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College Benefits Research Group Discuss Importance Of Picking Right College

-CBRG brings a novel approach to college planning – they combine financial college planning with finding the right fit academically and socially-

Roseland, New Jersey – Today, choosing a college is one of the largest decisions affecting both students and their families. Parents are often stressed about how to afford a college education for their children. However, choosing the right college in terms of the overall college experience is as important as paying for it. Steven Sirot and David Slater, Co-founders, along with their partner, Certified Educational Planner Janet Loren, College Benefits Research Group (CBRG), were recently featured in NJBIZ’s article, “Picking right college is as important as paying for it.”

Steven and David discuss that there is more to college planning than preparing finances; the overall college experience for the student should be equally considered. It is Janet who brings the academic/social expertise to CBRG – making for an innovative approach to college planning. Each year, Janet visits approximately seventy-five schools nationally to meet with admissions officers and to get a feel of different campus cultures. Janet’s mission is to find the right college fit, academically and socially, and then position the student to get into that college. Steven and David then take Janet’s analysis of the colleges and combine it with budgeting and financial planning for the families.

According to Steven, “that means finding the right school and being desired, but relating that to a plan of budget, maximizing strategies for lowering the cost of college and really making sure that we have a plan to get them through this experience, get all their kids through it and still have an eye on what comes next for the parents.”

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Co-founded by Steven Sirot and David N. Slater and joined by their partner, Certified Educational Planner, Janet Loren, CBRG demonstrates how a private and/or public education is affordable and attainable and allows hard working families to hit a “home run” in finding the right school, academically, socially and financially, for their child. CBRG also assists with the filing of financial aid forms.

“We are different from other college planning services in that we offer “harmonization” of financial, educational and social guidance for the entire family,” says Steven Sirot.“We meet jointly with students and parents to develop a college game plan that works for everyone. Too often college students attend a school because their friends are there, or it is the so-called ‘hot school’ that is on everyone’s radar, without any consideration of whether the school is right for them or the long-term effect it will have on family finances. We work hard with the entire family to let students know that going to college is a responsible decision that affects the whole family, and there are no ‘free rides.’ The student will be responsible for their academic success in college, which includes graduating in four years, and for paying back of some loans that may need to be taken out in their name.”

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