The College for Financial Planning is an institution that specializes in educating its students in financial and retirement planning. Founded in 1972, the college emphasizes the use of case studies in the classroom to give students the kind of hands-on experience they’ll need to become successful professionals. It offers graduate degree programs, certificates, and preparatory programs for the Certified Financial Planner certificate, which has been earned by more than 60,000 financial planners in the United States. All of the college’s courses and degree plans are available online.
Perhaps best known for its Certified Financial Planner certificate preparatory curriculum, the college also offers three master’s degree and professional designation programs online. According to the College for Financial Planning, more than 60,000 professionals in the United States hold the Certified Financial Planner certificate. A certificate gives a financial planner an advantage because it shows his or her clients that the planner is knowledgeable, educated, and ethical. The college’s professional designation programs are in asset management and retirement planning.
The College for Financial Planning has three graduate programs in personal financial planning, finance, and financial analysis. Classes use case studies to provide students with hands-on experience with situations they may encounter as professionals. Those looking to expand their knowledge and their ability to assist clients, without working through a full master’s degree program, have an option in the college’s graduate certificate plan. These programs, offered in portfolio management, personal financial planning, retirement planning, estate planning, and financial analysis, are shorter and more focused on the area of study than the graduate curriculum. If the student decides to go ahead and get their master’s, he or she will get credit for all courses taken in the certificate program.
The College for Financial Planning has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1994. It is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and it was recognized by the American Council on Education in 2012 for the quality of its graduate-level courses.
The admissions requirements vary depending on the program. The graduate-level degree plans require a bachelor’s in any field, as well as a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50. A student does not require a bachelor’s degree to enroll in the graduate certificate program. Although a student can enroll in the master’s program at any time, the classes run on an eight-week schedule so he or she may not start right away. To apply, the student must submit official college transcripts and complete the online enrollment application.
Meanwhile, there are no admissions requirements for the professional designation and certified financial planner certification preparatory courses. Students should be aware that the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, the organization that awards the certificates, has its own academic requirements that need to be met before they hand out certification.
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