ROSELAND, NJ – College bound high school students and their parents are invited to two free community workshops sponsored by College Benefits Research Group (CBRG)

The workshop will advise high school students on strategies for maximizing their family’s college financial aid and lowering out-of-pocket costs. Parents will also be able to speak with a top-ranked academic planner who can discuss the selection and admissions process, essay writing and interviewing skills.

The first workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 6:45 p.m. at CBRG's headquarter location, 7 Becker Farm Road, Roseland. 

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The second workshop will be held Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cedar Grove Public Library, 1 Municipal Plaza, Cedar Grove. 

These meetings will reveal what all parents of high school students need to know as they take on the challenge of applying to, being accepted at and paying for college. Seating will be limited, so reserve your date and time early.

Families can register by calling (888) 802-2740 or visiting

Topics to be discussed include: How colleges treat standardized test; 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 how a family may be able to save tens of thousands of dollars on college tuition.

Co-founders Steven Sirot and David N. Slater, along with their partner, Educational Counselor and Certified Educational Planner (CEP), Janet Loren will demonstrate 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.”

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 a 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).

To reserve your seats and/or for more information, call (888) 802-2740 or visit: is proud to highlight one of its main sponsors, CBRG.

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