College Benefits Research Group (CBRG) http://www.cbrg.info is headquartered in Roseland, NJ, and addresses an overwhelming tri-fold need that many families face today but cannot find answers for. How does one navigate the endless maze to get a child into a college or university that is the right choice academically and socially, as well as affordable for the family?
Co-founded by Steven Sirot and David N. Slater, 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. Additionally, CBRG goes one step further by retaining top-ranked Academic and Financial Consultants. Janet Loren, who heads the Academic Division, guides students through the selection and admissions process, essay writing and interviewing skills. Her team visits 50-75 colleges a year for relationship building with admissions officers and to ensure they have the latest information on each school. CBRG will also file all financial aid forms.
“We are different from other college planning services in that we offer “harmonization” of financial, educational and social guidance to 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.”
College Benefits Research Group’s community workshops are held throughout the state and explain in detail many strategies one can employ to find the best college “fit” for your child. Steven Sirot and David N. Slater, MBA are Charter Members of the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG). Janet Loren holds professional memberships in the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA); the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC); the New Jersey Association for College Admissions Counseling (NJACAC); the Higher Education Counselors Association (HECA) and the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG).