Here’s What Parents Are Telling Me (You’re Not Alone!)

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Because this is important.

If you’ve got a middle schooleror a high schooler in your life at this moment—by now you’ve heard. You can get clear, easy instructions that help you set those kids up to graduate college debt-free, ready to jump directly into careers they excel at and love.

And I’ve said this before—doesn’t that sound like what we all want for our kids? Not just dream colleges, but dream lives.

Hi, I’m Jeannie Burlowski—and I’m here to bring something new to the table.

I’m a full-time academic strategist, and I’m the author of the comprehensive guide for parents:

By the time we’re done today, you’re going to get a renewed burst of confidence that even you—as 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 20’s, 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 talk 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 talk about a possible solution to all of this.

I want to create safe space where you 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.

Let’s get you off of the internet when it comes to this incredibly important aspect of your kid’s lives.

Let’s be done with redundant information that’s way too basic, obviously incomplete, and maddeningly contradictory.

I want to create safe, quiet space where you get only the information you need, right when you need it, from an expert you trust, with no time wasted on information you don’t need.

And I want to accomplish all of this without you having to hire a $5,000 admissions consultant.

I mean—$5,000 is totally worth it if it’s going to keep your kids from having to make $950 student loan payments every month for decades after college. Right? Of course it’s worth it.

But let’s give you help that’s not going to cost even a tiny fraction of that.

Look, I hear you. No parent wants to feel isolated and alone in this critically important part of parenting.

If reading a book by yourself makes you feel isolated and alone, let’s give you a community of people who will be there for you—people who will hold you accountable to show up regularly and take the steps you can.

Even when life gets busy.

Now—I’m willing to create the structure that will do all this for you, and I’m willing to lead. But…

I’m not going to take my time to create this unless I know that it’s exactly what you need and will use.

Let me lay out a possible idea for us.

My thought is that in the next week or two, I invite parents and financial advisors and counselors and admissions consultants to be with me inside of an online TRIBE membership.

What is a TRIBE Membership?

Parents, financial advisors, high school counselors and advisors, and admissions consultants who join this membership will get an open door to be with me in person, online, in a group setting, 10–15 times per year—to get specialized guidance from me on this important topic.

Just 10–15 times per year.

Not a big commitment!

Plus, attendance at these online TRIBE Membership meetings will never be required.

Many parents will think of my TRIBE membership the way they think of their AAA auto club membership. Use it only when you get stuck!

Other parents will put all 15 membership sessions on their calendars—using our online meetings as a way to hold themselves accountable to keep moving forward toward their debt-free college goal.

Plus, free access to my online classes.

Perhaps best of all——my thought is that my TRIBE members should get free online access to my classes and seminars that other families pay hundreds of dollars to attend.

So, let’s say you’ve got kids anywhere between the ages of 12 and 26. You’ve always wanted to have these kids attend this half-day seminar I teach: THE STRATEGIC COLLEGE STUDENT: How to Get Higher Grades While Studying Less Than Most Other People.

But you live in the wilds of Montana, and airfare and hotel to get to where I’m teaching this live are just prohibitively expensive.

On one certain day of the year, you’ll be able to get online access to this class for free—wherever you are in the US—inside my membership. Can’t make it the day I have it scheduled? That’s OK. I’ll give you a recording you can access for a couple of weeks afterward.

I’m only going to open the doors to this membership just twice each year.

I’ll open the doors for about five days in March, and then again for about 5 days in September.

The rest of the year I’ll be putting all my energy into serving and helping the parents, and financial advisors, and school counselors, and admissions consultants who are learning and growing with me inside my membership.

More info about this will be coming out over the next week in my free email newsletter.

Be sure you’re seeing this newsletter right in your primary email inbox by following the whitelisting instructions at newsletter.

Invitations to join my TRIBE membership will only be extended to parents and financial advisors who open and read my free email newsletter.

Now—here’s what I need from you. Please tell me.

What are your questions and comments and ideas for this membership that I’m building?

How can I make it the best possible experience for you?

Comment below or LIKE Jeannie Burlowski Author on Facebook, find this post on that page, and let’s talk about it there.

Even if you’ve weighed in on this subject before, If you have a new, different idea or question—let me know.

I’m obsessed with making this TRIBE membership the most user friendly it can possibly be.

So I want to know what would help you most.

I’ll be coming out with another video in a few days where we’ll talk about this more. It’ll be fun for you to hear what other parents and financial advisors are saying about this idea.

It’s true that parents are getting fabulous results with debt-free college just by using this book.

You can see this in the amazing book reviews I’m getting from parents and financial advisors and college finance professionals at

But for parents of kids ages 12–18 who want more than just a book…

For just 5 days in March and 5 days in September, they’ll be able to enter a safe space where there’s more.

This is great news for parents of middle schoolers and high schoolers who want to:

  1. Read as little as possible.
  2. Spend the least possible amount of time on debt-free college prep—doing only the steps that get the biggest, fastest results.
  3. Get support and encouragement from me, the expert. Hear my voice telling you month after month, “It’s OK! You don’t have to do all this stuff! Just do what you can and leave the rest!”
  4. Have questions welcomed and answered during the 15 online meetings I hold each year.
  5. Do away with parenting isolation by becoming a part of a community that shows up regularly to be with you on this step-by-step journey.

Accountability and progress will naturally result—all while you spend the least amount of time possible.

The biggest rewards on this, of course, go to families who get going on this early—but even if the kids you care about are in high school right now— it’s not too late to jump in.

Learn about my specialized credential for leading this TRIBE.

You can hear my story and learn about my specialized credential for leading this TRIBE in episode 1 of my podcast. You’ll find it at

Want a jumpstart into debt-free college right now?

I can give you specialized directions on how to use LAUNCH—based specifically on the age of your kid. Just watch one of the fast-paced 10-minute videos at

Together, as a team, let’s save your family thousands of dollars on unnecessary college costs.

Let’s save your family time and heartache that can come with having 20-something kids who aren’t ready to go out into the world and support themselves.

Until the next time we’re together, remember—with just a little help, you can get the kids you care about through college debt-free, and into jobs they love afterward.

My team and I are leading a debt-free college revolution. We hope you’ll join us.

(The video above was filmed in the studio where I film my podcast, but it’s not technically a podcast episode. You can find my podcast episode 1 here.)

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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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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.