Area(s) of expertise: College Planning
Summary of expertise:
Co-founder Steven Sirot, College Benefits Research Group, 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.
“We are different from other college planning services in that we offer “harmonization” of financial, educational and social guidance for the entire family. 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 on time.”
Steven Sirot is a Charter Member of the National College Advocacy Group (NCAG).
Prior media experience:
- NJMoneyHelp.com - Can 529 plan pay for college prep? - (2/28/17) http://bit.ly/2m87xfl
- DailyRecord.com - How Chatham family navigated college process - (2/12/17) http://dailyre.co/2kt9W3m
-NJ.com - Biz Brain Help in paying student loans - (1/24/17) http://bit.ly/2kdxPNk
-NJ Money Help- Applying for ‘early college decisions’ and financial aid questions- (11/15/16) http://bit.ly/2fIHDwI
-Small Biz America- Small Biz America with David Wolf - (10/20/16) http://bit.ly/2eLAYSS
- The Progress-Research group hosts free community workshop on college costs (10/4/16) http://bit.ly/2cWjZdn
- Inside Jersey- Living with the college debt you have (8/18/16)
- Inside Jersey- How to avoid deep college dept (8/17/16)
- Inside Jersey- College debt is killing my future (8/16/16)
- AVVO Stories- Six Ways Divorce Impacts Your Teen’s College Financial Aid (8/9/16) http://bit.ly/2bYd1HP
-NJ Money Help - Tips to Maximize Financial Aid," (7/25/16)
-NJ Money Help - "Where To Look For Financial Aid,” (6/1/16)
-NJ Money Help - “Understanding College Financial Aid,” (4/21/16) http://bit.ly/1TAvtUC
-Weekends on WFAN - (3/20/16)
-The Fresh Outlook - "How To Appeal Financial Aid Awards" (3/12/16)
"When to Appeal a College Financial Award", (2/24/16)
-NJ Money Help - “If You Fall Behind On Student Loan Debt,” (2/24/16) http://bit.ly/1QJ4GC
-101.5 FM Radio/NJ MoneyHelp.com
"David Slater - 529 plans and the best options for college savings", (02/04/16)
-NJ Money Help - "529 Plans And The Best Options For College savings,” (2/4/16)
-101.5 FM Radio/NJ MoneyHelp.com
"Steven Sirot - Profiled In 101.5 Radio- Changes In The New FAFSA,"(12/30/15)
"Steven Sirot - Profiled In NJBIZ 'Triple Play'- How To Protect The College
-The West Essex Tribune
"David Slater - Livingston People - Profiled In NJMoneyHelpNJ - FAFSA vs.
CSS Profile," (11/12/15)
- NJMoneyHelp.com; NJ 101.5 radio (10/30/15)
"Understanding Financial Aid Forms,"
"Making Sense Of Financial Aid,"
-The Fresh Outlook - "College Preparation" (8/22/15)
-The Fresh Outlook - "Paying for College" (8/22/15)
- US News & World Report
"3 Important College Funding Questions To Answer During A Divorce,"(8/19/15)
-NJBIZ - "Tuition insurance is coming to Jersey" (8/10/15)
-NorthJersey.com - "Helping students get ready for college" (7/03/15)
- The Star Ledger: Crowdfunding your college tuition? N.J. student says online village should invest $47K in her (6/2/15)
-Forbes - "How To File A Financial Aid Appeal" (5/12/15)
-NJBIZ - "Picking right college is as important as paying for it: Roseland company out to be full-service aid to parents, kids" (5/11/15)
-NJBiz: Picking right college is as important as paying for it (4/20/15)
-Business 101 with Scott Gingold: Steven Sirot Discussing College Planning (4/5/15)
-WGLS’s “A Community Affair": CBRG's co-founder, Steven Sirot, and Educational Counselor, Janet Loren, discuss the importance of social, academic, AND financial fit in the college search process (12/17/14)
-WRNJ's "Newsline": CBRG Co-Founders Steven Sirot and David Slater discuss how and when to search for the best college for your student (12/4/14)
-WCTC Radio: CBRG's Co-Founders, Steven Sirot and David Slater, and Educational Specialist, Janet Loren, discuss all aspects of college planning. (12/11/14)
-Interviewed on WNYJTV's "Community Impact"
-Interviewed on WPIX11 Morning News
-Rowan Radio: A Community Affair (12/9/13)
- Interviewed on WCTC's "Jersey Central" Radio Show
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