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4 Easy Steps to Get Out of Debt

4 Easy Steps to Get Out of Debt

If you as a parent can get out of debt by the day your kid starts college, you'll have more cash on hand to help pay college bills. Boom. Less debt for your kid at college graduation! If you can get out of debt years before your kid starts college, the process will be...

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Melanie Lockert’s Jolting Student Loan Debt Wake-Up Call

Melanie Lockert’s Jolting Student Loan Debt Wake-Up Call

Melanie Lockert of Los Angeles, California tells about the jolting student loan debt wake-up call she had right after completing grad school. Lockert's jolting student loan debt wake-up call Lockert had wisely worked multiple part-time jobs throughout school, and for...

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My Student Carved This Hilarious Pumpkin

I got this email from a mom of an 11-year-old today. Her son carved this hilarious pumpkin, and she wanted me to see it. "Hi Jeannie, My son was at your study skills class a few weeks back and will be at your scholarship writing seminar on Saturday, November 2nd,...

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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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Becoming a Veterinarian—is it a Sound Financial Decision?

Becoming a Veterinarian—is it a Sound Financial Decision?

Most of my articles are for parents of students age 12—26. This article is for parents, yes, but it's also for any student thinking of becoming a veterinarian. One of my clients at GetIntoMedSchool.com wrote me this week, asking my advice for a friend who's thinking...

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Grisham NAILS IT in this Novel About Law School Debt

Grisham NAILS IT in this Novel About Law School Debt

In March of 2018, I spent 12 days on vacation with my family. On the plane and on the beach, I read a fantastic John Grisham novel that contained a surprise for me that made my hair stand on end. What was it? The principal characters were all coping with horrific law...

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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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Oh, No — I’m MARRIED to Student Loan Debt

Oh, No — I’m MARRIED to Student Loan Debt

If your spouse has student loan debt, what does that mean for you and for your financial future? What can you do now that will keep you safe throughout the decades ahead, even if something bad happens? Immediately address the biggest thing you must worry about when...

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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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Can College Debt Hurt Academic Performance?

Can College Debt Hurt Academic Performance?

There's no question about it—the ability to focus and concentrate for extended periods is absolutely critical to college academic performance. The problem is—college debt can actually hurt focus and concentration. In this article by college student Ashley Bulchandani...

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How College Loans Got So Evil (5-Minute Video)

How College Loans Got So Evil (5-Minute Video)

Today I'm featuring a 5-minute video clip from the popular TV show Adam Ruins Everything. This 5-minute clip is titled, "How College Loans Got So Evil." It's funny! But then again, it's not funny at all -- because it's true. Please share this post with every parent,...

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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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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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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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How to Kiss Student Loan Debt Goodbye

How to Kiss Student Loan Debt Goodbye

This article is part 2 of a 3-part series on what students can do if they already have student loan debt. To read the very important article that was part 1 of this series, click here. To read part 3 of this series (the one about student loan forgiveness), click here....

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Got Student Loan Debt? 7 Things To Do RIGHT NOW.

Got Student Loan Debt? 7 Things To Do RIGHT NOW.

This article is part 1 of a 3-part series on what students can do if they already have student loan debt. To see parts 2 and 3 of this series, click here and here.  You recently left college for the working world, and the freedom feels great. But wait. Have you left...

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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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Your Kid Actually CAN Get Through College Debt Free

Your Kid Actually CAN Get Through College Debt Free

I'm always most able to inspire people when I talk to them face-to-face. The video above gives me the chance to do that, for you, right now. Click the play button above now; watch for just two minutes. And let this excited, hopeful feeling wash over you:  Kids at all...

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A Big Announcement and a Favor

A Big Announcement and a Favor

Today I have a big announcement to make!  And a quick favor to ask. First, an exciting update  For the last year, I've been on a beeline to having my book LAUNCH:  How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward out in December of...

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“HELP! My Parents Are Refusing to Help Me!”

“HELP! My Parents Are Refusing to Help Me!”

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post for parents who erroneously believe that if they'll just refuse to put their financial info on their child's FAFSA form, their child will get additional financial aid for college. Student, if your parents are refusing to help...

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Why “Follow Your Passion!” is Terrible Career Advice

Why “Follow Your Passion!” is Terrible Career Advice

"We need to see you right away," the anxious mom told me on the phone, her voice shaking. "Our son is $40,000 in debt from a history degree he's not going to complete, and now he's changing his major to music performance. At this rate it's going to take him seven...

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Parents of 10th Graders, There’s Urgent News for You.

Parents of 10th Graders, There’s Urgent News for You.

I know that your child has barely started high school, and I know that his dorm move-in day is three whole years away. I know it might seem like the last thing you need to be thinking about right now is college, but this is not true. Because of changes to the college...

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The TEDx Talk Every Parent Needs to Hear

Today I'm featuring a 16 minute TEDx talk on student loan debt by Adam Carroll. This is a must-listen for every parent.   Listen while you're getting ready for work in the morning, commuting, or cooking dinner.  It'll change everything you've ever believed about...

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Easily Get Into Harvard—And Pay 70% Less For It?!?

Easily Get Into Harvard—And Pay 70% Less For It?!?

Would you like your child to have a Harvard education, but without the nerve-wracking admissions pressure or astronomical tuition cost? If this sounds good to you, you might seriously consider the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) degree at the Harvard Extension School...

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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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