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When you’re a parent, it feels great to know you’re taking practical steps to set your kid up for successful college and career life.

For clear, step-by-step help getting your kids through college debt-free, get your copy of my book:

You can “Look Inside” the book on Amazon for free by going to:

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Should You Fill Out the FAFSA on Your Phone?

Should you fill out the FAFSA on your phone?

On October 17th, 2018, I was invited to guest post on the blog of Certified Financial Planner™ Mike Branch of Focus Financial in Minneapolis. Mike has been an extraordinary mentor to me as I’ve plumbed the depths on how to get kids through college debt-free. You can find Mike at Focus Financial in Minneapolis, on the Approved Consultants tab on this website, or at one of the many FAFSA info sessions he presents in high school auditoriums each year. 

The guest post I wrote for Mike is below.

Are you parenting a student of any age who’ll be in college next fall? If so, one of your most important tasks this year will be to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after October 1st as possible. This applies to every student and every parent—no exceptions.

Are you convinced that for you, filling out the FAFSA will be a waste of time—because you make far too much money to qualify for any college aid? Check out this article on 7 Reasons to Fill Out FAFSA Even if You’re Rich.

And then get out your smartphone.

As of October 1st, 2018, you can fill out the FAFSA on your phone.

For years, students and parents filling out the FAFSA were required to complete the form using desktop computers. In 2018, though, a new, mobile-friendly version of FAFSA was released.

Here, 8 things you’ll need to know before you fill out the FAFSA on your phone.

1. It’s a little easier to avoid overwhelm when you fill out the FAFSA on your phone, because you see only one question per screen.

2. Families can start filling out the form on one device, and finish it on another.

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Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!

debt free college

This session is for parents, and for students ages 12–26.

Why would you want to prep for college or technical school the same old way everyone else does? That’s the surest route to mediocrity! In this jam-packed evening info session, author Jeannie Burlowski will explain:

* 7 things parents can do right now to put their kids on the fast track to getting through college debt-free

* How kids as young as age 15 can get an exciting, liberating sense of career goal early on, and then sign up for only the amount of college absolutely necessary to accomplish that

* How kids as young as age 12 can get a massive head start on racking up the 10,000 hours it takes to be viewed as an expert in a career field

* Why deeply inspired caring—not the fancy name of the college you attend—is the key to fulfilled, satisfied career life in the long term.

This 2-hour session will be presented live by Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love AfterwardA live Q & A will be offered at the end.

To register, click here.

To see what other parents and students are saying about this session, view a short sample video, and hear Jeannie Burlowski interviewed on a national podcast, visit:

JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING.

Tell your Facebook friends about this event! Post this link: 

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeATTLEBORO.

Be sure to ALSO attend Jeannie’s second class on Saturday morning, November 3rd, in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The Saturday morning session will be completely different from the session described above. It is highly recommended that parents and students ages 12–26 attend both. Learn more about the Saturday session at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author, academic strategist, and speaker. Her writing and speaking help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski. She lives in Minneapolis.

This Thursday evening session is brought to you courtesy of Good Company Tutorials. Good Company Tutorials supports homeschooling in grades 5–12 with weekly classes.

FAQs

Will Jeannie’s sessions be offered in our area at any other time?

Yes. This session, How to Get Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS, will also be held at the Quidnessett Baptist Church Youth Center in North Kingstown, RI on Friday, November 2nd, 2018, at 2:00 pm. The ticket prices are the same, and the two event venues are only 35 minutes apart. The link to register for the session in North Kingstown, Rhode Island is here:

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeNORTHKINGSTOWN

Because Jeannie lives in Minneapolis, these will be the only two opportunities to hear this session in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 2018.

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome to attend, but Jeannie’s sessions are most highly recommended for students ages 12–26 and their parents. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 and both their parents attend together.

My kids are still in middle school. Isn’t it too early for us to be thinking about college?

No way. At this session, you’ll learn why parents who start thinking about debt-free college when kids are in middle school have a huge advantage over parents who wait. (This especially applies to parents who aren’t planning to save any money for college.)

We have 10 children. Do we all need tickets?

Each attendee needs a ticket. The first ticket purchased by your family is $29.00. Each additional attendee from your same immediate family pays only $10.00. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 attend this session with both parents.

Foster children count as being from your same immediate family.

To register, click here.

We’d like to bring a friend of the family along. Can he or she get in for just $10.00 as one of our family members?

Since this friend is not a member of your immediate family, he or she would attend at the $29.00 ticket level.

How do we register for Jeannie Burlowski’s second, completely different Saturday event in West Greenwich, Rhode Island?

Everything you need to register for the completely different Saturday event can be found at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

We don’t homeschool. Are we still welcome to attend these sessions?

All are welcome. Jeannie Burlowski’s sessions are for all parents and students—public, private, and homeschooled.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds are allowed up until 24 hours before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It’s helpful if you can print it and bring it, but if you forget it, you can get in by showing picture ID.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. If you can’t use it, you may sell or give it to a friend.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. Completely OK.

Where else can I find Jeannie Burlowski appearing live November 1–3, 2018?

Find Jeannie at her Saturday BOOK SIGNING with Cookie Reception to Follow (FREE EVENT)

Louttit Library, 274 Victoria Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Book signing 2:00–3:00 pm | Cookie Reception 3:00–4:00 pm

Personally signed books make great holiday gifts.

How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

You may email your event questions to Jeannie@JeannieBurlowski.com.

Date: November 1, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM EDT
Event: Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!
Venue: New Covenant Christian Fellowship
Location: 609 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Want me to teach this class somewhere near you? When I travel to speak, I pay my own airfare. Who do you know who plans conferences and events? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn how to bring me to your state.

Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!

debt-free college

This session is for parents, and for students ages 12–26.

Why would you want to prep for college or technical school the same old way everyone else does? That’s the surest route to mediocrity! In this jam-packed afternoon info session, author Jeannie Burlowski will explain:

* 7 things parents can do right now to put their kids on the fast track to getting through college debt-free

* How kids as young as age 15 can get an exciting, liberating sense of career goal early on, and then sign up for only the amount of college absolutely necessary to accomplish that

* How kids as young as age 12 can get a massive head start on racking up the 10,000 hours it takes to be viewed as an expert in a career field

* Why deeply inspired caring—not the fancy name of the college you attend—is the key to fulfilled, satisfied career life in the long term.

This 2-hour session will be presented live by Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love AfterwardA live Q & A will be offered at the end.

To register, click here.

To see what other parents and students are saying about this session, view a short sample video, and hear Jeannie Burlowski interviewed on a national podcast, visit:

JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING.

Tell your Facebook friends about this event! Post this link: 

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeNORTHKINGSTOWN

Be sure to ALSO attend Jeannie’s second class on Saturday morning, November 3rd, in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The Saturday morning session will be completely different from the session described above. It is highly recommended that parents and students ages 12–26 attend both. Learn more about the Saturday session at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author, academic strategist, and speaker. Her writing and speaking help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski. She lives in Minneapolis.

This Friday afternoon session is brought to you courtesy of the Rhode Island Christian Homeschool Co-op (RICH). RICH is a group of homeschoolers who meet weekly to provide enrichment classes for children from 1st grade through high school. RICH members come from all parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

FAQs

Are there any special parking instructions for this event?

Yes. A limited number of parking spots are available next to the Quidnessett Baptist Church Youth Center. Overflow parking is available in the large lot next to the school building.

Will Jeannie’s sessions be offered in our area at any other time?

Yes. Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS will also be presented in Attleboro, MA at 7:00 pm on November 1st, 2018. You and your friends can register for that session at this link:

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeATTLEBORO.

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome to attend, but Jeannie’s sessions are most highly recommended for students ages 12–26 and their parents. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 and both their parents attend together.

My kids are still in middle school. Isn’t it too early for us to be thinking about college?

No way. At this session, you’ll learn why parents who start thinking about debt-free college when kids are in middle school have a huge advantage over parents who wait. (This especially applies to parents who aren’t planning to save any money for college.)

We have 10 children. Do we all need tickets?

Each attendee needs a ticket. The first ticket purchased by your family is $29.00. Each additional attendee from your same immediate family pays only $10.00. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 attend this session with both parents.

Foster children count as being from your same immediate family.

To register, click here.

We’d like to bring a friend of the family along. Can he or she get in for just $10.00 as one of our family members?

Since this friend is not a member of your immediate family, he or she would attend at the $29.00 ticket level.

How do we register for Jeannie Burlowski’s second, completely different Saturday event in West Greenwich, Rhode Island?

Everything you need to register for the completely different Saturday event can be found at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

We don’t homeschool. Are we still welcome to attend these sessions?

All are welcome. Jeannie Burlowski’s sessions are for all parents and students—public, private, and homeschooled.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds are allowed up until 24 hours before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It’s helpful if you can print it and bring it, but if you forget it, you can get in by showing picture ID.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. If you can’t use it, you may sell or give it to a friend.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. Completely OK.

Where else can I find Jeannie Burlowski appearing live November 1–3, 2018?

Find Jeannie at her Saturday BOOK SIGNING with Cookie Reception to Follow (FREE EVENT)

Louttit Library, 274 Victoria Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Book signing 2:00–3:00 pm | Cookie Reception 3:00–4:00 pm

Personally signed books make great holiday gifts.

How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

You may email your event questions to Jeannie@JeannieBurlowski.com.

Date: November 2, 2018
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm EDT
Event: Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!
Venue: The Youth Center at Quidnessett Baptist Church
Location: 6356 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Want me to teach this class somewhere near you? When I travel to speak, I pay my own airfare. Who do you know who plans conferences and events? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn how to bring me to your state.

MAKE THEM SAY WOW: Write Brilliant Scholarship Application Essays

application essay

This session is for students ages 12–26, and their parents.

Imagine your child applying for 10 scholarships every single year, starting in 8th grade and going all the way through grad school. 80+ scholarships altogether.

Wow! That would be amazing! But who wants to write 80 scholarship application essays? Not your kid, that’s for sure.

Here’s the brilliant solution.

Your child writes one stunning scholarship application essay, and then modifies it and uses it over and over again to apply for 100 different scholarships. You make sure this is such a brilliant essay that it gets your kid money—even if he or she has lower grades and test scores.

This 3-hour class will teach you and your child exactly how to write such an essay. Together, you’ll learn to:

  1. Throw the old “introduction—body—conclusion” essay structure out the window. That’s an informative essay structure that doesn’t work for persuasion.
  2. Use the same principles of argument that lawyers use when arguing cases in court. (Be sure you know all three component parts of logical argument before you try this.)
  3. Use vividly written stories to capture attention and create powerful emotional pull. Begin to see potential in your child’s own life stories, the ones that in the past you only viewed as run-of-the-mill and ordinary.
  4. Equip yourself with a new, clever, multi-layered organizational structure that makes room for all of your child’s accomplishments without ever sounding scattered, disorganized, or disjointed.

Other students have called this class “amazing” and “revolutionary.” This class is also suitable for applicants to law, medical, business, and grad school.

This scholarship essay writing session will be presented live by Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward

To see what other parents and students are saying about this session, view a short sample video, and hear Jeannie Burlowski interviewed on a national podcast, visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING.

To learn more and to register, click here.

Wondering where you’ll find 100 scholarships to apply for? The instructor for this class provides 1.5 million of them for you at this link:

Bit.ly/2gbS0tu.

* Stay after this class for a “bring-your-own” lunch Q & A at the church that occupies the rear lower level of the Elks Lodge. This “bring-your-own” lunch event is sponsored by the Kent County Church of Christ and Deanna Chavez of the Rhode Island Hope chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC).

Tell your Facebook friends about this event! Post this link: 

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

Be sure to ALSO attend Jeannie’s completely different class, How to Get Kids Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS! (This completely different class will be offered November 1st in Attleboro, MA and November 2nd in North Kingstown, RI.)

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author, academic strategist, and speaker. Her writing and speaking help parents set their kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. Her work has been featured in publications such as The Huffington Post, USA Today, NerdWallet, and US News and World Report.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski. She lives in Minneapolis.

This Saturday session is brought to you courtesy of Rhode Island Hope chapter of the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC). ICC helps homeschooling families develop ordinary students into extraordinary leaders.

FAQs

Will this session be offered in our area at any other time?

No. Jeannie is from Minneapolis, so this opportunity to hear her live in Massachusetts and Rhode Island is a rare one.

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome to attend, but Jeannie’s sessions are most highly recommended for students ages 12–26 and their parents. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 and both their parents attend together.

My kids are still in middle school. Isn’t it too early for us to be thinking about college?

Did you know that students can start applying for college scholarships as early as 8th grade? Help your son or daughter to develop one amazing essay, and then watch him or her use it over and over again to apply for scholarships throughout middle school, high school, and college. 

We have 10 children. Do we all need tickets?

Each attendee needs a ticket. The first ticket purchased by your family is $59.00. Each additional attendee from your same immediate family pays only $25.00. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 attend this session with both parents.

Foster children count as being from your same immediate family.

To register, click here.

We’d like to bring a friend of the family along. Can he or she get in for just $25.00 as one of our family members?

Since this friend is not a member of your immediate family, he or she would attend at the $59.00 ticket level.

We don’t homeschool. Are we still welcome to attend these sessions?

All are welcome. Jeannie Burlowski’s sessions are for all parents and students—public, private, and homeschooled.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds are allowed up until 24 hours before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It’s helpful if you can print it and bring it, but if you forget it, you can get in by showing picture ID.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. If you can’t use it, you may sell or give it to a friend.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. Completely OK.

Where else can I find Jeannie Burlowski appearing live November 1–3, 2018?

Find Jeannie at her Saturday BOOK SIGNING with Cookie Reception to Follow (FREE EVENT)

Louttit Library, 274 Victoria Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Book signing 2:00–3:00 pm | Cookie Reception 3:00–4:00 pm

Personally signed books make great holiday gifts.

How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

You may email your event questions to Jeannie@JeannieBurlowski.com.

Date: November 3, 2018
Time: 8:30-11:30 AM EDT
Event: MAKE THEM SAY WOW: Write Brilliant Scholarship Application Essays
Venue: Coventry-West Greenwich Elks Lodge
Location: RI No. 2285, 42 Nooseneck Hill Road
West Greenwich, RI 02817
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Want me to teach this class somewhere near you? When I travel to speak, I pay my own airfare. Who do you know who plans conferences and events? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn how to bring me to your state.

The Sweaty Truth About Sports Scholarships

Parents of athletes fork out thousands to cover sports expenses over the years. Many wonder, “Is all this time, effort, and money going to pay off big when this kid gets to college?” Here, the sweaty truth about sports scholarships.

truth about sports scholarships

1. The truth about sports scholarships: They can make it next to impossible to succeed academically. 

Student athletes are typically required to devote up to 40 hours per week to practices, travel, conditioning, and games. This article by NextStepU calls it “an unbelievable commitment in time and dedication…you may…be practicing at 6 a.m. or midnight or even twice a day.”

If your kid has an important test scheduled at the same time as travel back from a game, he’ll likely be told, “Too bad, you’re on a sports scholarship. Buck up and show that you’re all in on this sport.” Your daughter needs to study? She’ll likely hear, “Bring books and notes and study on the bus on the way.” Lack of quiet study space, pressure to repeatedly skip college classes, and sheer exhaustion from the schedule can wreak havoc with a student’s ability to focus on academics—the very reason he or she is at college in the first place.

Lynn O’Shaughnessy writes this, in Moneywatch:

Officially, D-I teams aren’t supposed to practice more than 20 hours a week though travel and other extra obligations aren’t included. In reality, the time restriction is often a joke. Conditioning or weight lifting, for instance, might be called voluntary, but the coach takes attendance and the kid who spends that time in the library could end up on the bench.

In the consulting work I do at GetIntoMedSchool.com, one of my clients explained his “B” in Organic Chemistry to me this way: “We flew home from a game, and I ran down the concourse and dove into the back of a taxi. I screamed at the driver to rush me to the building where my O Chem final was going on, but I was still 45 minutes late. The professor had no sympathy for my situation, and refused to give me any extra time. She said I should have made it a priority to be at the exam on time.”

2. The truth about sports scholarships: They’re not as lucrative as you think. 

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Do Families Need to Hire College Consultants? Really?

The dad sitting by you in the soccer bleachers tells you that he’s not worried about his kids’ college planning—because he’s hired a $5,000 college consultant to engineer the whole thing for him. You wonder, “Is this what parents have to do nowadays? Hire college consultants that cost as much as used cars? If parents don’t hire college consultants, do they shortchange their kids?”

It’s not necessary to hire college consultants—but it can be helpful in some cases.

Here are 10 things parents need to know before they hire college consultants.

hire college consultants

1. College consultants vary wildly in quality.

Some are fantastic, and some are terrible. Many high buck college consultants you see on the internet are simply moms or dads who went through the college application process with their own kids last year, and now they see themselves as experts on college planning and financing.

2. Ask a ton of questions before you pay a dime.

Ask lots of exploratory questions about how long they’ve been in business, and how much of their service includes walking you through strategies that really work to get kids through college debt-free. Ask what career planning tools they use to make sure your kid ends up being employable after college.

3. Be sure to ask your prospective college consultant this critically important question.

Ask him or her to explain to you the two huge changes Barack Obama made to the US college financing system on September 13th, 2015—and how those changes will dramatically affect your kid when he or she is a sophomore in college. If your prospective college consultant can’t answer this question, run away and don’t look back.

4. Look for this very good sign.

If a college consultant hands you a copy of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward and says, “We’re going to be walking through the steps in this book together,” consider that a very good sign. It means you’ll have excellent one-on-one support for the journey, and you won’t miss a single debt-free college or career planning strategy along the way. (College consultants, financial planners, and wealth managers who do this can be found on the “Approved Consultants” tab on this website.)

5. Don’t hire college consultants who tell you this:

Don’t hire college consultants who say, “Oh, we don’t worry about career goal at this point. We’ll just get your son into a good college, and then he can take random college classes to see what he’s interested in. We’ll hope it’ll all come together into some kind of career five years from now.”

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