Love Kids Ages 12–26? You Need This

Jam-Packed Webinar Sponsored by Thrivent's Northland Region

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 for a webinar instantly below—for free, courtesy of Thrivent.

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1. April 15th, 2021 How to Convince Kids They Don’t Need Student Loans (1 hour)

Learn 3 surprising strategies that help students ages 12–18 to develop professional confidence early on, increase potential to graduate college debt-free, and feel poised and ready to step directly into satisfying career after college. (Even if they don’t get a single scholarship.) For students ages 12–18, their parents and grandparents, and the professionals who serve them. 

Thursday, April 15th, 2021 7:00 pm CDT | 5:00 pm PDT | 8:00 pm EDT

FREE Register here.

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View a fast-paced 3-minute video invitation by our webinar presenter here.

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Live, Online Help is Here—Join My TRIBE Membership Waiting List

Doors to my TRIBE Membership are currently closed. Doors will open again for just 5 days in September of 2021. This page allows you to learn more, and join the Waiting List. Space is limited.

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 this bookyou’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.

Whether the kids you care about are in middle school or in high school right now.

(Learn what other parents are saying about this at the bottom of this page.)

The doors to my TRIBE Membership are currently closed.

Doors open just twice each year—for 5 days in March and 5 days in September.

Space is limited.

Join when the doors are open and get these 6 benefits:

1. TRIBE Members get access to the author online, in a group setting, 10–15 times per year.

Just 10–15 times per year—not a big time commitment!

Read your scheduled chapter in LAUNCH, and then attend the corresponding online group meeting if you have questions or would like extra help. That’s it! No extra work for you beyond just the 10–15 online meetings each year.

Many of the parents, financial advising professionals, guidance counselors, and admissions consultants inside this TRIBE Membership think of it the way they think of their AAA Auto Club membership. “Use it only when you get stuck!”

Other members carefully put every TRIBE Membership meeting into their calendars—using our online gatherings as a way to keep accountable and keep moving.

You never know—someone else in the TRIBE Membership might come up with a question or an idea you’d never thought of before. We’re better together!

2. TRIBE Members get the powerful boost that comes from accountability.

You might forget to read a book on your shelf—but when you’ve got an online meeting on your calendar, you’re going to show up, be prepared, and take action when the meeting’s over.

When people are expecting you—you show up.

And showing up is what keeps you moving forward on the debt-free college and thriving career journey.

Whether the teens you care about are being cooperative right now or not—and no matter your family income level.

And if you need to miss a session? No problem. Recordings are available inside the membership for two weeks after each session is over.

3. TRIBE Members save time. (They get the 3-session View From The Top of the Mountain class included for free.)

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What’s the #1 Best-Selling College Financial Aid Book?

In 2021, my book LAUNCH hit #8 on Book Authority’s list of 51 Best-Selling College Financial Aid Books of All Time.

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I was excited! But then I thought:

“OK—which book is the #1 best-selling college financial aid book of all time?”

I was overjoyed to see that the #1 best-selling college financial aid book of all time is Frank Bruni’s rockstar best-seller Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania.

I love this book because it echoes exactly what I say emphatically on my podcast here and in this article here. Gallup research shows that elite education does not actually lead to a happier life! Though I do recommend that everyone avoid for profit schools, students can attend lower-ranked colleges and still make their best, highest dreams come true.

Bruni’s book is a must-read not only for parents and students, but also for teachers and school counselors who sometimes inadvertently and unnecessarily pour gasoline on student anxiety by casually dropping this untrue sentence: “If you don’t get into a good school, you won’t be able to get a good job when you graduate.”

(This is not true! Frank Bruni explains why.)

Here’s the Amazon description for Book Authority‘s best-selling financial aid book of all time:

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No More SAT II Subject Tests! Whoo-hoo!

If you’ve got a copy of my book, you can happily cross out what it says about SAT II subject tests on page 80.

Whoo-hoo!

The College Board has announced it will no longer be providing SAT II subject tests.

No more SAT II subject tests! This is great news for students!

Why?

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Because in the past, many 12th graders found themselves lamenting, “What in the world? Some colleges I’m applying to want me to take an hour-long subject test in U.S. History, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, or Literature? It’s been years since I had those classes! I’ve forgotten most of that stuff! Why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner?”

This caused stress and consternation for students all over the country—but not for the students and parents who follow me.

Readers of my book were alerted to this—starting as early as 9th grade.

Students whose parents follow the clear steps in my book were tipped off, on page 80: “As soon as you finish a class on one of these subjects, whether you’re in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade, quick—go take the SAT II subject test on that subject. This might allow you to fulfill basic degree requirements, or get college credit for certain introductory-level courses. In some cases, strong SAT II subject test scores on a college application can help boost an applicant’s admissions ranking.”

Students who did this as early as 9th grade sidestepped senior year stress and pressure that ended up nailing the students who were surprised by this additional testing.

Would you like to be forewarned and fully informed about topics like these?

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Got Irresponsible Kids? Immediate Help Here

Today I’m featuring an article by Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC that originally appeared on empoweringParents.com. If you’re worn out by parenting irresponsible kids—if you feel at a loss as to what to do about it—this article is for you.

Debbie’s article on parenting irresponsible kids is here.

Irresponsible kids take up massive amounts of parental energy.

I love this article because it explains in practical terms how to allow your irresponsible child to be emotionally separate from you.

This idea of “emotionally separate” might seem odd to you at first. You might think, “Wait a second—I want to be emotionally close to my kids! Not separate!” But give this article a chance.

You just might find yourself feeling closer to your kids than ever.

While saving your own energy for taking care of yourself.

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You can help irresponsible kids become happy, responsible kids.

Read Debbie Pincus’s great article on parenting irresponsible kids here.

After you do, you might feel greatly inspired that your teen or college student should get a part-time job. Get help and support on this subject by listening to my podcast episode where I talk about how great part-time jobs can be for teens and college students.

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The Genius Way to Hack the Education System

Today, let’s talk about a genius way you can hack the education system for any kid age 15 and up.

If you’ll use just one simple tool—and just about two hours of your time—you can hack the education system so that it works better for the uniquely created kids you care about.

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The genius way to hack the education system:

1. Spend less than $15 and order the CliftonStrengths Assessment. (Also called StrengthsFinder 2.0.)

Be sure to order a brand new copy—so it’ll have the one-time code in the back that allows your child to go online and take the CliftonStrengths assessment.

2. The assessment will arrive in the form of a hardcover book. Flip to the back of the book, and rip open the red envelope you find there.

You’ll find instructions inside that allow one person (age 15+) to go online, answer 177 rapid-fire questions, and instantly learn his or her top 5 human strengths based on Gallup research.

3. Afterward, have your child read the easy-to-read chapters associated with each of his or her strengths—with pen in hand.

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Debt-Free College? Really? YEP. Start Here.

Debt-free college? Is that even possible for ordinary families?

YEP.

No matter your current income level, and even if your kids don’t get a single scholarship.

Debt-free college is achievable. Here’s the starting line.

Recently, Parents.com did an article on me. They asked me, “What 5 things should families focus on first—if their goal is debt-free college for their kids?”

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For families who realize that happily ever after for their kids includes starting out on solid financial footing, the Parents.com article is really helpful.

(And if you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll benefit from hearing my strategies in someone else’s voice!)

Read the Parents.com article about debt-free college here.

It contains a surprise bonus: a 4-minute video about me and my family that tells how I went from being a test prep instructor and admissions consultant to inspiring the world about debt-free college. It’s a video feature called Real Moms/Real Money—and the day it came out, Martha Stewart shared it on Facebook!

If you’ve ever thought it’d be fun to see me in my house, in my real mom life, here’s your chance!

Give your kids a great start toward happily ever after.

See the 5 big debt-free college strategies in the article, and watch the Parents.com video here.

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Why Your Kid Needs a STRENGTHS Coach (More Than a Sports Coach)

Right now you might be thinking, “A strengths coach? What is that?”

Every child (and every adult) has personal strengths they can capitalize on to achieve success and highest levels of life satisfaction.

Do you know exactly what your greatest strengths are? I’m not talking about guessing. Do you know your strengths because you’ve had a professional person assess you, and name and describe your strengths for you?

Can you imagine how teens’ lives might change if they had a professional do this for them?

Let’s talk about that today.

Strengths coaching can relieve stress and pressure for your teens—and, as a side benefit, it can also contribute to your family saving $50,000 or more on college costs.

Read on to learn more.

Strengths coaching helps teens clarify the bullseye on the target before they take aim and shoot.

Here’s the #1 best tool I recommend for that.

When students reach age 15—or as soon as possible after that—I recommend they do some specific assessment work that helps them know what they’re naturally good at, what they love, what they’re naturally interested in, how they relate to other people, get energy, solve problems, make decisions—and what natural strengths and talents they bring to personal life and to the world of work.

Students who know these things—students who can verbalize these things as early as 10th grade—aren’t just amazing in job interviews starting very early on. They don’t just enjoy increased confidence. They’re also in ideal positions to start choosing college programs they might want to be a part of.

Like an arrow, straight to a bullseye.

Not one wasted class, not one wasted dollar.

Here’s the specific assessment I recommend taking first.

Once your child reaches early high school, I want him or her to take the CliftonStrengths Assessment under the direction of a live, human, Gallup-certified strengths coach.

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This is important, because I don’t want you and your kid to just read over some printed results on paper and then toss the paper to the side.

You need a trained, qualified strengths coach to do this with you—and it can’t be me.

I don’t do Gallup strengths coaching myself—I’m not certified to do it.

You’ll need a Gallup certified strengths coach who will go over Gallup strengths results with you and your child, and be with you—either in person or in a teleconference—providing one-on-one training and coaching for you and your child as you apply this assessment knowledge to life, to family relationships, to the path to college, and to thoughts about future career.

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In My Keynote Address—I Made This Amazing Promise

On Sunday, October 4th, 2020, I was the keynote speaker at the online College Planning Untangled conference.

Below is a small segment of that keynote.

(If you’ve followed me for a while—can you guess what key principle I was speaking about here?)

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I said:

“Here’s our third goal for tonight. Toward the end of our time together in this hour, I’m going to teach you one key principle that no one else you know is talking about.

One key principle that can untangle all the college confusion—and send your kid shooting like an arrow straight to a bullseye—without stress, pressure, or anxiety of any kind.

I’m going to give you a phrase to write down. Write this down now so you’ll be sure to catch it when I talk about it tonight:

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Melanie Lockert’s Jolting Student Loan Debt Wake-Up Call

Melanie Lockert of Los Angeles, California tells about the jolting student loan debt wake-up call she had right after completing grad school.

Lockert’s jolting student loan debt wake-up call

Lockert had wisely worked multiple part-time jobs throughout school, and for five years had made consistent monthly payments on her student loan debt. Yet, when she left grad school, she still owed a whopping $68,000 on her $81,000 student loan bill.

She’d worked so hard, and paid so faithfully—yet she still owed a staggering $68,000? How could this be?

The insidious nature of student loan debt interest

As Lockert dug into the “why” behind what had happened to her, she uncovered the reason. For five entire years, she’d paid only the minimum each month.

“When I graduated from NYU, I started to do the math and I realized I was paying $11 a day in interest,” she says. “That just really woke me up.”

Lockert was paying $11 a day in interest on her student loan debt

No wonder she wasn’t getting ahead.

Now Lockert warns others.

“When I was 17/18, I signed up for student loans not knowing how interest worked,” she told CNBC Select. “I subscribed to the idea that everyone has student loans, that it’s good debt. It wasn’t until I graduated from NYU when I was more broke than before that I realized the only way I was going to get out of debt was by paying more than the minimum.”

Photo courtesy of Melanie Lockert and Dear Debt

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