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

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...

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

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...

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Got a 9th or 10th Grader Headed For College?

Got a 9th or 10th Grader Headed For College?

Below, I give you 10 minutes of fast-paced video training created specifically for parents of 9th and 10th graders. If you've got a bright, capable 9th or 10th grader headed for college—you're probably wondering, "How are we going to pay for that?" You're especially...

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Debt-Free College Training—Fast and Easy

Debt-Free College Training—Fast and Easy

Watch just one of the short, succinct video trainings below, and you'll be on the fast track to getting the kids you love through college debt-free.  If you've got a bright, capable middle schooler or high schooler headed for college—you're probably wondering, "How...

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Got a 7th or 8th Grader Headed For College?

Got a 7th or 8th Grader Headed For College?

Below, I give you 7 minutes of fast-paced video training created specifically for parents of 7th and 8th graders. If you've got a bright, capable 7th or 8th grader headed for college—you're probably wondering, "How are we going to pay for that?" You're especially...

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Top 10 Most Loved Debt-Free College Articles

Top 10 Most Loved Debt-Free College Articles

This is the perfect article to post in your Facebook group—or copy and send to your entire homeschooling co-op. Why? Because almost everybody parenting kids ages 12–26 will find at least one article they desperately need right now in the list below. (The government...

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This Book Reviewer Gave ME the “Best Gift Ever.”

This Book Reviewer Gave ME the “Best Gift Ever.”

I could hug the person who wrote this review of my book, on November 17th, 2019. For an author like me, a book review like this is the best gift ever. You can see the rest of this review on Amazon here. (Look in "most recent reviews.") Want to buy the "best gift ever"...

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Don’t Miss This FREE Debt-Free College Newsletter

Don’t Miss This FREE Debt-Free College Newsletter

One of the greatest services I provide to the public is my debt-free college newsletter, which you can have delivered straight to your email inbox every Monday morning. Open this newsletter every Monday, and you'll keep debt-free college at the top of your mind as...

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In College? Do This and Slash Your Student Loan Debt

In College? Do This and Slash Your Student Loan Debt

If you're currently in college—or if you're a parent who's taken out dreaded Parent PLUS loans—you'd love for a hero in a red cape to swoop down and tell you how to slash your student loan debt. The hero is here. 1. Slash your student loan debt by applying for...

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12 Ways to Get Grad School Paid For

12 Ways to Get Grad School Paid For

So, your kid just got into graduate school or medical school. That's great! Now you're wondering, "What can students do to get their grad school paid for?" Here are the 12 ways to get grad school paid for that I give to my clients at GetIntoMedSchool.com. Share this...

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Could Graduating High School With an AA Degree Hurt a Kid?

Could Graduating High School With an AA Degree Hurt a Kid?

Today I'm writing on topic I never, ever thought I would. Could graduating high school with an AA degree in any way do a student more harm than good? My eyes are bugging out just writing that. Could graduating high school with an AA degree HURT your kid? For many moms...

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Top 9 Books I Most Love For Parents and Students

Top 9 Books I Most Love For Parents and Students

Books make great gifts. Why? Because a carefully chosen book can literally change a life. In this short article I share the top 9 books I most love for parents, 20-somethings, and students ages 12 and up. (Are you worried that your teen won't read a non-fiction book?...

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My Best Debt-Free College Interview Yet

My Best Debt-Free College Interview Yet

To listen to my best debt-free college interview yet, click here. Listen while you're driving or getting ready in the morning, and you just might change the life of a student you love. In March of 2018 I was interviewed by Andy Earle, a Loyola Marymount University...

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My Top 10 Debt-Free College Articles of 2017

My Top 10 Debt-Free College Articles of 2017

2017 was a year of explosive growth for my blog and weekly email newsletter readership. Parents, students, and financial planners began following me in numbers greater than I ever expected. Out of the more than 50 debt-free college articles I wrote that year, here are...

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7 Reasons to Fill Out FAFSA — Even If You’re Rich

7 Reasons to Fill Out FAFSA — Even If You’re Rich

You’d love for your son to get loads of free money financial aid to help him pay for college, but you’re pretty sure he won’t qualify for much. Your family lives comfortably, after all. You aren’t poor. You wonder if filling out financial aid forms is even worth your...

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Why You Should Never Cosign a Student Loan

Why You Should Never Cosign a Student Loan

Parent, I urge you: DO NOT cosign a student loan for your child. Today I'm featuring information from an article by nationally syndicated radio host and author Clark Howard. I consider this to be must-read info for every parent. After you read below, you can find...

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Which Colleges Are Still Taking Applications?

Which Colleges Are Still Taking Applications?

Ben and his parents sat up late at their dining room table, combing through all of Ben's college financial aid numbers one more time. Ben's dad ran his fingers nervously through his hair. The problem? It was already summer, and every college that had accepted Ben for...

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Two Extra Years in College Could Cost Your Kid $300,000

Two Extra Years in College Could Cost Your Kid $300,000

When you imagine your daughter's future, you probably don't envision her spending extra years in college. Yet, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 40% of college students earn their bachelor's degrees in four years. And only 60% of college...

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Can’t Save For College? It’s OK, Mommy. Try This

Can’t Save For College? It’s OK, Mommy. Try This

I'm excited to be guest posting on the blog of Mommy blogger Julie Hoag this week. Julie blogs about motherhood, family, and faith with a focus on moms raising kids ages birth–13. When Julie asked me what her moms need to know about setting kids up to graduate college...

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Ordinary Students—Extraordinary Financial Aid

Ordinary Students—Extraordinary Financial Aid

You'd love for your son to get loads of free money financial aid to help him pay for college, but you're pretty sure he won't qualify for much. Your family lives comfortably, after all. You aren't poor. You wonder if filling out financial aid forms is even worth your...

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Social Security Checks Garnished To Pay for College

Social Security Checks Garnished To Pay for College

Could you one day have your social security checks garnished to pay for your kids' college? Yes. You may be in danger of having your social security checks garnished and not even realize it. Parents duped into taking out Parent PLUS loans to pay for their kids'...

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Hilarious Idea Makes Kids Eager To Apply For Scholarships

Hilarious Idea Makes Kids Eager To Apply For Scholarships

If you've got a child between the ages of 12 and 26, you know how difficult it can be to motivate him or her to want to apply for college scholarships. Try this entertaining strategy, one that other parents are using with great success. 1. Give your son a meager...

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Buy LAUNCH Before 1/11/17 — Get Bonuses Worth $248

Buy LAUNCH Before 1/11/17 — Get Bonuses Worth $248

Today I'm announcing the extra bonuses your family will receive if you purchase LAUNCH by January 11, 2017. Bonus #1 You and your immediate family will be invited to attend an online MasterClass with live Q&A with me, the author -- at no charge to you. This online...

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Want More Scholarships? GPA Matters Less Than You Think.

Want More Scholarships? GPA Matters Less Than You Think.

You'd love for your college-bound teen to get more scholarships, but you worry that his GPA just isn't high enough. Am I right? Well, worry no more. Good news. There are thousands of college scholarships available to students with GPAs as low as 2.50. I'll give you...

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3 Ways KIDS Can Get More Financial Aid For College

3 Ways KIDS Can Get More Financial Aid For College

Is your child a senior in high school, or older? This post is part 2 of a 2-part series on what to do each September to make sure the FAFSA form you fill out in early October will get your child maximum financial aid for college. To read part 1 of this very important...

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Looking for Scholarships? Here are 1.5 Million of Them.

Looking for Scholarships? Here are 1.5 Million of Them.

Parents and students ask me all the time, "Where can we find scholarships to apply for?" Here are some places to look for scholarships—starting right now. Remember, scholarships are available to students in 8th–12th grades, plus all the way through college, and all...

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What’s College Life Like on an Army ROTC Scholarship?

What’s College Life Like on an Army ROTC Scholarship?

Military service isn't for everyone. But before you disregard the help that the U.S. military provides to college students, let's look at a few details about it. The U.S. military awards generous four-year college scholarships to students who: Are U.S. citizens...

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Top 5 Lies We Tell Kids About College

Top 5 Lies We Tell Kids About College

This post is a scary one. But read all the way down to the red print at the bottom and I'll give you a boatload of hope about college. 1. "If you don't get into a good college, you won't be able to get a good job when you graduate." This statement is completely and...

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6th Graders Need to Know THIS About Choosing Career

6th Graders Need to Know THIS About Choosing Career

"Jeannie, are you serious?  We need to talk to 6th graders about career?" Yes.  And if not in 6th grade, then as soon as possible after that.  Why?  Because when your child is in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, his or her brain is growing faster than at any time since...

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What Does ROMANCE Have To Do With Financial Aid?

What Does ROMANCE Have To Do With Financial Aid?

In just a matter of days or hours, Valentine's Day will be over for another year. Tissue paper from wrapped gifts will litter the bedroom floor, chocolates will have been devoured, and pink and red greeting cards will have been set up in display mode on the kitchen...

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Hi, I’m Jeannie Burlowski.

I am a full-time academic strategist, conference speaker, and author of the book “LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward.

My writing and speaking provide parents a clear, step-by-step checklist so they can set their kids up to succeed brilliantly in college, graduate debt-free, and move directly into careers they excel at and love.

For more than 20 years, I’ve helped students apply to highly competitive law, medical, business, and grad schools. I still do that from my website GetIntoMedSchool.com.

I am married, and my husband and I have a son and a daughter. We live in Minneapolis.

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