There’s Medical-Based Financial Aid? YES!

If your child has even a relatively minor medical problem, he or she may qualify for medical-based financial aid to help pay for college.

The key thing you need to know is—medical-based financial aid isn’t applied for the regular way (through the FAFSA form).

Families apply for medical-based financial aid through other channels that—in the past—have been tricky to figure out.

The easiest way for parents to learn about medical-based financial aid? This book by Jason White:

I’ve read this book cover to cover, and I loved it.

This quick-read, 87-page book is available on Amazon here:

From the back cover:

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Got Kids Ages 12–26? You Need This

Jam-Packed Webinar Sponsored by Thrivent's Chicagoland 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.

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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. 

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 1:00 pm CDT | 11:00 pm PDT | 2:00 pm EDT

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View a fast-paced 3-minute video invitation by Jeannie Burlowski, our webinar presenter, here:

* These webinars are brought to the community at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Thrivent. Nothing is sold in these webinars. These webinars are available at these times only and will not be replayed. Connect with a caring Thrivent professional at Thrivent.com.

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Will Your Kid Be Able to Afford His Dream Life?

Will your daughter be able to afford her dream life? Will your son be able to live the way he wants to—considering the adult income he’s headed toward right now?

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Have your kids (ages 8–26) complete this short quiz sponsored by Jump$tart. (They’re rockstars in building financial literacy for students.)

Take the Jump$tart quiz here:

Jump$tart’s Reality Check

If your teen or college student wants to get a good job someday but doesn’t know which career focus to pick, here’s a great inspiring article that can help—no matter the kid’s current age:

12th Grader’s Got No Career Direction? Do This—Right Now.

Give your kids a jump-start on a dream life. Get your copy of:

It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing cover to cover. Pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.

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Exciting FAFSA Changes Coming in 2022! I’m On It!

Exciting FAFSA changes are coming—in 2022!

I’ve been telling families for years—be 100% sure to fill out the FAFSA financial aid form every October 1st that there’s even a chance you’ll have a kid in college or trade school the following fall—because you don’t want to leave free college money on the table.

This is still true, and it still applies to you even if you’re rich.

Always fill out the FAFSA financial aid form, always at your earliest opportunity. This advice will not change.

Now you’re wondering, “How will these 2022 FAFSA changes affect my kids specifically?

If you’re feeling worried about FAFSA changes at all—just hold your horses.

I’m here to help my followers make a seamless, effortless leap between the old FAFSA system and the new one.

You’ll be right where you need to be if you’ll open my free weekly email newsletter every Monday morning. This is how I’ll keep you completely updated. Get your free subscription here, now. Don’t delay.

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Best news—when the time is right, I’ll be providing all the info you’ll need about FAFSA changes—all in one place.

For now, we’re all continuing to proceed through the clear directions in the first edition of my book, LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward. (Learn the fastest, easiest way to use this book based on your kid’s age at bit.ly/easylaunchinstructions.)

When it’s time for us to shift to the new FAFSA system, an updated, brand-new second edition of LAUNCH will pull all the pieces together for parents of kids ages 12–26—and for the professionals who serve them.

That won’t happen for a while, though—so be sure you’re continuing to follow the instructions in the first edition of LAUNCH that’s currently available on Amazon.

This plan will make sure your family doesn’t fall behind in any way.

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Love Kids Ages 12–26? You Need This

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Choose one, or attend all three of these free online events:

1. April 1st, 2021 How to Win More College Scholarships—Starting in 8th Grade (1 hour)

What’s one powerful thing any kid can do to become a top contender for college scholarships—even with lower grades and test scores? Learn this—along with a strategy for writing one scholarship application essay that can be used over and over again to apply for more than 100 different scholarships. For students ages 12–26 and their parents and grandparents, and for the professionals who serve them.

Thursday, April 1st, 2021 7:00 pm CDT | 5:00 pm PDT | 8:00 pm EDT

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2. April 8th, 2021 How Grandparents Are Lighting the Way to Debt-Free College For the Kids They Love (1 hour)

Learn an innovative, practical way that grandparents can build ongoing, loving
connection with their grandchildren, leave a legacy that will last, and increase the probability that the grandkids will graduate college debt-free—all without spending one penny more than the grandparents are right now. For parents and grandparents of students ages 12–26, and the professionals who serve them.

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

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3. 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.

(Note: your link to get into the webinar will come to you from Thrivent. Check all your email folders for “Thrivent.”)

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

* These webinars are brought to the community at no charge, thanks to the generosity of Thrivent. Nothing is sold in these webinars. These webinars are available at these times only and will not be replayed. Connect with a caring Thrivent professional at Thrivent.com.

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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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