STARTING POINT: All the Basics You Need to Know Right Now (AUDIO)

For Parents of Kids Ages 12–26

If you’re a parent and you’ve just found this, you’re probably thinking:

“Oh, wow—seriously? There’s help for getting my kids through college debt-free, and into great jobs after college? I had no idea this kind of help was available! Am I late starting this? Yikes, I don’t have any spare time! If I work on this, how much time is it going to take me?”

Rest easy, Mom and Dad. You’re not late.

And getting your kids through college debt-free takes only minutes per week.

Right now, at this moment, you’re standing at the perfect starting point.

Listen to episode 1 of my podcast, below. It takes only 23 minutes. (Listen while you’re commuting, loading the dishwasher, or getting ready in the morning.) When you finish listening, you’ll feel hope and confidence, and you’ll know exactly what you need to do next to get your kids to the most exciting academic and career destinations—even if they don’t get a single scholarship.

If you’re parenting kids ages 12–26, listen to just the first 8 minutes below, and you’ll be hooked.

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Morgan Stanley’s Alix Magner Buys 30 Copies of LAUNCH For Her Clients

Below, the Top 9 Questions Parents Are Asking Me About This Book


To see a list of the top 9 questions parents are asking me about LAUNCH—along with detailed answers—scroll to the red print below. 

When Morgan Stanley’s Alix Magner calls you, you sit up a little straighter in your chair.

Alix is a high-powered, Stanford educated wealth management advisor who works with Minneapolis area families who have millions in assets—and families who are strategizing to get to that point.

When Alix told me that she’d read my book cover-to-cover and wanted to buy 30 copies for her clients, I jumped out of my chair.

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Live, Online Help is HERE—Inside My TRIBE Membership

You’ve got a book that helps you get kids through college debt-free—but you want more.

When you have a question on a step you’ve just read about in the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterwardyou’d love to get access to the author to get that question answered. 

That help is available inside Jeannie Burlowski’s TRIBE Membership.

Along with community and accountability that makes the whole process more fun.

Get all the details here.

Doors are open for an extremely short time, and space is limited.

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Get all the details right now, here.

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Know This Key Strategy Now—Save Thousands on College Later

For Parents of Students Ages 12–18

If you can, just skip reading the content below and instead—listen to me delivering it on audio. Listen while you’re driving or getting ready in the morning, here:

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If you can’t do audio right now, read on.

Today I’m going to teach you a little-known, really clever debt-free college strategy that’ll take you less than a couple of hours to implement—and all by itself, it can save you thousands and thousands on college costs.

One 18-year-old used this strategy even though he was pretty sure it couldn’t possibly work for him, and he was shocked to walk away with $30,000 extra in free money to help pay his college bills.

You’ll need this strategy in your back pocket whether you’re currently parenting elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, or high schoolers.

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Doors Open For Just 5 Days In September 2020

If you’ve got a kid age 13–18, this article is going to give you a renewed burst of confidence that even you—busy as you are—can get the kids you love through college debt-free and into jobs they love afterward.

Even if you can’t save up one penny to help pay for college, even if you make too much money to get any government financial aid (or you think you do)—and even if your kids don’t get a single scholarship.

Those of you who already follow me know—there are many debt-free college strategies that are far easier to implement than those three.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve asked the thousands of parents who follow me this question:

“What blocks and obstacles are you facing on your journey to getting the kids you love through college debt-free and into jobs they love afterward?”

I’ve provided this book—so you have all the directions!


So what kinds of things are holding you back?

What’s keeping you from moving forward on this?

These kind, caring questions from me have opened up wellsprings of emotion in the parents I’ve heard from.

It’s really clear—almost all parents want the same things for their kids.

We want to see our kids happy and successful as young adults. Not at 29 or 39—preferably at age 20 or 22.

We want to see our kids supporting themselves. Happy in their work. Well paid for that work. Living independently in good, healthy living situations.

The last thing we want is them living in our basements through their 20s, low on drive, low on skills, and low on self-confidence—constantly coming to us for money for food and cell phone service and car insurance.

That scenario is not just expensive for us as parents—it’s heart-wrenching.

We would seriously do almost anything to avoid that.

So why—if I give parents all the debt-free college and career strategy they need in one book anybody can get on Amazon, why are some parents buying the book, but not reading it?

Here are the emotional responses I’m getting from parents when I asked them about this.

Parents are telling me things like:

1. “I don’t want to read a big fat book!”

“I am barely surviving these exhausting days where I work full-time, drive kids to soccer practice, sit for hours at hockey games, drive kids to all their activities, and then I come home and try to get some food on the table.

I just can’t read a book, I don’t care how good it is.”

2. “I worry that if I start on this, I’ll have a question and nobody to answer it.”

“I worry that if I get serious about moving toward debt-free college and career for my kids, I’ll be reading along in the book and I’ll have a question about our particular unique situation, and there will be no one to answer that question for me.

What if this happens, and I get stuck and I can’t move forward? What if I can’t get myself to this goal? Then all the time I’ve invested in this will be wasted! The stakes here are high. If I’m going to do this with confidence, I can’t just read. I need access to an expert who will answer my questions along the way.”

3. “I keep thinking that I should be able to find all the info I need on debt-free college and career for free on the internet.”

“But I know that’ll take me forever.

Honestly, the internet is driving me crazy. So much redundant information! Much of it way too basic and obviously incomplete. Much of it contradictory. Now I’m supposed to start reading BOOKS on the subject? Oh geez. All these conflicting voices. How am I supposed to figure out which voices are wrong and which ones are right?

I need an expert to guide me—but I don’t want to spend $5,000 on some kind of admissions consultant who may or may not be trustworthy.”

4) “I am honestly sick and tired of feeling isolated and alone in this really important part of parenting.”

“Sitting alone, reading a book, just makes me feel more isolated and lonely.

What I really need is a community of people who will be there for me—people who will hold me accountable to show up regularly and take the steps I can. Even when life gets busy.”

Parents, these are completely valid blocks and obstacles.

If you’re feeling this way, you are not alone. Thousands of parents across the United States are in the exact same boat as you are.

Let’s solve all of this.

For just 5 days in September and 5 days in March, I’ll be opening the doors to my TRIBE Membership. It’s a safe space where parents don’t have to read very much at all, and where—if you have a question—you’ve got a kind, caring expert you can go to to get your question answered.

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What Makes Parents Say, “Nah, We’re Not Pursuing Debt-Free College”?

Why would some parents say, “Nah—we’re not interested in debt-free college for our kids”?

I’m finding it usually boils down to one of 4 things:

1. “We don’t have time to plan this out.”

Actually, I can help you plan this out in just a very small bit of time each month. We’ll even skip July each year so you can have a break. The secret is to start right now, with this 10-minute, fast-paced video training.

Again—you and I can do this step-by-step, together, in just a small bit of time each month.

2. “Debt-free college might somehow be substandard college.”


Many parents who follow me get their kids into—and through—better colleges than they would have otherwise. And they do it debt-free or at drastically reduced cost—and after it’s all over they end up with kids who are super ready to step into careers or grad school after college.

(Kids they don’t have to feed, house, and pay car insurance for through their 20s.)

I even help parents whose kids are headed to tech school.

3. “There are only 3 ways to pay for college, and we already know them.”

Are you sure there are only 3 ways to pay for college? Are you sure?

College financing has changed a lot since you were in college. The debt-free college help I give goes far, far beyond just getting scholarships, applying for financial aid, and saving up money in advance.

Allow the kids you love access to every good college financing idea. Allow them access to every possible advantage in life. I can help you do this in just a small bit of time each month. (With July off, so you can have a break.)

4. “When I read things, I end up with questions. I’m worried I won’t be able to get my questions answered.”

I can help you with this too—in my TRIBE Membership, which costs just $23.00 per month if you join during the 5 days the doors will be open in September, 2020. Join the Waiting List now.

(The first thing we do in my TRIBE Membership is take a 3-session online course worth $899.00. Sound like a deal?)

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Join the TRIBE Membership Waiting List here.

You’ll have an open door to be with me in person, online, in a group setting, 10–15 times per year to get your questions answered.

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Online College Planning Conference Starts Oct 4—Register Now

I'm the keynote speaker—plus I'm doing a breakout session on how to win scholarships

You know you need some good solid direction to jumpstart the college planning process for your family—but guidance counselors are hard to reach, and most in-person college prep conferences have been cancelled.

Time to register for a college planning conference that’s all online.

No need to buy a plane ticket or book a hotel room.

All the inspiring info is packed into just two hours—each evening—for a week.

Bring the kids.

Can’t make one or more sessions?

That’s OK—recordings will be available for 30 days after the conference ends. Just use the 30-day all-access pass included in your conference fee.

Hear me giving the keynote presentation at this conference.

I’ll be opening the conference Sunday, October 4th with a keynote titled: How to Get Kids Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!

This keynote is inspiring, and exciting—and may save you so much on college costs that you could pay admission to this conference 200 times over.

Get a sample of my speaking—along with reviews from parents and students—at

Later in the conference, attend my small group breakout session.

It’s titled How to Win More College Scholarships—Starting in 8th Grade.

(If I can teach your family non-scholarship strategies for getting college paid for, and then inspire your kids with scholarship strategies—your teen will be beautifully positioned to win at the college and career prep money game.

Cost for this online conference:

$159.00 per family if you register by September 17th, 2020. ($199.00 after that.)

Space is limited. See the schedule and register now at:

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Help—I Need Your Input as I Prepare to Open My TRIBE Doors in Sept

To get straight to the description of my TRIBE Membership, zoom to the red writing below.


I’m stunned and amazed at the great response I’ve gotten to the short, succinct video trainings I’ve been sending to everyone who subscribes to my free weekly email newsletter.

Specialized help—based on the age of your kid—with no video longer than 10 minutes! Parents are loving having fast, inspiring grade specific training that only gives them info they need right now.

The stories of exciting success are flowing in—along with gratitude that I just made the whole process even easier.

At the same time, this has opened up wellsprings of raw emotion in some parents.

Some of what I’m hearing sounds like this:

1. “I want to get my kids through college debt-free and set up for real jobs after college—but I don’t have time to read very much.

Please just give me the least amount to read possible.”

2. “I seriously don’t have time to do very much! Please give me just the bare bones that I need right now.”

3. “When I can’t do much, please support me and tell me, ‘That’s OK! This is still going to work out!'”

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Got Kids or Grandkids Ages 12–26? You Need This

You’d love to see the kids you love get through college debt-free. It’s easier than you think—especially if you can start early.

Register instantly below—for free, courtesy of Thrivent Financial.

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How Grandparents Are Lighting the Way to Debt-Free College For the Kids They Love (1 hour)

Thursday, September 17th, 2020 7:00 pm CDT | 5:00 pm PDT | 8:00 pm EDT

FREE Register here. (Note: your link to get into the webinar will come to you from Thrivent Financial. Check all your email folders for “Thrivent.”)

Learn an innovative way for grandparents to build ongoing, loving connection with their grandchildren, leave a legacy that will last, and increase the probability that the grandkids will graduate college debt-free—all without spending one penny more than they are right now.

For parents and grandparents of students ages 12–26, and the professionals who serve them.

* This webinar is brought to the community at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Thrivent Financial. Nothing is sold in this webinar. This webinar is available at these times only and will not be replayed. Connect with a caring Thrivent professional at

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Your Med School Application—So Strong It Both Gets You In, And Gets You Money 

I wrote this article on creating a strong med school application at the request of the Harvard Crimson.

You’d love to put together a med school application so strong—that it both gets you in, and gets you money to help pay for med school.

Other students are accomplishing this—you can too.

Do you know the one specific principle that can take an average, dull med school application, and make it so outstanding—so riveting—that it inspires med schools not just to let you in, but to give you money to help pay for med school as well?

Building your application around this one specific principle works—even if you have lower grades and test scores.

Learn this one specific principle, and you can completely revolutionize the content of your med school application.

How do I know this?

Because I’m a professional academic strategist, and I’ve been helping students get into med school for 25 years at my website,

Here, in a nutshell, is my best med school application advice.

In your main med school application essay, focus your efforts on constructing a flawlessly well-reasoned argument in your own behalf.

(I use the word “argument,” but of course I would never want you to sound argumentative. I want you to sound warm, and personal, and human—no question about that.)

In your med school application, think of yourself as a lawyer arguing the most important case of your career.

To do this effectively, you’ll need to know the three component parts of argument that lawyers use when arguing cases in court.

The three component parts of argument start with the letters E, A, and C.

Neglect just one of these three components, and your med school application will feel weak and unconvincing—no matter how many times you rewrite it.

Weave these three components together effectively, though—and you’ll have the med school admissions committee saying, “Wow. This makes absolutely perfect sense. I don’t even have a question about this. It’s totally clear to me that this person should be in medical school.”

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My 1/2-Day Class Changed This Kid’s Life (2-Minute Read)

It was 8:35 am on a Saturday, and I was standing at a whiteboard in a large classroom—drawing diagrams I’d need for the class I was about to teach. From behind me I heard a young male voice.

“Hi, I’m early. I wanted to say hi to you.”

I turned to see a high school boy who looked vaguely familiar.

“I came early because I wanted to tell you—” he said, looking over at my whiteboard, “I took this class from you before. When I was 12. My mom made me do it.”

We both laughed. But then he grew serious.

“I took this Strategic College Student class when I was 12, and then three years later I was in a bad car accident. I mean—it was bad. I hit my head on pavement.

I wasn’t the same after that. I couldn’t think the same. And I used what you taught me in this Strategic College Student class to get myself back.

Now I’m the captain of the debate team at a large high school, and I’m headed to Yale.

I just wanted you to know.

I came back to take this class again because you said that a lot of kids take this class when they’re 12, and it plants some seeds inside of them. Then they take this class again when they’re 15 or 18—and it really bears fruit. I’m here for the fruit. Can I give you a hug?”

He hugged me. And I swallowed a lump and felt hot tears in my eyes.

I knew that my Strategic College Student class had a reputation for being transformative for students—but I’d never heard this before.

Don’t miss your opportunity to plant seeds—don’t miss your opportunity to harvest fruit.

My 1/2 day Strategic College Student class is now available online for students nationwide. Access it now using the details you’ll find here.

Ideal age to attend this class? Ages 12–26 (and their parents).

Yep—all those people, all in the same room, all at the same time.

What are students saying about this class?

See more student and parent reviews of this class at

Parents are encouraged, but not required, to attend with their students. Parents, in just 1/2 a day you’ll see your kids’ anxiety levels drop, and you’ll watch their sense of personal power and academic confidence steadily increase.

And you’ll have all the info if your kids ever need a gentle nudge back onto the right track later.

Your child doesn’t want to attend this class? Quick—read my article Should You Pay Your Teen to do Things?

If you’re wondering whether your kid is too young for a class like this, don’t miss my article 7 Reasons Your Middle Schooler Needs A College Study Skills Class.

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You Want to Write a Book? Do It.

Here's Help.

Today I’m sharing a bit about my own author journey—in hopes of saving you years of wasted effort.

When I started out to write a book, I had a message that I knew could change the world for students and parents. I’d already been a professional writer for over 25 years, so I already knew how to write sentences and paragraphs. I knew how to organize thought and communicate effectively. But writing a book?

What I didn’t know about writing a book could fill a book.

The process of writing and publishing a book has so many moving pieces, so much unfamiliar vocabulary, and so many complex, interdependent steps.

I felt lost. I wondered, “How can I produce a creative, brilliant, and helpful book—when 75% of the book writing and publishing process is foreign to me?”

At first I thought that surely, a publishing contract would be the answer.

I thought that if I landed a publishing contract, that would be the easy route to getting my raw manuscript to finished product—and my book into readers’ hands. Let others do the work!

But after landing a publishing contract and realizing how little money I’d make from it and how at-risk I’d be for losing my rights to my work if my book went out of print—I turned that publishing contract down and decided I’d be my own publisher.

I used CreateSpace on Amazon (now called Kindle Direct Publishing) for my printing, and got professional help navigating all the other steps of the book publishing process.

I do really love Kindle Direct Publishing, and I’d do that again in a minute. But the most important, most life-changing help I got was from Stacy Ennis.

The moment I decided to be my own publisher, I was immediately on my way.

No more waiting around to be noticed. No more spending years traveling to writers’ conferences to try to get literary agents and acquisitions editors interested in me.

Being my own publisher rocketed me to my end goal of holding my own published book in my hands, of keeping all the profit from it, and of rapidly growing my business by leveraging off of an author credential.

Caution. If you’re going to write a book, you don’t want it to be a bad book.

If you slap together a poorly organized, poorly designed, amateurish, sub-par book and quickly put it up on Amazon so you can say that you’re an author, that’s going to backfire on you.

If your book doesn’t get reviews, or if the bulk of your reviews are negative, that will hurt your name, your brand, and your business.

I saved myself from this by getting help from Stacy Ennis.

Hiring Stacy was one of the best business investments I’ve ever made. She worked with me to engineer the structure of my book, to shape and polish it, and to navigate all the moving pieces I had to master to have an outstanding, well-reviewed result.

At this point parents are reading my book, libraries are stocking it, schools are putting it at their front desks for parents to read, and financial advisors are buying copies in bulk for handing out to clients.

I could have never achieved this without Stacy.

Until now, only a few lucky authors have been able to get Stacy’s help.

Stacy’s in such high demand that she’s able to accept only 1% of the projects offered to her. The wait to get on her client list can be months and even years long.

Now, you can get Stacy’s best help for a fraction of her regular price.

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Join Stacy’s live, in-person book coaching program Nonfiction Book School by August 5th, 2020, and you’ll get top-notch, expert guidance that walks you through each step of writing your book, from initial idea to finished manuscript.

If you’re reading this on or before August 5th, 2020, join Stacy for a free webinar on how to increase your influence by writing a book. Register here.

Listen to my live interview with Stacy Ennis. It’s fun and fast-paced.

If you’re parenting a kid ages 12-18 and you’d like to hear what I, personally do for free to help parents get kids through college debt-free, zoom straight to minute 26:38.

When my book got rave reviews on Amazon, that was a game-changer for me.

It got me attention that literally changed my professional life.

Let Stacy give you the help she gave me.

I have no affiliate agreement with Stacy Ennis and have not been compensated in any way for writing this article.

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