Approved Consultants

If you’re looking for medical school or grad school consulting help from me, Jeannie Burlowski, scroll to the red type below.

Are you looking for a Gallup certified strengths coach who also administers and interprets the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory (as I strongly recommend in Chapter 13 of my book?)

Or maybe you’re looking for a financial advising professional who uses my book in his or her practice.

This page will provide you a list of consultants and financial professionals I have personally screened and approved.

For certified help using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Strong Interest Inventory, and the CliftonStrengths Assessment (formerly called StrengthsFinder 2.0) to think through career options, contact one of these approved providers:

  • Cindy Mattson at Defining Point Consulting (I sent my own kids to Cindy Mattson, and I paid full price for her help. Highly, highly recommended. Worth 20 times what she charges.)
(I’m currently looking for other qualified assessment providers to add to this list. If you’re certified in these three assessments, read on for information on how to be added to this list.)

If you’ve read chapter 13 of my book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward, you know that I believe it’s critically important for students to clarify the bullseye on the career target early on—as soon as possible after January of 10th grade. The three assessments I prescribe above are key tools for achieving exactly that. Note that the “free” MBTI and SII assessments you find online or at the local high school are not recommended for our purposes. Be sure to use a certified consultant for this very important work.

For financial advising that includes the highest quality debt-free college planning for students, retirement planning for parents, and wealth management all at the same time, contact one of these approved providers:

Be extremely wary of any financial advisor who tries to get you to use insurance as a primary college savings vehicle. Certainly, a qualified financial professional will encourage you to get insurance if you genuinely need insurance—but insurance should never be viewed as a primary college planning strategy. You can learn more about this topic in this Money Magazine article. The financial professionals I recommend above have all read my book cover-to-cover, and use only the highest quality college finance strategies.

*I am not compensated in any way for making these recommendations.

If you’d like your name to be added to one of the above lists, do this.

Reach me by scrolling to the very bottom of the ABOUT section on this website.

Note that I do not ever recommend consultants who promise to “get kids into their dream schools.” I only endorse consultants who take the long view, using the tools I provide to 1) provide dozens of debt-free college strategies to parents, 2) help students zero in on career goal early on, and 3) assist students in identifying good-fit college programs that get them straight to those career goals with the least possible amount of time and money spent. 

The consultants I endorse don’t get kids to their “dream schools,” they use the resources I provide to get kids to their dream lives.

If you want my professional help with an application to law, medical, business, or grad school, visit me at GetIntoMedSchool.comWhen you get there, click on GET HELP NOW. My client roster fills up quickly every year, so contact me early.

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27 thoughts on “Approved Consultants

  1. HI
    How can I purchase your book “Launch: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt Free” Also, we have 2 minority kids adopted out of foster care. I have heard there are opportunities for them not available for all kids, how do I access those?


    Liz Magill

    • Liz,

      The book is not out yet. It was due out at the end of this year, but portions have to be redone because of changes to the financial aid application process that President Obama made on Sept. 13.

      One thing you can do is check your kids’ ages on the “what to do when” section of my website. References in that section to the timing of the FAFSA form are off right now because of the September 13 changes, but there is still much there that will benefit you.

      The best thing I can do for you now is to have you subscribe to my email newsletter so you are getting input from me every week. Then, come to as many of my live classes as you can. These are usually $49 per person and $20 for each additional family member, but I am giving a free shorter speech on October 8 at 7:00 PM at White Bear Lake area high school South campus auditorium.

      If you are on my email newsletter you will be among the first to know when the book comes out.

      Thank you for asking me about this!

    • Liz, the first opportunity to pre-order discounted copies of LAUNCH will be at starting at 6:00 am on January 18, 2016. There will be limited quantities available at that time so mark your calendar.
      : – )

  2. Jeannie,
    I was wondering if you do coaching for students looking to study for the ACT/SAT tests? I have a daughter who is wanting to take the PSAT and the ACT this year and her high school counselor told us to invest a good testing coach.

    I honestly have no idea where to find one, but thought of you because of the work you have already been doing in this area.

    Do you mainly coach parents on college application processes? Or do you also provide tutoring services to students who want to do well on standardized tests?

    • Rachel,

      You’re asking great questions about SAT/ACT prep.

      Here are some things to think about on this subject:

      1. I strongly suggest that you have your daughter seriously prep for just one of these tests. She’s busy enough without making her spread her limited time out over both. The ACT is so widely accepted now, especially in the midwest, that that one might be a good one for her to pursue with gusto.

      2. Have her take it once just to see how she does. If she scores high enough she might not even need structured prep. Don’t worry that she might bomb the test by taking it without prep. If she does poorly on it she can always take it again as many times as she wants to and schools will always look at her highest score.

      3. I don’t do SAT/ACT prep myself — though I did do it as a KAPLAN instructor many years ago. I don’t do test prep coaching first, because I am too busy and am turning away clients as it is, but second because I don’t currently have a full time research department behind me keeping up with every little change in these tests. This is a critically important qualification for any test prep you choose — and it’s a reason I never recommend locally based “tutors” or classes. After all these years I still do strongly recommend KAPLAN for test prep because they are so huge and have so many resources to put into the formation of their class curriculum and practice materials. Save yourself money though — just take KAPLAN’s least expensive $299 self-paced option and create a personal calendar at home for how your daughter will progress through the materials and get everything done. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and you’ll see the KAPLAN course I’m recommending:
      (I get nothing for telling you this, FYI, I just think it’s the best option for you.)

      4. If you daughter’s counselor is gravely worried about her standardized test prowess for some reason, worry no more. There are hundreds and hundreds of well-respected “test optional” colleges and universities that don’t require standardized test scores at all. Please take a look at the extensive informative blog post I wrote on this subject here and feel hope:

      5. You asked if I “coach parents on the college application process.” Parents get help from me through the free resources on my website and through my blog and free weekly email newsletter — but because my consulting schedule is 99% filled with medical and grad school applicants, I do very very little one-on-one consulting with parents of high schoolers. The biggest, most substantial help I have for parents of high schoolers is my book LAUNCH: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward (due out in 2016). This book will be more help to you than one-on-one consulting would be because it is so complete. You can get on the waiting list for the book here:

      Hope this helps! Best wishes!

  3. Hi Jeannie, I’m glad I found your page! I read some testimorials of other students you’ve helped and found it very encouraging. I’m currently a pre dental student by the end of the year I will graduate with a BS in Psychology with a roughly 2.9-3.0 GPA. Took me 8 years to graduate, but I did it and nothing is stopping me now. By this point, I know I have to do a post bacc program and I could use the help with the personal statement and everything in general. I was wondering if you offer your services to dental applicants as well?
    Thank you,

    • Dear ME, I do help with dental school! Please go to and click on GET HELP NOW. Follow the instructions to get a free 20-minute phone consultation with me. If you do need my help, don’t worry I’ll give you the June 12th price!

  4. Hello,

    I am one of those parents that delayed finding a resource such as yours! I am feeling a bit overwhelmed in how to catch up. I bought your book as soon as it was available and have read up to the grade of my kids (one sophomore and one junior). My question is, what do I do with the limited time from this point on? Do you have fast track recommendations for those of us with older kids? We started 529s for them when they were younger, but it is only a small fraction of tuition costs. Both kids are in dual enrollment already. I am a bit perplexed on how to get my junior ready at this point!

    • Angela, I suggest that you read my book, LAUNCH, cover to cover, with a pen in hand. Write down all the ideas that feel doable for you right now. Just focus on those ideas only. If you are busy, assign this job to your husband.

      Don’t worry; every chapter of LAUNCH says, “You don’t have to use all of these ideas! Just do the ideas that work for your family and either modify or discard the rest.” Good luck!

      Watch my free weekly email newsletter — I may be coming out with a “fast tracking” resource at some point. — Jeannie


  5. Hi Jeannie,

    Great website!
    I’m wondering if my children sign up for the WOW course at MACHE, will this count as the completed course prerequisite for the storyfinding appointment?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Sara! MACHE has not yet asked me to speak. I AM, however, speaking at the Minnesota Catholic Home Educators Conference and Curriculum Fair ( on June 2,2017. If you attend my essays class there, then — yes! That counts as the prerequisite for the storyfinding appointment.

  6. Hi Jeannie,
    I purchased your book, “LAUNCH How to get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free” and all I can say is it’s absolutely AMAZING!!! I just wish I had this a few years ago! My daughters and I would like to attend any seminars you are offering. They especially need a Study Skills class…or something to help them better prepare for tests and quizzes. Can you give me any direction as to where to find this type of class and any upcoming seminars you are offering. I do get your newsletter.

    Thank you

    • Katie, I’m sorry that I just now saw this comment! I am so glad you love the book! Can I ask you a huge favor? Will you please go on and write a thoughtful honest review of the book? This would help me so much! Just go to and you’ll be able to write your review there. If you have friends who’ve read LAUNCH, please tell them that the best way to thank me for the info in the book is to write a review. I need 110 more reviews. Thank you for your help! Regarding seminars, I am planning some in early 2018. Yes! And my email newsletter IS the best way to hear about my classes. Use these directions to “whitelist” the newsletter so it always shows up in your primary email inbox. Best wishes!

    • Katie, see and get on the waiting list. This is exactly how to get what you’re looking for. Good luck!

  7. I will be attending your upcoming event on how to write a college and scholarship essay in Fridley, unfortunately, I have some friends who are unable to make the drive. Do you ever post your sessions on line for later playback through a webinar system?
    If not, would you ever consider doing this for people who live outside of the Minneapolis area?
    Thank you for the consideration and I am lucky so say see you on May 10th!

    • Janice,

      Good news! I am currently finishing up a video version of this class! It will be available only to readers of my free weekly email newsletter. Have you subscribed to that at, and then “whitelisted” it using the instructions at If so, you and your friends will be the first to know when the video version is available.

    • Janice, send your friends to and they’ll see how they can access this. Thank you for asking!

  8. I have a junior and I recently came across your book. The book contains very useful and actionable information. I wish I had the book several years back.

    I’m trying to reach the college planning financial planner Troy Onink by following the info on this page. However I received no responses. Do you know if he is still active? If not, do you know anyone in the DC metro area that you could recommend?


    • Sunny, I’m trying to reach Troy too! My next plan is to mail a postcard to his office. My suggestion is—email and then check all your files to see if his reply was misdirected to a folder you never check. Good luck!