I’m a full-time academic strategist and speaker. My 344-page book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward lays out clear, step-by-step strategies that empower parents to get their kids through high quality, best-fit colleges debt-free — and then directly into jobs they love afterward.
My expertise in this field comes from over 23 years of helping students apply to highly competitive law, medical, business, and graduate schools. During those years, I became a curator (think: a person who collects and catalogs valuable artifacts for a museum) of every good idea for succeeding brilliantly in college, graduating debt-free, and moving directly into satisfying and well-paying career after college. (And sailing straight into law, medical, business, or grad school, if that is a goal.)
In January of 2017 I packaged up every debt-free college and career strategy I know into one book you can have delivered straight to your doorstep. You can find it on Amazon.com by going to bit.ly/burlowski.
You’d love for your son to get loads of free money financial aid to help him pay for college, but you’re pretty sure he won’t qualify for much. Your family lives comfortably, after all. You aren’t poor.
You wonder if filling out financial aid forms is even worth your time.
Seven Reasons Filling Out the FAFSA Is Well Worth Your Time.
1. You can have a high income and still qualify for help.
You make over $200,000 per year and have significant assets? Your kid can still get free “gift aid” money to help pay for college. I’m talking about free money that need never be paid back.
Because this is true, plan to fill out the FAFSA form every October 1st that you’ll have a kid in college the following fall. Put this October date on your calendar now, so you can put your kid(s) first in line for all the financial aid money they have coming.
2. The FAFSA isn’t just about getting PELL grants.
Filling out the FAFSA puts your child in line for nine separate federal student aid programs, over 600 state aid programs, and most of the college-based (institutional) aid available in the United States.
Every year, people who were sure they were too well-off to qualify for any kind of aid are stunned to see what kind of generous help they actually qualify for at some colleges.
3. The FAFSA considers many more factors than just your income.
You’ve got a mountain of work in front of you, but no energy to tackle it. You’ve already slept well and eaten energy-producing food, so exhaustion’s not the problem. You’re just feeling lethargic, avoidant, and lazy. We’ve all been there. Some of our kids seem to live there. Want change? A simple Japanese principle can help anyone overcome laziness in just one minute.
Today I’m featuring a 5-minute video clip from the popular TV show Adam Ruins Everything. This 5-minute clip is titled, “How College Loans Got So Evil.” It’s funny! But then again, it’s not funny at all — because it’s true.
Please share this post with every parent, teacher, guidance counselor, school staff person, government official, and college staff person you know.
Because we all need to know the truth — so we can take evasive action for the kids we love.
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For clear, step-by-step help getting your kids through college debt-free, read on.
This article was originally published on September 12th, 2016. It was updated and republished here on August 26th, 2017.
There’s one thing parents long for far more than straight A report cards.
Parents want kids to do their own homework in a quality manner without the parent needing to prod, nag, oversee, or push.
Want to increase your chances of having academically independent children and teens at your house?
Ask each of your children these 5 questions every September.
Before you have this conversation, be sure your teen has a calendar, planner, or special notebook for recording assignments and due dates. Then — keeping this particular student’s personality in mind — provide some individualized teaching on the subject of workflow process management.
This article was originally published on September 21st, 2015. It was updated and republished here on August 23rd, 2017.
Your middle schooler or high schooler tends to underperform in school — and it drives 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 ?
Dr. Charles Fay of loveandlogic.com says no.
In a newsletter article published here, Charles gives parents a far better idea. “When your children get resistant,” he says, “allow them to learn through their refusal. Refusing to do a homework assignment can serve as a more important life lesson than the content of the assignment.”
Here are three additional strategies Charles recommends:
I recently watched Darci Lynne Farmer, the 12-year-old singing ventriloquist from Oklahoma City, wow the audience and the judges on America’s Got Talent. Before the 7-minute video was over I laughed, and I cried. Real tears. I am not kidding.
And then I thought…
What if Darci Lynne had never practiced ventriloquism on her own at home? What if she’d just waited until age 18, signed up for ventriloquism classes, and then expected those classes to give her everything she needed to perform like a superstar?
Every year, millions of high school students are fed this line: “Hey, you should take Advanced Placement (AP) classes! They’re way harder, but if you do well on the test at the end, you’ll get free college credit!”
It sounds like a great deal. But is it actually true?
Actually, Advanced Placement (AP) classes are the least dependable way for students to earn college credit in high school.
Shockingly, fewer than half the students who take AP classes actually end up getting the low-cost college credit they were promised.
This Atlantic article goes so far as to tell parents bluntly, “AP classes are a scam” and “AP students are being suckered.”
The well-respected Atlantic said that? Wow.
To learn which early college option tends to be far better than AP, read on.