My Top 10 Debt-Free College Articles of 2017

2017 was a year of explosive growth for my blog and weekly email newsletter readership. Parents, students, and financial planners began following me in numbers greater than I ever expected. Out of the more than 50 debt-free college articles I wrote that year, here are the top 10 that were most popular with my followers.

If you missed any of these, here’s your chance to catch up! Read to the bottom of this list to see the #1 most popular article I wrote all year.

#10. Hilarious Idea Makes Kids Eager to Apply for Scholarships

#9. Danger Ahead: Don’t Get This Kind of Student Loan

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What does it look like to follow Jesus in the modern workplace?

Whether you’re a public school teacher, a student, a surgeon, a retiree, or “a cog in a corporate machine,” you may have wondered at times, “Is there any way for my faith to empower and transform my regular, day-to-day Monday-Friday life?”

“Could the power of God at work inside of me… actually make me better at the day-to-day secular work I do?”

REFRAME is a 10-week video and discussion course that equips men and women of all ages to tap into faith to empower the work they do every day.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR REFRAME?

The 10-week REFRAME course fee is $30 for all 10 sessions. You buy just one $30 ticket, and you get access to a full 10-session course! Come to as many or as few sessions as you like.

Want to try out just one REFRAME session and see how you like it? Register here, attend one time, and if you don’t want to attend the rest of the sessions, we’ll cheerfully refund your course fee.

WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE HELD?

REFRAME will be held at the beautiful Charleston Event Center, a colonial-style wedding and event mansion on the southwest corner of Interstate 35E and Highway 96 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

WHAT ARE THE CLASS DATES?

Tuesdays

January 9th – March 20th, 2018 (no class on March 6th)

HOW IS EACH REFRAME CLASS STRUCTURED?

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Optional social time

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Video teaching that includes the wisdom of more than two dozen prominent evangelical leaders plus real life stories of Christians like you who are trying to seek a more faithful and integrated life

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Facilitated discussion

***Part of the purpose of REFRAME is to help you to build friendship and community with people you may never get to meet if you just stay within the walls of your own home or church. So please — try to come for the social time on every night you possibly can.

WHO IS WELCOME?

Everyone is welcome, from all faith backgrounds and from no faith backgrounds.

You can tell if your child is old enough to attend by showing him or her the video trailer, above. If the response you hear is, “I want to go to that!” then your child is old enough to attend.

Childcare is not provided for this event.

CAN I BRING MY ENTIRE CHURCH SMALL GROUP TO REFRAME?

Yes. Individuals and groups are all welcome to attend. We have a large seating capacity, so invite as many people as you’d like to. Just ask each attendee to register separately.

If you’d like your small group to be seated together, please have one representative of your group arrive no later than 6:00 pm on the first night.

Feel free to share the link to the Eventbrite registration page in email and on social media.

Here’s a shortened link if you need one: bit.ly/2AHK2Tm

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward

Tim Larson, financial advisor for Thrivent Financial

Aaron Freer, Genesis East

The Charleston Event Center

Regent College

The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture

Date: January 9, 2018—March 20, 2018
Event: REFRAME: How Tapping Into Faith Empowers Secular Work (See 4-Min Video)
Venue: The Charleston Event Center
Location: 4525 White Bear Parkway
White Bear Lake, MN 55025
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

To contact Jeannie Burlowski about speaking at your event, visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING

5 Good Reasons to Take a Gap Year (And 2 Bad Ones)

Your child doesn’t seem quite ready for college yet. Would it be a good idea for him or her to take a gap year? Malia Obama did it, after all. Here are 5 good and 2 bad reasons for students to take a gap year between high school and college.

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5 Good Reasons to Take a Gap Year

1. <Good Reason> Your son’s fallen into a pattern of being unwilling to work hard in high school.

Has he gotten mediocre grades? Is he dragging his feet on filling out college applications and applying for scholarships? Taking a gap year where he lives in a tiny studio apartment and works for peanuts can actually teach valuable life lessons that no college program can.

2. <Good Reason> It could do your son great good to learn what life without education or job training is actually like.

Here’s a good line for parents to practice saying: “Well, you’re welcome to live here at home with us, as long as you’re enrolled in (and succeeding in) a full-time academic or job training program. If you’re going to stay out of college and work during this gap year, let’s go find you a small apartment you can rent!”

The struggle to pay for rent, food, transportation, and a cell phone may help your son feel eager to apply to (and work hard in) college or technical school at the next possible opportunity.

For more help on this subject, see this article I wrote on the 7 things every parent should carefully think through anytime kids over 18 ask to–or expect to–live with you.

3. <Good Reason> Colleges will still accept a student who takes a gap year. No problem.

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Genius Strategy for Giving $20 in COLLEGE SAVINGS As Holiday Gifts

I post this important article every December. This year, it contains a brand new resource! A free downloadable bonus article with super helpful information for grandparents. To get straight to the free downloadable article, click here:

How to Give College Savings As Gifts and Get Happy Hugs in Response

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

How can grandparents give a relatively inexpensive 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 kids you love this holiday season.

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This idea will help you to take the $20 you were planning to spend on a holiday gift, easily put that money into the best possible kind of college savings account, and still have something meaningful and beautiful for the child or 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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One Call Can Increase Admissions Chances 40%

Weeks or months after your daughter has finished up all her college applications, you may find yourself wondering, “Is there anything else she can do to increase admissions chances — well after her applications have been submitted?”

Yes there is.

Research shows that one phone call can increase admissions chances 40% at many colleges.

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How can a phone call increase admissions chances?

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