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.

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1. Try to become an employee of the school you got into.

Call 10 different numbers at the school you got into, and try to become an employee of that institution. Keep trying. Maybe you become a teaching assistant for an undergraduate course, or maybe you serve food, or maybe you work in the university’s daycare center, as my friend Susie did years ago at the University of Minnesota. One of your employee benefits may very likely be reduced tuition. Ask the school you got into if this is ever done. If you want to get your grad school paid for, this should be one of the first strategies you try.

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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.

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Could graduating high school with an AA degree HURT your kid?

For many moms and dads, one of their proudest parenting moments occurs when their 17-year-old walks across the stage at high school graduation with two years of college already completed. An entire two-year AA college degree already sewn up—entirely at state expense. An amazing, stunning achievement! All while dodging the pitfalls of AP classes—and still enjoying a rich, full high school experience.

Parents who get to experience this proud moment get tingly with excitement thinking of their child confidently diving into third year college courses at age 18, finishing college with a bachelor’s degree at age 20, slashing college bills by half, and having extra years of life before age 22 to tour Europe, volunteer, or start piling up real world work experience that rockets their careers far ahead of their peers. (Making them stellar candidates for grad school or medical school, I might add—if that ever becomes a goal.)

Other parents aren’t so sure.

“Might graduating high school with an AA degree keep my child out of the Ivy League?”

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Big News! Debt-Free College Help You LISTEN To!

For Parents of Kids Ages 12–26

Now there’s a faster, easier way to get debt-free college help!

Today I’m launching a podcast—where I’ll be helping parents of kids ages 12–26 set their kids up to graduate college completely debt-free, ready to jump directly into careers they excel at and love—even if they don’t get a single scholarship.

You can subscribe in the usual ways—or, for even greater impact, click here to watch me in my studio, recording the podcast most people only hear on audio.

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

To learn why episode 1 of this podcast is so important for parents to listen to as early in the college journey as possible, read on.debt-free college podcast

As a parent, your greatest need isn’t for more information; your greatest need is for hope.

You need to be inspired that it’s absolutely possible for you to get your kids through college debt-free and into jobs they love afterward—without compromising one bit on your kids’ future dreams and potential.

And without taking up weeks of time you just don’t have.

You need to know that you’re following someone who’s capable of leading you.

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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? See my helpful article on How to Get a Teen to Read a Non-Fiction Book.)

Books make great gifts. Why? Because a carefully chosen book can actually change a life. In this short article I share the top 9 books I most love for parents, 20somethings, and students ages 12 and up.

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Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!

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This session is for parents, and for students ages 12–26.

Why would you want to prep for college or technical school the same old way everyone else does? That’s the surest route to mediocrity! In this jam-packed evening info session, author Jeannie Burlowski will explain:

* 7 things parents can do right now to put their kids on the fast track to getting through college debt-free

* How kids as young as age 15 can get an exciting, liberating sense of career goal early on, and then sign up for only the amount of college absolutely necessary to accomplish that

* How kids as young as age 12 can get a massive head start on racking up the 10,000 hours it takes to be viewed as an expert in a career field

* Why deeply inspired caring—not the fancy name of the college you attend—is the key to fulfilled, satisfied career life in the long term.

This 2-hour session will be presented live by Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love AfterwardA live Q & A will be offered at the end.

To register, click here.

To see what other parents and students are saying about this session, view a short sample video, and hear Jeannie Burlowski interviewed on a national podcast, visit:

JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING.

Tell your Facebook friends about this event! Post this link: 

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeATTLEBORO.

Be sure to ALSO attend Jeannie’s second class on Saturday morning, November 3rd, in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The Saturday morning session will be completely different from the session described above. It is highly recommended that parents and students ages 12–26 attend both. Learn more about the Saturday session at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author, academic strategist, and speaker. Her writing and speaking 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.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski. She lives in Minneapolis.

This Thursday evening session is brought to you courtesy of Good Company Tutorials. Good Company Tutorials supports homeschooling in grades 5–12 with weekly classes.

FAQs

Will Jeannie’s sessions be offered in our area at any other time?

Yes. This session, How to Get Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS, will also be held at the Quidnessett Baptist Church Youth Center in North Kingstown, RI on Friday, November 2nd, 2018, at 2:00 pm. The ticket prices are the same, and the two event venues are only 35 minutes apart. The link to register for the session in North Kingstown, Rhode Island is here:

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeNORTHKINGSTOWN

Because Jeannie lives in Minneapolis, these will be the only two opportunities to hear this session in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in 2018.

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome to attend, but Jeannie’s sessions are most highly recommended for students ages 12–26 and their parents. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 and both their parents attend together.

My kids are still in middle school. Isn’t it too early for us to be thinking about college?

No way. At this session, you’ll learn why parents who start thinking about debt-free college when kids are in middle school have a huge advantage over parents who wait. (This especially applies to parents who aren’t planning to save any money for college.)

We have 10 children. Do we all need tickets?

Each attendee needs a ticket. The first ticket purchased by your family is $29.00. Each additional attendee from your same immediate family pays only $10.00. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 attend this session with both parents.

Foster children count as being from your same immediate family.

To register, click here.

We’d like to bring a friend of the family along. Can he or she get in for just $10.00 as one of our family members?

Since this friend is not a member of your immediate family, he or she would attend at the $29.00 ticket level.

How do we register for Jeannie Burlowski’s second, completely different Saturday event in West Greenwich, Rhode Island?

Everything you need to register for the completely different Saturday event can be found at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

We don’t homeschool. Are we still welcome to attend these sessions?

All are welcome. Jeannie Burlowski’s sessions are for all parents and students—public, private, and homeschooled.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds are allowed up until 24 hours before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It’s helpful if you can print it and bring it, but if you forget it, you can get in by showing picture ID.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. If you can’t use it, you may sell or give it to a friend.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. Completely OK.

Where else can I find Jeannie Burlowski appearing live November 1–3, 2018?

Find Jeannie at her Saturday BOOK SIGNING with Cookie Reception to Follow (FREE EVENT)

Louttit Library, 274 Victoria Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Book signing 2:00–3:00 pm | Cookie Reception 3:00–4:00 pm

Personally signed books make great holiday gifts.

How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

You may email your event questions to Jeannie@JeannieBurlowski.com.

Date: November 1, 2018
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM EDT
Event: Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!
Venue: New Covenant Christian Fellowship
Location: 609 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Want me to teach this class somewhere near you? When I travel to speak, I pay my own airfare. Who do you know who plans conferences and events? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn how to bring me to your state.

Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!

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This session is for parents, and for students ages 12–26.

Why would you want to prep for college or technical school the same old way everyone else does? That’s the surest route to mediocrity! In this jam-packed afternoon info session, author Jeannie Burlowski will explain:

* 7 things parents can do right now to put their kids on the fast track to getting through college debt-free

* How kids as young as age 15 can get an exciting, liberating sense of career goal early on, and then sign up for only the amount of college absolutely necessary to accomplish that

* How kids as young as age 12 can get a massive head start on racking up the 10,000 hours it takes to be viewed as an expert in a career field

* Why deeply inspired caring—not the fancy name of the college you attend—is the key to fulfilled, satisfied career life in the long term.

This 2-hour session will be presented live by Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love AfterwardA live Q & A will be offered at the end.

To register, click here.

To see what other parents and students are saying about this session, view a short sample video, and hear Jeannie Burlowski interviewed on a national podcast, visit:

JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING.

Tell your Facebook friends about this event! Post this link: 

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeNORTHKINGSTOWN

Be sure to ALSO attend Jeannie’s second class on Saturday morning, November 3rd, in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.

The Saturday morning session will be completely different from the session described above. It is highly recommended that parents and students ages 12–26 attend both. Learn more about the Saturday session at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

Who is Jeannie Burlowski?

Jeannie is a full time author, academic strategist, and speaker. Her writing and speaking 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.

Jeannie also helps students apply to law, medical, business, and grad school at her website GetIntoMedSchool.com. You can follow her on Twitter @JBurlowski. She lives in Minneapolis.

This Friday afternoon session is brought to you courtesy of the Rhode Island Christian Homeschool Co-op (RICH). RICH is a group of homeschoolers who meet weekly to provide enrichment classes for children from 1st grade through high school. RICH members come from all parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

FAQs

Are there any special parking instructions for this event?

Yes. A limited number of parking spots are available next to the Quidnessett Baptist Church Youth Center. Overflow parking is available in the large lot next to the school building.

Will Jeannie’s sessions be offered in our area at any other time?

Yes. Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS will also be presented in Attleboro, MA at 7:00 pm on November 1st, 2018. You and your friends can register for that session at this link:

bit.ly/debtfreecollegeATTLEBORO.

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All ages are welcome to attend, but Jeannie’s sessions are most highly recommended for students ages 12–26 and their parents. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 and both their parents attend together.

My kids are still in middle school. Isn’t it too early for us to be thinking about college?

No way. At this session, you’ll learn why parents who start thinking about debt-free college when kids are in middle school have a huge advantage over parents who wait. (This especially applies to parents who aren’t planning to save any money for college.)

We have 10 children. Do we all need tickets?

Each attendee needs a ticket. The first ticket purchased by your family is $29.00. Each additional attendee from your same immediate family pays only $10.00. It is highly recommended (but not required) that students ages 12–26 attend this session with both parents.

Foster children count as being from your same immediate family.

To register, click here.

We’d like to bring a friend of the family along. Can he or she get in for just $10.00 as one of our family members?

Since this friend is not a member of your immediate family, he or she would attend at the $29.00 ticket level.

How do we register for Jeannie Burlowski’s second, completely different Saturday event in West Greenwich, Rhode Island?

Everything you need to register for the completely different Saturday event can be found at this link:

bit.ly/scholarshipessaysWESTGREENWICH

We don’t homeschool. Are we still welcome to attend these sessions?

All are welcome. Jeannie Burlowski’s sessions are for all parents and students—public, private, and homeschooled.

What’s the refund policy?

Refunds are allowed up until 24 hours before the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It’s helpful if you can print it and bring it, but if you forget it, you can get in by showing picture ID.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. If you can’t use it, you may sell or give it to a friend.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. Completely OK.

Where else can I find Jeannie Burlowski appearing live November 1–3, 2018?

Find Jeannie at her Saturday BOOK SIGNING with Cookie Reception to Follow (FREE EVENT)

Louttit Library, 274 Victoria Highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Book signing 2:00–3:00 pm | Cookie Reception 3:00–4:00 pm

Personally signed books make great holiday gifts.

How can I contact the organizer with my questions?

You may email your event questions to Jeannie@JeannieBurlowski.com.

Date: November 2, 2018
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm EDT
Event: Get Your Kid Through College Debt-Free—WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!
Venue: The Youth Center at Quidnessett Baptist Church
Location: 6356 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

Want me to teach this class somewhere near you? When I travel to speak, I pay my own airfare. Who do you know who plans conferences and events? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn how to bring me to your state.

Barnes and noble book signing

Barnes and Noble Book Signing

Free and open to the public

Bring in the book you already own, or buy one on the spot. Remember, personally signed LAUNCH books make outstanding gifts.

 

Date: September 19, 2018
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Event: FREE EVENT: Barnes and Noble Book Signing
Venue: Barnes & Noble Booksellers
760-346-0725
Location: Westfield Mall, 72840 Highway 111 Suite 425
Palm Desert, CA 92260
United States
Public: Public

Looking for a speaker for your live event? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING

Manage All Your Kids’ College Planning—Mostly By Yourself

If you’re concerned that you’re currently LATE to college planning, read this article now.

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College planning can feel like being lost in a jungle. And sadly, your kid’s high school guidance counselor (nowadays more properly called a “school counselor,”) can’t help much with hacking through the underbrush. Oh, he or she would love to, but budget cuts have slashed the amount of time counselors get to spend with college bound students, in some cases down to just eight minutes per year.

And your child, smart as he is, isn’t in any position to handle the complexity of college planning either. The stakes are high, both financially and career wise, and his brain won’t be fully developed until age 24.

And the internet? You sure don’t want to depend on the internet for college planning advice.

Don’t rely on the internet for college planning advice.

It’ll take you years to sift through everything the internet has to say about college planning. The bits and pieces of info and conflicting messages you hear from online resources will drive you insane. Plus, a huge percentage of what’s currently on the internet regarding college planning is sorely out of date, since President Barack Obama drastically changed US college financing on September 13th, 2015, and most of the world has not yet caught up.

You need a resource that will give you fast, accurate, specific instructions that the internet can’t provide. (I’ll provide a resource for you, below.)

7 things to do when you feel lost in the jungle of college planning

1. Don’t put off college planning because you feel overwhelmed.

I understand that you feel overwhelmed by the college planning process. Every parent does. But if you wait until your kid’s sophomore or junior year of high school to get started on college planning, 75% of the strategies you could have used to get your kid through college debt-free will be gone. Starting early is the best strategy, even if you can’t save a penny.

(If you’re worried that you’re currently late to college planning, read this article now.)

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The Key College Planning Strategy That Most Surprises Parents

Recently, a school district that’s bringing me in to speak interviewed me so that students and parents could get to know me better. This article includes the best portions of that interview.

To zoom straight to the key college planning strategy that most surprises parents, scroll to #4, below.

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1. Jeannie, what originally inspired you to want to help parents get their kids through college debt-free?

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How to Get Kids Through College Debt-Free — WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!

For students ages 12–26 and their parents

Free and open to the public

Why would you want to prep for college or technical school the same old way everyone else does? That’s the surest route to mediocrity! In this jam-packed evening info session, author Jeannie Burlowski will explain:

  • 7 things parents can do right now to put their kids on the fast track to getting through college debt-free
  • How kids as young as age 15 can get an exciting, liberating sense of possible career goal early on, and then sign up for only the amount of college absolutely necessary to accomplish that
  • How kids as young as age 12 can get a massive head start on racking up the 10,000 hours it takes to be viewed as expert in a career field
  • Why deeply inspired caring—not the fancy name of the college you attend—is the key to fulfilled, satisfied career life in the long term

This FREE event is provided by District 833 Community Education. No registration necessary.

Date: September 26, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Event: FREE EVENT: How to Get Kids Through College Debt-Free — WITHOUT SCHOLARSHIPS!
Venue: Park High School
Location: 8040 80th St S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Public: Public

Want me to teach this class somewhere near you? When I travel to speak, I pay my own airfare. Who do you know who plans conferences and events? Visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING to learn how to bring me to your state.