Applying for Scholarships During the Pandemic (Ages 12–26)

Most of my writing and speaking is about getting kids through college debt-free without scholarships—but people have been asking me lately, “Would it be a good idea to apply for scholarships during the pandemic?”


Here, 4 great resources for families applying for scholarships during the pandemic:

1. Skim this article—it points you to 1.5 million scholarships to apply for.

2. Skim this article as well—it gives you a genius way to motivate your kids to want to fill out scholarship applications.

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3. Skim over this very popular article on how students can rake in college scholarships despite lower grades and test scores.

It’s encouraging!

4. Finally, take this 3-hour video class with your son or daughter (age 12–26): MAKE THEM SAY WOW: How to Write One Brilliant Scholarship Application Essay and Use it Over and Over Again.

In this 3-hour video class, I’ll teach you and your kids the fastest, most efficient way to fill out the greatest number of scholarship applications in the least possible amount of time.

[1/2-Day Seminar] MAKE THEM SAY “WOW!”

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Hope For Your Kid’s Future During COVID-19

Parents quarantined at home with children, teens, and college students are saying to themselves, “Yikes—I need hope for my kid’s future during COVID-19.”

Hope is here.

Here, 7 reasons to have hope for your kid’s future during COVID-19.

Pass this on to a friend who needs increased hope in uncertain times.

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1. The at-home schooling you’re doing now is not going to hurt your kid’s future.

I know it’s imperfect. I know it’s difficult to have a school routine when you don’t have enough quiet workspaces for all of your kids—and you’re trying to work from home too. It’s OK. Just do what you can, and trust that the gaps in your kids’ education during COVID-19 will even out later. They will.

2. Carefully quarantining your family is the best thing you can do for your kid’s future during COVID-19.

I know it takes time and energy. I know it’s stressful. I know you’re having to think about survival details you’ve never thought of before. I know you wonder when it will ever be over.

But keep on. One day at a time.

When you quarantine, you help protect your kids and others from grief over the deaths of people they love—and you protect us all from an unnecessarily prolonged economic downturn.

The more diligently we quarantine, the faster this will be over. I promise.

3. Remind yourself daily: This is temporary.

Dr. Eileen M Feliciano, Psy.D. comforts us with these words: “Take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult, and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is a season of life and it will pass. We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.”

4. COVID-19 will not diminish your child’s future college or grad school prospects.

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Got Little Kids? Hear Me Interviewed On the FamVestor Podcast

If you’re parenting little kids, don’t miss me being interviewed on the FamVestor podcast.

The FamVestor audience tends to be families with little kids, so I provided lots of debt-free college strategy for exactly that demographic.

Listen to just 8 minutes of the audio, and you’ll be hooked.

Even if you can’t save up one penny to help pay for college.

Click here to play:

Listen while you’re making dinner for your little kids!

Or—the entire interview is also available on video.

Opt for the video version and you’ll  get to see me, at home in my very own personal living room. (It’s the very first time the general public has ever been invited into my living room!)

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Live, Online Help is HERE—Inside My TRIBE Membership

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 the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterwardyou’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.

Get all the details here.

Doors are open for an extremely short time, and space is limited.

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Get all the details right now, here.

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This Strategy Equips You to Slash Future College Costs

For Parents of Students Ages 12–18

If you can, just skip reading the content below and instead—listen to me delivering it on audio. Listen while you’re driving or getting ready in the morning, here:

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If you can’t do audio right now, read on.

Today I’m going to teach you a little-known, really clever debt-free college strategy that’ll take you less than a couple of hours to implement—and all by itself, it can save you thousands and thousands on college costs.

One 18-year-old used this strategy even though he was pretty sure it couldn’t possibly work for him, and he was shocked to walk away with $30,000 extra in free money to help pay his college bills.

You’ll need this strategy in your back pocket whether you’re currently parenting elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, or high schoolers.

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

If you can, please just skip reading the content below and instead—listen to me delivering it on audio. Listen while you’re driving or getting ready in the morning, here:

If you can’t do audio right now, read on.

Because this is important.

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We’re Overcoming ALL the Blocks and Obstacles

Lately, I’ve really been doubling down on figuring out exactly which blocks and obstacles are keeping parents from moving confidently toward debt-free college for their kids.

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From talking to parents when I speak, I know that they want debt-free college strategy that is:

  1. Clear, easy to digest, and quick
  2. Complete
  3. Does not require much work from parents
  4. Safest and best for the child, regardless of where she goes in life
  5. Inspiring and reassuring—makes you feel good
  6. Tailored to kids’ ages and individual family needs—so parents don’t have to read or listen to anything they don’t need right now.

This last one is especially important.

Parents want clear, quick, specific instruction that applies to where their kids are right now.

No parent wants to spend time reading or listening to directions they’re not going to need for a year.

Because of this, I’ve taken two steps that are game changers for busy parents.

First—I organized my book of debt-free college instructions so that parents only read one chapter every three months or so—and every chapter is directed straight at a kid’s current month and year in school.

Then I created a fast-paced, 10-minute video training that explains how to use the book in the fastest, most efficient way.

Boom. Tailored to be exactly what you need, right now.

Second—because I know that parents are having individual questions they want answered—in mid-March of 2020 I’ll be opening the doors to a membership—where parents will have an open door to be with me in person, online, in a group setting, 10–15 times per year.

Doors to this membership will open for just 5 days in mid-March 2020.

You can find out more about this membership (and learn about the deep, altogether understandable parent needs that are inspiring me to create it) here.

Opportunity to join will only be extended to readers of my free weekly email newsletter.

You (and your friends) can subscribe now at

Parents, we need to talk about the blocks and obstacles you’re facing more in depth.

The stakes are high for your kids. College debt is a big deal.

If we, together, can overcome your blocks and obstacles and lay necessary, wise debt-free college groundwork early on, you can save the kids you love decades of unhappiness and struggle.

Even if you can’t save a penny, even if you’re not a candidate for government financial aid, even if your kids don’t get a single scholarship.

I want to hear more about the obstacles you’re encountering as you work toward this very important goal.

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I Need Your Input as I Finalize My TRIBE Membership!

To get straight to the description of my TRIBE Membership, zoom to the red writing below. membershipI’m stunned and amazed at the great response I’ve gotten to the short, succinct video trainings I sent out last week.

Specialized help—based on the age of your kid—with no video longer than 10 minutes! Parents are loving having fast, inspiring grade specific training that only gives them info they need right now.

The stories of exciting success are flowing in—along with gratitude that I just made the whole process even easier.

At the same time, this has opened up wellsprings of raw emotion in some parents.

Some of what I’m hearing sounds like this:

1. “I want to get my kids through college debt-free and set up for real jobs after college—but I don’t have time to read very much.

Please just give me the least amount to read possible.”

2. “I seriously don’t have time to do very much! Please give me just the bare bones that I need right now.”

3. “When I can’t do much, please support me and tell me, ‘That’s OK! This is still going to work out!'”

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6 Things I Learned From My Website Redesign

Here are 6 major things I learned during my large-scale website redesign process.

1. It’s important for me to have the right person managing the tech side of website design.

Because I’m incorporating a TRIBE membership into my website this time around, I needed a person with experience managing all the pieces that go into that.

Jacquie at White Space Design is doing a great job for me, even though I’m in Minnesota and she’s in Australia.


2. It helps me to look at other people’s websites to get inspiration.

My favorite inspiration came from and

What I noticed on each of these sites was simplicity, clarity, and carefully placed calls to action.

3. It helps me to think of a website as a series of boxes stacked on top of each other.

The top box is most important. It needs to immediately answer the question every website visitor will be asking: “What life change am I going to get—if I stay on this site for 9 seconds?”

This is funny when I think of it—but it’s true!

My top box will say, “Set your kids up to graduate college debt-free and move directly into careers they excel at and love. (Even if they don’t get a single scholarship.)”

I already know—this is an empowerment promise that parents love.

4. For me, the first step on website redesign starts with pencil and paper.

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Got an 11th or 12th Grader Headed For College?

Below, I give you 10 minutes of fast-paced video training created specifically for parents of 11th and 12th graders.

If you’ve got a bright, capable 11th or 12th grader headed for college—you’re probably wondering, “How are we going to pay for that?”

You’re especially thinking this if your kid isn’t a likely candidate for scholarships, you haven’t saved for college, and you make too much money to get government financial aid. (Or you think you do.)

You absolutely don’t want mountains of student loan debt for the kids you love.

Is there hope for getting your kids through college debt-free? Yes.

But you’ll need someone to guide you.

Your journey toward debt-free college starts right here, right now.

This short 10-minute video will give you the jump-start you need to get the kids you love through college debt-free, and into jobs they love afterward.

Watch, and then share with the friends who’ll be with you on this journey.

(This fun, informal video was made in the studio where I record my podcasts, but it’s not technically a podcast episode. You can find Episode 1 of my podcast here.)

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