Rare, Once-A-Year Opportunity to Hear Me Speak FOR FREE October 8th!

Great Opportunity to Invite Friends.

Do you have friends who think that “financial aid, scholarships, and saved cash are the only ways to pay for college?” It’s not true!

In this power-packed 50 minute session we’ll cover 9 surprising ways you can save your child over $50,000 in future student loan debt — by making a few smart choices when your child is in middle school and high school.  We’ll also cover changes to the financial aid application process announced by President Obama on September 13, 2015.


A question and answer session will follow.

WHEN:  Thursday, October 8th, 2015  7 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm).   Arrive early to get a seat; the auditorium has only 500 seats and this session frequently packs out by 6:40 pm.

On September 13th, Everything About Applying for Financial Aid Changed.

As a parent, you’re hoping that your kid gets maximum financial aid to help pay for college.  Well . . . the timing on how parents apply for financial aid changed radically with an announcement by President Obama on September 13th, 2015.

The date to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has changed, and the information that parents are required to put on the form has changed.

The implications of the changes are far-reaching and will impact millions of families.  I am still sorting through all of these implications myself.

These four things we know for sure:

Worried About the New PSAT Coming Up October 14th?

These 5 Things Will Help You Feel Better.

Parents nationwide are worried about how standardized tests for college entrance are changing.

If your child is taking the PSAT exam this coming October 14th, you may be wondering how it will be different from the old PSAT, and what your child should be doing in order to excel on it.

Today I’m reposting an article about the new PSAT that I first published on June 29th, 2015.  It’s timely info for any parent who wants a teen to feel well-equipped and confident this coming October 14th.

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5 Reasons You Need Not Worry Too Much About Standardized Testing

1.  There are currently 850 colleges and universities nationwide that don’t even look at standardized test scores when considering students for admission.

These schools refer to themselves as “test optional.” You can find the complete list of “test optional” schools on the website of The National Center for Fair & Open Testing at http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional.

2.  The number of “test optional” schools is rapidly increasing. As a matter of fact, a record number of colleges and universities dropped their ACT/SAT score requirements in the past year. 

Schools who’ve declared themselves to be “test optional” just in the past year include Beloit, Eastern Connecticut, Hofstra, Montclair State, Plymouth State, Temple, Virginia Commonwealth, and Wesleyan, among others.

3.  Think that only “bad” schools would go “test optional”? The truth is that even top-ranked colleges are going “test optional” at unprecedented rates.

The fairtest.org “test-optional” list now includes more than 165 schools ranked in the top tiers of their respective categories. More than one-third of top-ranked national liberal arts colleges have test-optional policies.

4.  If you’d like your son or daughter to get information ahead of time on what the PSAT is going to be like, here’s a step you can take for free.

It’s well worth a student’s while to try to succeed on the PSAT — because the PSAT is the first step to possibly qualifying for a generous National Merit Scholarship.

If you’d like to give your child an edge on the PSAT, register for one of the free, live, online PSAT “cram sessions” being held through October 8th courtesy of the KAPLAN test prep company.  To reserve a date and time that fits your child’s schedule, visit http://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/getting-into-college/free-practice-test. KAPLAN provides these sessions to the public as a free service; taking one will not obligate you to buy a KAPLAN test prep course.

5.  Finally, be sure you’re emphasizing the right things when it comes to college prep.

It troubles me when families put months of anxiety, $700 of hard-earned family money, and hours and hours of student work into expensive test prep  – but then put no timeno money, and no thought at all into helping kids figure out career goal before they choose which colleges to apply to.

This backwards plan can result in students running up odious, burdensome student loan debt attending “good schools” that don’t even prepare them for the careers they’re going to love someday. (To see my interesting blog post on why it’s critically important for students to get career direction early on — before picking colleges to attend — click here.)

What’s a parent to do? This.

If you’re wondering how in the world we can help 10th graders to get a sense of career goal before they start picking out colleges, download my free PDF on that subject here.  (If your child is way past 10th grade, don’t worry; just read this free PDF as soon as you can.)

The upshot of all this? Students and parents, start with the end in mind. Parents, help your child to get a sense of career goal early on (preferably in January of 10th grade), and only THEN look at expensive test preparation only if it’s obvious that it’s absolutely necessary.

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie Burlowski is a full-time consultant, author, and conference speaker.   She helps parents set their kids up to graduate college debt free and move directly into careers they excel at and love.  Her book LAUNCH:  How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward is due out in late 2015.  You can find Jeannie’s free help for parents in the “WHAT TO DO WHEN” section on this website.  Follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

“We only got around to doing a fraction of what Jeannie tells people to do in the free help on her website, and we saved well over $50,000 on college costs. Our daughter earned a four year degree from an excellent private university at age 20, and she’s now in California happily working her dream job at Disney. Get to one of Jeannie’s live classes if you can. Buy a plane ticket if you have to!”  — Liz and Tim Weatherhead, parents, Bloomington, MN

What about you?  What has your experience been in regard to standardized testing?  What advice do you have for parents and students?  Comment below, or LIKE Jeannie Burlowski Consulting on Facebook and let’s talk about it there.

Great Opportunity to Get Career Direction For Your High Schooler!

Deadline to Register: November 5th

Imagine your high school age son up late at night, in his bedroom with his desk light burning, reading a book on software design or motivating employees or robotics engineering or building construction or funding service-oriented nonprofits — just because he’s fascinated and wants to learn more.

Imagine your 10th grade daughter getting genuinely excited about learning — because you’ve helped her to get a glimpse of what she, personally, might love to do for a career someday.

This can happen for your son or daughter, if you make a way for him or her to do career direction work early on.

Today I’m going to give you a way to get quality career direction help for your 15 – 24-year-old son or daughter right now, this fall.


Want Higher Grades from Middle School and High School Students?

The Way to Inspire Them is Likely NOT What You Think

Your middle schooler or high schooler is underperforming — and it’s driving you crazy.

What’s a caring, involved parent to do?  You know how high the stakes are.  Is it your duty to strictly supervise and control homework so that your son or daughter gets higher grades and has a happier life ?



My Advice on MCAT Prep is Considered Must Have for Premed Students

When the reporter from U.S. News and World Report called to ask me for an interview about MCAT prep, I immediately said yes.

The changes to the MCAT that took place in April of 2015 were massive and sweeping — so it’s important that premed students don’t study for it under the guidance of some tutor or small-time test prep organization that doesn’t yet know exactly what’s going on.

Quoted Jeannie Burlowski today!

Question: “Can I Take a Full Load of College Classes in High School and Still Have a Full ‘High School Experience’?”


A  10th grader named Joe contacted me this week and asked me this great question:  

“Jeannie, I know that you strongly recommend dual enrollment classes for kids who want to get through college debt free.  I want to do dual enrollment full time in 11th and 12th grades so that I’ll have two years of college done by the time I graduate from high school.  But my parents are trying to steer me toward doing dual enrollment only just part time.  They’re worried that if I take a full load of dual enrollment college classes in high school, I’ll miss out on ‘the full high school experience.’  What do you think?”

My answer is below.


Are You “Helping” or “Enabling” Your Teen? Here’s How to Tell.

Do you ever worry that you might have slipped over the edge from “helping”  to “enabling” your teen?

Today I’m featuring a post by Susie Garlick, a mother three who’s also an author, a parenting teacher, and a Licensed Associate Counselor in the State of Arizona.  Please visit Susie’s blog here to read more insightful parenting posts and tell her how much you benefitted from this article!


Got an 11th Grader? Maximize Financial Aid by Deciding THIS Before December 31, 2015

This is Urgent.


Note to parents:  The September 13th, 2015 announcement by President Obama which I blogged about here  has made this post obsolete.  Parents of students who are in 11th grade during the 2015-2016 school year are no longer able to take advantage of the strategies listed in this post.  For step-by-step guidance on what you can do to get your kids through college debt free despite the White House announcement, subscribe to my free, weekly email newsletter and open it every time it lands in your email inbox.  I’ll be sending lots of help over the next few months!

Pop quiz for parents! 

Trevor has just started 11th grade.  His parents are hoping  he’ll get lots of financial aid to help pay for his college — which will be starting just two short years from now.  Will the following parental decisions help or hurt Trevor’s chances of getting financial aid for college?

  1.  Trevor’s mom is planning to start working a second job in order to bring in extra income for the family over the winter.  Is this a good time for her to do that — or not?
  2. Trevor’s birthday is coming up in February.  His grandmother is planning to celebrate by giving him a large chunk of money to help him fatten up his college savings.  Is this February of Trevor’s junior year a good time to do this?
  3. Trevor has $3000 he’s saved up in a Wells Fargo bank account in his own name.  He’s planning to put a lot more money into that account during the coming year.  Is this a good idea for a kid who wants to maximize the amount of financial aid he eventually gets for college?

(Answers below.)