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.

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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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What does it look like to follow Jesus in the modern workplace?

Whether you’re a public school teacher, a student, a surgeon, a retiree, or “a cog in a corporate machine,” you may have wondered at times, “Is there any way for my faith to empower and transform my regular, day-to-day Monday-Friday life?”

“Could the power of God at work inside of me… actually make me better at the day-to-day secular work I do?”

REFRAME is a 10-week video and discussion course that equips men and women of all ages to tap into faith to empower the work they do every day.

WHAT IS THE COST FOR REFRAME?

The 10-week REFRAME course fee is $30 for all 10 sessions. You buy just one $30 ticket, and you get access to a full 10-session course! Come to as many or as few sessions as you like.

Want to try out just one REFRAME session and see how you like it? Register here, attend one time, and if you don’t want to attend the rest of the sessions, we’ll cheerfully refund your course fee.

WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE HELD?

REFRAME will be held at the beautiful Charleston Event Center, a colonial-style wedding and event mansion on the southwest corner of Interstate 35E and Highway 96 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

WHAT ARE THE CLASS DATES?

Tuesdays

January 9th – March 20th, 2018 (no class on March 6th)

HOW IS EACH REFRAME CLASS STRUCTURED?

6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Optional social time

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Video teaching that includes the wisdom of more than two dozen prominent evangelical leaders plus real life stories of Christians like you who are trying to seek a more faithful and integrated life

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Facilitated discussion

***Part of the purpose of REFRAME is to help you to build friendship and community with people you may never get to meet if you just stay within the walls of your own home or church. So please — try to come for the social time on every night you possibly can.

WHO IS WELCOME?

Everyone is welcome, from all faith backgrounds and from no faith backgrounds.

You can tell if your child is old enough to attend by showing him or her the video trailer, above. If the response you hear is, “I want to go to that!” then your child is old enough to attend.

Childcare is not provided for this event.

CAN I BRING MY ENTIRE CHURCH SMALL GROUP TO REFRAME?

Yes. Individuals and groups are all welcome to attend. We have a large seating capacity, so invite as many people as you’d like to. Just ask each attendee to register separately.

If you’d like your small group to be seated together, please have one representative of your group arrive no later than 6:00 pm on the first night.

Feel free to share the link to the Eventbrite registration page in email and on social media.

Here’s a shortened link if you need one: bit.ly/2AHK2Tm

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS EVENT?

Jeannie Burlowski, author of the book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward

Tim Larson, financial advisor for Thrivent Financial

Aaron Freer, Genesis East

The Charleston Event Center

Regent College

The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture

Date: January 9, 2018—March 20, 2018
Event: REFRAME: How Tapping Into Faith Empowers Secular Work (See 4-Min Video)
Venue: The Charleston Event Center
Location: 4525 White Bear Parkway
White Bear Lake, MN 55025
USA
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

To contact Jeannie Burlowski about speaking at your event, visit JeannieBurlowski.com/SPEAKING

5 Good Reasons to Take a Gap Year (And 2 Bad Ones)

Your child doesn’t seem quite ready for college yet. Would it be a good idea for him or her to take a gap year? Malia Obama did it, after all. Here are 5 good and 2 bad reasons for students to take a gap year between high school and college.

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5 Good Reasons to Take a Gap Year

1. <Good Reason> Your son’s fallen into a pattern of being unwilling to work hard in high school.

Has he gotten mediocre grades? Is he dragging his feet on filling out college applications and applying for scholarships? Taking a gap year where he lives in a tiny studio apartment and works for peanuts can actually teach valuable life lessons that no college program can.

2. <Good Reason> It could do your son great good to learn what life without education or job training is actually like.

Here’s a good line for parents to practice saying: “Well, you’re welcome to live here at home with us, as long as you’re enrolled in (and succeeding in) a full-time academic or job training program. If you’re going to stay out of college and work during this gap year, let’s go find you a small apartment you can rent!”

The struggle to pay for rent, food, transportation, and a cell phone may help your son feel eager to apply to (and work hard in) college or technical school at the next possible opportunity.

For more help on this subject, see this article I wrote on the 7 things every parent should carefully think through anytime kids over 18 ask to–or expect to–live with you.

3. <Good Reason> Colleges will still accept a student who takes a gap year. No problem.

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TONIGHT! This Free Event Could Save You TONS on College Costs

Ideal for Families With MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

Your kid’s in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade?  It’s time to set him or her free to feel jazzed and excited about college. Plus — as a parent– learn 8 things you can do right now to keep that kid’s future college costs low.

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I’ll be covering all this in this free live event in Minneapolis tonight, January 10th, 2017.

Give your middle schooler (or high schooler!) a huge jumpstart on college.  Bring the kids and join me tonight for a free live event sponsored by Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.

I’ll be covering these important topics:

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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.

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Service: It’s How We Fill the World With Good

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Students are telling me they’re scared.

They hear their parents’ tense, late night discussions downstairs in front of the TV, and they see the angry vitriol that’s been roiling in their social media feeds.

They’re worried about the world they’re inheriting.

When they tell me this in person, I hug them and tell them that they have more power to change the world than they ever think. “Start right where you are,” I tell them.

“Do what you can to fill the world with so much good that bad goes out of style.”

I tell these students, “It begins with speaking with kindness in your own home, online, and in your own school. It builds into empathy and caring for those who are different from you. And it bears fruit and multiplies when you find a cause you care about, and work consistently in service to that cause to make the world a better place.”

To see how thousands of students in the U.S. are doing exactly this, view the exciting, inspiring 2-minute video about WE DAY that you’ll find here: 

https://www.we.org/we-day/what-is-we-day/

Whether you’re a student or a parent, this video is guaranteed to make you feel hope.

(To learn more about WE programs for schools, click here.)

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

This article was originally posted here on August 15th, 2015. It was updated and reposted on March 22nd, 2018.

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.

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Top 10 Ways to Help Your Kid Get More College Scholarships (Starting in MIDDLE SCHOOL)

The dad waited in a long line to get to shake my hand. He was beaming.

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“We squeezed into a packed high school auditorium to hear you speak about scholarships last year,” he told me. “You inspired my son to go home and apply for 20 scholarships he thought he’d never get. He won eight of them, and now has over $20,000 extra to help pay his college bills. I just wanted to say thanks.”

I beamed back at him. Nothing excites and energizes me like seeing students achieve things they thought they never could. And when they rake in the scholarship money? That’s the best feeling ever.

Winning college scholarships is only one very small piece of the puzzle when it comes to getting kids through college debt free. In all honesty, other strategies that I provide to parents can net even greater return for families.

If you want to maximize scholarships, though — here are just a fraction of the scholarship strategies I recommend for students and parents.

1. Don’t assume your kid won’t qualify for scholarships because of grades or test scores. 

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6th Graders Need to Know THIS About Choosing Career

Your Kids Are Older? Tell Them Now.

“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 infancy.

Whatever you tell your daughter now — whatever she experiences — will imprint on her powerfully, very likely staying with her into high school, college, and adulthood.  This is why I am so emphatic about teaching middle schoolers college study strategies like how to use a calendar and how to use the time-saving “quiz and recall method” for college level studying.  (You can see the emphatic post I wrote on this subject here.)

minnehaharealblogWhat should we be telling middle schoolers about career? 

Six things:

1.  “Wow; you’ve got some outstanding natural abilities that are going to help you have a great career when you’re an adult!”

2.  “When you work hard at activities that develop these abilities, your brain grows by leaps and bounds.”

3.  “In the old days college kids used to take random college classes to see what careers they might interested in.  Ha ha ha — people don’t do that anymore.  That career strategy never really worked anyway — and these days college is way too expensive to do that.”

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In MN? You Can Help Refugees From All Over The World This Week

I (and others like me) have been actively looking for a way to help refugees.

Over and over I keep thinking:  “What if it had been me who’d lost everything and had to flee my homeland with a baby in my arms?  Who would help me?”

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If you live in Minnesota, here’s info on what you can do to help.  Right away. Now.

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