Friends, I’m heartbroken over what is happening in Minneapolis and around the United States.

I’ve been fighting against income and education inequality as hard as I can for 10 years. Thank you to all who have helped me. I am redoubling my efforts—if I can just see past the tears in my eyes. I am wrecked.

I am also looking for hope—and I saw some today.

In Minnesota—a lot of us are Scandinavians who don’t know what to say when someone we care deeply about is overcome by grief and heartbreak.

And so what we do is, we bring food. That is happening today all over Minneapolis.

Hopes for healing and love and 5 loaves and 2 fishes in a sea of brown paper bags—after Minneapolis’ Sanford Middle School asked for 85 bags of groceries to feed students.

There are at least several thousand bags here! And traffic stacked in every direction, for blocks. (The extra will go to food shelves.) One man said he waited in line for over an hour to donate $500 worth of food and groceries.

What you can’t see in this photo is that heartfelt, heartbroken prayers—for healing and systemic change and for justice to roll down like a mighty river—are even more abundant than the bags on this sidewalk.

I believe that a good army is rising up. I believe that help is on the way.

Together, friends—let’s fight for what’s good, and beautiful, and right.

Love, Jeannie

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full-time academic strategist, podcast host, and sought-after speaker for students ages 12–26 and their parents and grandparents, and she is the author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Though College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward. 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 GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski.

On Memorial Day, 2020—We Pledge to Make a Difference

On Memorial Day, 2020, we remember those who have risked their lives, and given their lives for us.

And we as adults pledge to make a difference.

We pledge to help build courage and character into the teens and 20-somethings we care about—so much so that they’re able to help bring about a more peaceful, more caring world.

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If we’re able to do this, we can make every future day a Memorial Day.

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It’s Catch-Up Week! Which of These Haven’t You Seen?

I’m spending Memorial Day having as much fun as I possibly can—and I hope you are too.

Whenever I take time off like this, I like to point you to some of my most helpful recent articles that you may have missed. This gives you a chance to catch up—right on a week when you may have a little extra time yourself.

Hear Me Interviewed on the FamVestor Podcast
See me live in my living room in Minnesota! Lots of ideas for parents of littles and older kids too. Listen while you’re cooking dinner.

Urgent Info for Parents of 9th Graders
Parents, do this now—and set yourself up to get way more financial aid money in 3 years.

Financial advising professionals—my understanding is that you should be able to send this article on to clients without creating a compliance issue, as long as you’ve discussed this topic with the client beforehand, and, when you send it, you include the suggestion that you meet to discuss it further on a future date. Thanks for being a hero to these families!

Applying for Scholarships During the Pandemic (ages 12–26)
This is a good idea, and I make it easy. Kids who see 4 minutes of my video will be hooked.

Hope for Your Kid’s Future During COVID-19
An academic strategist explains why it’s going to be OK.

And then the big one:

MUST-HAVE Student Loan Info for During the Pandemic.
(This one may be the most important one for you.)

If you’re currently paying down student loan debt—or if you’ve cosigned for someone else who is—I urge you—please click above and listen to the “Student Loan Lady,” Betsy Mayotte, being interviewed on the Death, Sex & Money podcast.

The interview takes just 25 minutes, and it’ll provide you the most current information on whether you do or do not have to pay on your particular student loans right now. (Betsy may keep you from making a mistake that could cost you thousands later.)

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A Kid You Care About Has ADHD or Behavior Problems?

This is a very long article—but if you love a child or teen with ADHD or behavior problems, you’re going to want to read the entire thing.

I did not write this. It’s an unedited, lengthy rant from a mother who has been in a situation very much like yours—and found life-changing answers. 

Is your child exhibiting signs of ADHD or behavior problems?

There’s a chance that it could be related to a sleep disorder.


I ran the following information by a medical doctor with ENT specialization, and she told me, “Yes—what is described in this article absolutely does merit specialized medical attention.”

This mother’s rant—unedited and in her own words—is below.

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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 2020. 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.

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 only 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 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 if you get stuck!”

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

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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How Will You Get Her Through College Debt-Free?

How will you get your daughter through college debt-free?

Step by step.

The same way you’ve gotten her through every other thing in life.

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For clear, step-by-step help getting your kids to one of life’s most monumental goals, it takes only 7 hours to read my book: 

You can get 10-minute, fast-paced video instruction on how to use this book most efficiently at bit.ly/easylaunchinstructions.

Hear my best strategies for parents of little kids in my interview on the FamVestor podcast.

You’ll find it here.

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Join Me Live Saturday—Get Inspiration About Scholarships

Join me live, online, on Saturday May 9th, 2020 for fresh inspiration on applying for scholarships.

Bring the kids (ages 12–26), and invite friends and family all over the U.S. to join you.

Easiest Way to Win College Scholarships—Starting in 8th Grade

Free Webinar

Saturday, May 9th, 2020
8:00 am PDT
10:00 am CDT
11:00 am EDT

This webinar is available at this specific time only, and will not be recorded or replayed. Registration is required. Register here.

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In less than one hour, I’ll be covering:

1. How to motivate students ages 12–26 to want to fill out scholarship applications. (For some of you, this one point alone will be worth thousands of dollars to you.)

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MUST-HAVE Student Loan Info for During the Pandemic (AUDIO)

With Student Loan Advisor Betsy Mayotte

The recording below contains critically important student loan info for during the pandemic. Forward this article on to anyone you know who’s spent any amount of time in college—ever. (As well as the parents who might have cosigned loans for them.)

You may have heard that the United States CARES Act (passed in March of 2020) has “suspended student loan payments for six months, interest-free.” But wait—is that actually true? Is it true in your family’s particular case?

If you’re a parent who’s cosigned a student loan, or worse—you’ve taken out a dreaded Parent PLUS loan, you need to know. You can’t risk making a student loan payment mistake that could cost you thousands later.student loan info for during the pandemicFor the best, most accurate student loan info for during the pandemic—I’m turning to Betsy Mayotte.

Betsy (affectionately known as “the student loan lady”) is the president and founder of The Institute of Student Loan Advisors (TISLA), online at freestudentloanadvice.org.

Don’t delay. Listen to Betsy Mayotte’s 25-minute interview on WNYC’s Death, Sex & Money podcast here.

Listen as soon as you can. You’ll get authoritative, clear, must-have student loan info for during the pandemic.

You’ll hear Betsy give clear answers to questions such as:

“So—75% of federal student loan borrowers will automatically receive a waiver of their student loan payments and 0% interest through September 30th, 2020. Am I included in that 75% or not?

The answer to this question is complicated, but Betsy provides clear answers.

Betsy also answers questions such as:

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The Kids Will Be OK! The Teachers Have Superpowers

Teachers everywhere want you to know—the kids are going to be OK.

The teachers are going to see to it.

If you’re a parent, here’s all you really need to do right now.

(It’s not much.)


Teachers are telling us:teachersParents, you can find additional caring help here:

The article will immediately help you feel better about your kid’s education and future during the pandemic: Hope For Your Kid’s Future During COVID-19.

If you’d like help motivating kids (ages 12–26) to rake in massive amounts of scholarship money during the pandemic, read here: Applying For Scholarships During the Pandemic.

Teachers with superpowers are on their way.

For now, parents—share your calm. Share your strength. Share your laughter.

It’s going to be OK.

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Easiest Way to Create a Top College Application Essay

Many of the articles on this website are for parents of students ages 12–26. This article—on how to create a top college application essay—is aimed specifically at high school students. Parents are encouraged to listen in to this advice as well.

Writing a top college application essay can be easy and fast when you follow these steps.

These steps are designed to help you get a top college application essay done confidently, and fast—with as little hassle as possible.

1. Try to complete your college application essay in April of 11th grade if possible.

Or as soon as possible after that.

I’ll explain why below.

college application essay

2. Start by creating one fantastic scholarship application essay using the instructions here.

Do this, and you’ll end up with one application essay that can be used over and over again—for many years—for many different purposes.

You’ll be able to use this essay to apply for over 80 scholarships—with very little time investment.

Reusing this essay as your college application essay is a genius strategy.

(You’ll find my 3-hour video class on how to create this multipurpose essay here.)

3. End your college application essay by saying that you want to develop your greatest talents further while you’re in college.

You do, don’t you? That’s why you’re going.

This sentence helps you to complete the argument that you’re highly focused and capable in key areas right now—but want college to help you grow even further.

4. When you’re asked to choose a college application essay topic on the common app, make your multipurpose essay fit by doing this:

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