College Benefits Research Group Featured On Public Affairs Show

Top Quote CBRG discusses the changes in college financial aid and important skills for students. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 11, 2015 - Roseland, New Jersey - Steven Sirot, Co-Founder, College Benefits Research Group (CBRG), and Janet Loren, Partner, Certified Educational Planner (CEP) were guests on FreshOutlook, an Emmy-winning public affairs television news program, to discuss how students and parents are adapting to dynamic financial circumstances and handling the college application process.

    "The number one thing parents can do when planning for college is to be proactive," said Sirot, "The process has evolved. Parents are trying to relate it to their experience, but it is so different." Sirot explained that although the cost of college has gone up about 5-9%, need-based financial aid has also significantly increased. A big reason why costs have gone up, he continues, is because schools can have a pool of money to use strategically by offering it to students they really want at their school.

    Between 2007 and 2009, Sirot said there has been a massive increase in applications to state schools. "Students know they can get a quality education for a lot less money, but since more students are applying to these schools, it can be harder to get into the school itself or the program a student wants," he commented.

    Sirot and Loren both agree that students need to be prepared with skills which will enable them to be ready for the workforce. "It is so important for students to learn to think cognitively," stated Loren, "they have to be able to take complex ideas and understand them, and to look for innovative ways to get things done."

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    College Benefits Research Group (CBRG) is a college planning organization with a unique model for working with families to find the right "fit" for their child not only financially, but academically and socially as well. Their three prong model in the college planning arena is innovative and effective in order to develop a college game plan that works for everyone. CBRG has appeared in print and broadcast media outlets.

    For more information or to schedule an interview with College Benefits Research Group, please contact Amy Delman of Amy Delman Public Relations, LLC, at 201.563.4614 or amydelmanpr ( @ ) verizon dot net dot

    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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