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Free College Funding Workshop Coming to Essex County, NJ

Cynthia Cumming

Friday, May 2, 2014 • 9:54pm



WEST ORANGE, NJ - The College Benefits Research Group (CBRG)  is sponsoring a free community workshop for parents of college-bound high school students on Wednesday, May 14, at the BCB Community Bank, 200 Valley Street, South Orange.

The presentation will include strategies for maximizing a family’s college financial aid and lowering out-of-pocket costs. A top-ranked academic planner will be available to discuss the selection and admissions process, essay writing and interviewing skills.

Other discussion topics will include: How colleges treat standardized tests; how to choose the right college;         how colleges choose their students; a timeline for success; how to pay for college; different types of financial aid; and most importantly, how a family may be able to save tens of thousands of dollars on college tuition.

“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, co-founder.

.”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.”

CBRG was co-founded by Steven Sirot and David N. Slater and joined by their partner, Educational Counselor, 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.

CBRG was co-founded by Steven Sirot and David N. Slater and joined by their partner, Educational Counselor, 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.

For more information or to register for the workshop, call 888-802-2740 or visit the CBRG website at  www.cbrg.info.

 

 

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