

“Do what you can to fill the world with so much good that bad goes out of style.”

I tell these students, “It begins with speaking with kindness in your own home, online, and in your own school. It builds into empathy and caring for those who are different from you. And it bears fruit and multiplies when you find a cause you care about, and work consistently in service to that cause to make the world a better place.”

To see how thousands of students in the U.S. are doing exactly this, view the exciting, inspiring 2-minute video about WE DAY here.

Whether you’re a student or a parent, this video is guaranteed to make you feel hope.

(To learn more about WE programs for schools, click here.)

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Your kid’s under 5? Get Ready for the Kindergarten Windfall.

If you’re parenting a kid who’s not yet in kindergarten, you’re wondering how in the world you ended up on the blog of a writer who gets kids through college debt-free. Keep reading and I’ll tell you why this blog is the best place for you to be right now.

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On the day your baby starts kindergarten, your family is likely to experience an exhilarating financial windfall.

Daycare expenses may suddenly plummet.

A former stay-at-home parent might start working full-time or part-time.

The boost in your income in either of these scenarios is likely to be sudden and remarkable.

During the year before your baby starts kindergarten, sit down and plan how to invest this windfall.

Using the resources and support of someone like Dave Ramsey, start aggressively paying off your own student loan and household debt, and then once you’ve done that — visit a Certified Financial Planner and start planning retirement contributions and bit-by-bit college savings.

You’ll build wealth, you’ll build financial freedom, and you’ll build a secure financial future for both yourself and your child.

Parents of kids under 5, I’ve got a great free resource for you.

Grab the free, full-color e-book at the top of this site and you’ll quickly get ten great debt-free college ideas you can use right now – whether your kids are in high school or in diapers.

This post is an excerpt from my book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward (due out this month). To be among the first to purchase a copy of this book, subscribe to my free weekly email newsletter using the form above. Then click here to learn how to “whitelist” my newsletter with your email provider so it ends up in your primary email inbox every single week.

Do you have friends who are parenting kids under age 5? SHARE this post on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin right now.

What about you? What are your ideas about starting your family out on a firm financial footing starting early on? Comment below or LIKE Jeannie Burlowski Author on Facebook, find this post on that page, and let’s talk about it there.

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author and speaker. Her writing helps parents of kids birth – age 24 set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. She also helps students apply to medical school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

Hear Jeannie Burlowski Interviewed on the “Hey, Sister!” Podcast

I was recently interviewed by Krista Gilbert on her “Hey Sister!” podcast. It was a great conversation, almost an hour, full of practical tips for anyone who loves a kid age 12 – 22.

To listen to the podcast, click on Episode 19 here.

Some of the topics we covered include:

  • Strategies not just for getting your child into college, but for getting him or her through college debt-free.
  • Why your local state university is probably not your child’s bargain college option
  • Why the lowest college prices may be at private universities that look only at the FAFSA financial aid form
  • Why “dual enrollment” is better than AP when it comes to earning inexpensive college credit in high school
  • How to spread the scholarship application process over 8 years rather than trying to do it all during the senior year of high school
  • How moms and dads can navigate the emotional difficulty of “letting go” of college-bound children with grace and faith and hope.

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Parents of Seniors: 5 Things to Do With That Student Aid Report (SAR)

About 2-3 weeks after you fill out the FAFSA financial aid form for your college-bound high school senior or current college student, you’ll receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). One of the things this Student Aid Report will tell you is how much it is believed that your family can afford to pay for college. (Look for the line that says: “Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).”

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If you find yourself laughing or crying at how high this number is, you’re not alone. Millions of families feel shocked and stunned at the high Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) listed on their child’s student aid report.

My reassuring words to you? Don’t worry too much about this right now. If you’re following me, you’re going to have many strategies you can use during the next year to bring these college costs way down.

For now, here are five things to know about your child’s Student Aid Report.

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5 Places to Get Help With College Financial Aid Forms

Are you filling out financial aid forms for a kid who’ll be in college next fall? Great. The fall before he or she enters college is the perfect time to do that.

But what do you do if you get stuck? Where do you go to get help with college financial aid forms?

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Here are five places to get help with college financial aid forms.

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Want More Scholarships? Here’s Practical Help.

You’d love for your college-bound teen to get more scholarships, but you worry that his GPA just isn’t high enough. Am I right? Well, worry no more.

Good news. There are thousands of college scholarships available to students with GPAs as low as 2.50.

I’ll give you tips for finding more scholarships to apply for at the end of this post.

The question for today is: Besides high grades, what can your college-bound teen do to make himself or herself a powerful, attention-getting applicant who will get more scholarships than most other people?

The answer might surprise you.

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3 Ways KIDS Can Get More Financial Aid For College

Part 2 of a 2-Part Series

Is your child a senior in high school, or older? This post is part 2 of a 2-part series on what to do each September to make sure the FAFSA form you fill out in early October will get your child maximum financial aid for college. To read part 1 of this very important series, click here.

You’d love to help your kid get maximum financial aid to help pay for college.

Why? Because financial aid is free money that need never be paid back.

The great news? You can get a lot of financial aid help – even if you have a relatively high income. This 2-part series will help.

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Get your child all the free money he or she has coming.

To be sure your child gets all the free money he or she has coming, you as a parent will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every October that you’ll have a child in college the following fall. Fill this form out every October, even if you’re convinced “you won’t get anything.”

Every family of a 12th grader should fill out the FAFSA. Here’s why.

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