In College? Do This and Slash Your Student Loan Debt

If you’re currently in college—or if you’re a parent who’s taken out dreaded Parent PLUS loans—you’d love for a hero in a red cape to swoop down and tell you how to slash your student loan debt.

The hero is here.

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1. Slash your student loan debt by applying for scholarships while you’re in college.

Oh—you thought that students could only apply for scholarships during high school?

It’s not true. Sorry—you’ve been given bad information that could cost you and whomever you marry massive amounts of unnecessary debt. Bad information that could compound your parents’ grief if you die unexpectedly.

Here’s the truth. Students can apply for scholarships while they’re in college, and while they’re in grad school.

2. Apply for 10 scholarships every single year during college and grad school.

Knocking out 10 scholarship applications each year is actually easy.

Student, just commit to yourself that each year you’re enrolled, your summer break won’t begin until you have 10 scholarship applications submitted.

Submit them in the spring of the year—or give up a warm summer beach day to do it. Your choice.

3. Use this handy resource to find scholarships to apply for.

Read all the way to the bottom of this article, and I’ll show you where to find 1.5 million scholarships to apply for—even if lower grades and test scores are a part of your academic story.

Boom. You’ve just been given a fantastic, effective way to slash your student loan debt.

If it seems like you don’t meet all the requirements for a scholarship you’re interested in—if you come from the wrong racial background or have the wrong GPA for instance—apply anyway. Students get scholarships they aren’t 100% qualified for all. the. time.

4. Parents, if your child refuses to fill out scholarship applications, do this.

Use this hilarious strategy and watch the student you love run to find scholarships to apply for.

Then devour this debt-free college book, so you can make sure you’re using every non-scholarship debt-free college strategy as well.

5. To save hours of time, create just one compelling application essay and use it again and again.

I teach students and parents exactly how to do this in my 3-hour class entitled MAKE THEM SAY WOW: How to Write Brilliant Scholarship Application Essays.

Sign up for email updates on this website, and then whitelist me so I can reach you and let you know your very next opportunity to take this class from me—either live in your area, or online.

Students, show the class description below to your parents, and they’ll happily pay for you to take this class.

Class description:

Parent, imagine a student you love applying for 10 scholarships every single year, starting in 8th grade and going all the way through grad school. 80–100 scholarships altogether.

Wow! That would be amazing! But who wants to write 100 scholarship 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 the best details about your kid—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.

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:

To see what other parents and students are saying about this session (and to see the instructor in a very helpful video), visit

Need a little help motivating a teen or a college student to want to come to this event? See this great article on Should You Pay Your Teen to Do Things. Read it, and you’ll likely end up spending less on your child’s life expenses this year than you ever have before.

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Remember, applying for scholarships during college and grad school is only a small part of the picture when it comes to getting a student through college debt-free. 

For clear, step-by-step help with the whole debt-free college process from beginning to end, it takes only 7 hours to read my book:

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

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You can see why financial planners and wealth managers love LAUNCHhere.

You can see the top 9 questions parents are asking me about LAUNCHhere.

Read just one chapter of LAUNCH every 1–3 months while your child’s in middle school and high school, and you’ll know every viable strategy for debt-free college at exactly the right time to implement it.

And if your child’s already well past middle school? That’s OK; you can run to catch up. But the process of getting your kids through college debt-free goes more smoothly the earlier you start it—especially if you’re not planning to save up any money to pay for college.

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What about you? What strategies have you found for getting rid of student loan debt before college graduation?

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Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, author, speaker, and podcast host. Her writing, speaking, and podcasting 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, and on CBS News.

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