barnes and nobleBarnes 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 22, 2018
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Event: FREE EVENT: Barnes and Noble Book Signing
Venue: Barnes & Noble Bookstore
651-639-9256
Location: 2100 North Snelling Ave
Roseville, MN 55113
Public: Public

Want me to do a book signing somewhere near you? Find my public appearance contact information at JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING.

I’ll be a featured speaker in Nashville at the Institute for Cultural Communicators iCON 2018 Conference, which runs June 25th–June 30th, 2018. iCON is one of the most popular conferences in the world for homeschooling families, but non-homeschooling families attend as well.

My particular session at this conference is open to the public.

The entire iCON conference is extremely valuable, but if you’re pressed for time, any student or parent can purchase a $97 one-day pass to this conference and benefit from a full day of programming that includes me presenting an extensive, in-depth session entitled How to Get Kids Through College Debt-Free—Without Scholarships! (Read on for a full description of this session.)

Seeing me at a conference is extra valuable.

One of the best things about seeing me at a conference (as opposed to seeing me at a one-evening class) is that you’ll be able to find me in hallways, at meals, and in the exhibit hall—and ask me individual questions you’d never get a chance to ask me otherwise. I love doing this, so please come and find me!

CLASS DESCRIPTION: How To Get Kids Through College Debt-Free—Without Scholarships!

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 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

For students ages 12–26 and their parents.

Register for iCON 2018 in Nashville now. Here’s how.

iCON is an extremely popular international conference for both homeschooling and non-homeschooling families. Space is strictly limited, so tell your friends—register early!

Find info and registration for the entire five-day iCON 2018 conference here. (My session is included in your full conference registration—no additional charge.)

Find info and registration for the special $97 one-day pass that includes my session here.

Date: June 25, 2018—June 30, 2018
Event: iCON 2018 (Nashville, TN): How To Get Kids Through College Debt-Free—Without Scholarships!
Venue: Lipscomb University
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
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.

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

For students ages 12–26 and their parents.

Date: May 24, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Event: FREE EVENT: How To Get Kids Through College Debt-Free—Without Scholarships
Venue: Mounds View High School Auditorium
Location: 1900 Lake Valentine Rd
Arden Hills, MN 55112
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.

My Best Debt-Free College Interview Yet

Listen On Your Drive to Work Today

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.

free college

In March of 2018 I was interviewed by Andy Earle, a Loyola Marymount University researcher who focuses on parent-teen communication and teen thriving and flourishing. I’ve been interviewed many times since my book LAUNCH came out in 2017, but this interview is by far the best. It’s the best produced, the most in-depth, the most inspiring, and the most informative.

To listen to the entire interview, click here.

You’ll feel a growing sense of hope for the teens and 20somethings you love.

I love what Andy Earle says about the debt-free college strategies I provide in LAUNCH.

After reading LAUNCH cover to cover, Andy says:

LAUNCH has become one of the most well-respected books on this subject (it’s the go-to reference book for financial planners and college consultants and coaches) because Jeannie isn’t just about doing college cheap, she’s about doing it debt-free and so effectively that it results in a great, satisfying career after college is over.”

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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

For parents and students ages 12 – 26.

Date: February 22, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Event: How To Get Kids Through College Debt-Free - Without Scholarships
Venue: Blaine High School Auditorium
Location: 12555 University Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55434
Public: Public

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 the top 10 that were most popular with my followers.

If you missed any of these, here’s your chance to catch up! Read to the bottom of this list to see the #1 most popular article I wrote all year.

#10. Hilarious Idea Makes Kids Eager to Apply for Scholarships

#9. Danger Ahead: Don’t Get This Kind of Student Loan

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

FAFSA Is Live as of October 1st

This article was originally posted here on October 2nd, 2017. It was updated and re-posted here on August 30th, 2018.

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 time.

Seven Reasons Filling Out the FAFSA Is Well Worth Your Time.

1. You can have a high income and still qualify for help.

You make over $200,000 per year and have significant assets? Your kid can still get free “gift aid” money to help pay for college. I’m talking about free money that need never be paid back.

Because this is true, plan to fill out the FAFSA form every October 1st that you’ll have a kid in college the following fall. Put this October date on your calendar now, so you can put your kid(s) first in line for all the financial aid money they have coming.

FAFSA

2. The FAFSA isn’t just about getting PELL grants. 

Filling out the FAFSA puts your child in line for nine separate federal student aid programs, over 600 state aid programs, and most of the college-based (institutional) aid available in the United States.

Every year, people who were sure they were too well-off to qualify for any kind of aid are stunned to see what kind of generous help they actually qualify for at some colleges.

3. The FAFSA considers many more factors than just your income.

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Is “Advanced Placement” the Best Way to Earn College Credit In High School?

Every year, millions of high school students are fed this line: “Hey, you should take Advanced Placement (AP) classes! They’re way harder, but if you do well on the test at the end, you’ll get free college credit!”

It sounds like a great deal. But is it actually true?

Advanced Placement

Actually, Advanced Placement (AP) classes are the least dependable way for students to earn college credit in high school.

Shockingly, fewer than half the students who take AP classes actually end up getting the low-cost college credit they were promised.

This Atlantic article goes so far as to tell parents bluntly, “AP classes are a scam” and “AP students are being suckered.”

The well-respected Atlantic said that? Wow.

To learn which early college option tends to be far better than APread on.

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Divorced? Perhaps Do This by Sept 30 and Save a Bundle on College

This article was originally published here on July 31st, 2017. It was updated and reposted here on May 22nd, 2018.

Are you divorced from your child’s other parent?

If so, there are specialized strategies you can use to reduce your kids’ future college costs.divorced

Here’s just one.

1. Figure out which of your child’s parents has the lower household income.

Is it you, or is it your ex-spouse? (Be sure to include the income of any new spouses when you calculate this income amount.)

2. Ask yourself, “Could my daughter possibly go to live with her lower-income parent, starting on September 30th of her 11th grade year?”

Think, would it be safe and healthy for your daughter to sleep 183 nights (or more) at her lower-income parent’s house between September 30th of her 11th grade year and September 30th of her 12th grade year?

Could she keep up this living arrangement until she goes away to college?

There are dramatic financial aid benefits for divorced parents who do this.

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