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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? Have your kids (ages 8–26) complete this short quiz sponsored by Jump$tart. (They're rockstars in building...

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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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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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College Financing: Should Kids Just Do It Themselves?

Some parents try to save a little time, energy, and money by putting their kids in charge of planning their own college financing.  “She's nearly an adult—let her figure it out herself and live with the consequences,” some parents think. But—is it actually a good idea...

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What Happens to Student Loan Debt After You Die?

What Happens to Student Loan Debt After You Die?

No parent wants to consider this — but what happens if one of your children runs up $80,000 in student loan debt, and then perishes in a car accident or dies of cancer? Will your grief be compounded by having to make years (decades!) of student loan payments, until...

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4 Amazingly Easy Steps To Get Out Of Debt

4 Amazingly Easy Steps To Get Out Of Debt

If you as a parent are out of debt by the day your kid starts college, you'll have more cash on hand to help with college bills. If you start the process of getting out of debt years before your kid starts college, you'll have more cash on hand to save for college....

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URGENT Info For Parents of 9th Graders

URGENT Info For Parents of 9th Graders

This article was originally published here on November 28th, 2016. It was updated on August 20th, 2019. Today I have urgent college financial aid info for parents of 9th graders. Yes, I'm serious, 9th graders. There's something that you need to know right now—so you...

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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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Can’t My College Kid Just Declare Independence From Me?

Can’t My College Kid Just Declare Independence From Me?

This article originally appeared here on November 2nd, 2015. It was updated on September 26th, 2019. The dad was smiling at me, like he had a special secret that no one else knew. He folded his arms, rocked back on his heels, and got ready to tell me just why he was...

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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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