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Frequently Asked Questions
How much do courses cost?
A nonrefundable admission fee of $150 is required of all students enrolling for the first time at The American College. After that, self-study courses cost $599 per course, live online classes are $820 per course and monthly pay (self-study) is $160 per month for ChFC® and 165 per month for CFP® Certification courses. The shipping and handling of all study materials costs $25.

Now, something to keep in mind is that many companies offer reimbursement for the courses you take with The American College. The College also offers a variety of payment plans for you to consider. Further, some other CFP® Certification education providers sell textbooks and other materials separately, these are included in the price of each course at The American College.

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How long will each course take?
That depends on how you’d like to take the courses. The American College offers its classes online so that you may study for and earn your designation or certification from the comfort of your desk. While The American College sets the schedule for online courses, our self-study options, supported by online tools, are at your own pace. As a general rule however, you should plan to spend 50-70 hours studying for each course.

How long will it take to complete my designation/certification?
You are free to finish your program as fast as you like, but most students complete their designation requirements within 15-24 months. Each course involves an average of 50 hours of study, and while you can move through the program at your own pace, many students take one course every three months, provided that all other designation requirements are met.

How many courses does each program require?
The CFP® Certification requires six courses that will teach you the finer points of topics such as: Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Income Taxation, Retirement Needs, Investments and the ins and outs of Estate Planning.

As the more advanced credential, the ChFC® designation requires students to take nine courses. The ChFC® includes all that is in the CFP® Certification plus and additional required course as well as two electives covering topics such as: Financial Systems in the Economy, Financial Planning Applications, Estate Planning Applications, Executive Compensation and Financial Decisions for Retirement.

What are my study options with The College?
Many! The American College is proud to offer you study aides and materials that will help guide you through the entire learning process. These aides include flash cards prepared by industry experts*, practice tests, DVD lectures* and review digests*.

*Available for selected courses at an additional cost.

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What is The American College?
The American College is the number one provider of designations and certification education for financial planners. A non-profit public charity with the highest level of academic accreditation, The College was founded in 1927 with the purpose of advancing professionalism in financial services.

Today The American College is the leader in online and new media delivery of education and has a faculty of thought leaders who are driving the next generation of learning tools to support your continuing success.

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP(with flame logo)® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

The mark ChFC® is the property of The American College and may be used by individuals who have successfully completed the initial and ongoing certification requirements for this designation.