Prospective Students

Prospective Students

The Next Stage of Your Financial Planning Career Starts Here

Are you a seasoned financial professional looking to make your next career move or grow your expertise? Are you just starting out and ready to launch a rewarding career in financial planning? Wherever you are in your career journey, we have the diversified portfolio of programs and deep industry experience to get you to where you want to be. As opportunities for professionals in this field are growing much faster than average (15%), now is the perfect time to invest in your financial planning future with the College for Financial Planning®—a Kaplan Company.

Why the College for Financial Planning?

Deep History & Experience: Benefit from our 50+ years’ experience in financial education. As the original creator of the CFP® mark itself, we know what it takes to help you succeed in this field. Learn from expert financial planning faculty who offer 150 years of combined industry experience.

Highest Quality: Stay on top of the most recent developments and trends in the industry. Our curriculum continually evolves, bringing you pioneering programs in sustainable, responsible, and impact (SRI) investments; behavioral finance; domestic partnerships; and more innovative areas.

Online Flexibility: Take control of your financial planning education. Set the pace, schedule, structure, and learning style that work for you. Choose from live online, interactive classes, or self-paced programs you can complete on your own time while still enjoying access to our qualified faculty.

Vast Network: Join more than 195,000 financial professionals who are alumni of the College.

Our Commitment

The College has dedicated itself to providing advanced education programs focused on the needs of the financial services industry and its professionals. Through our quality support services and commitment to excellence, a half century later we are still the education provider of choice for professionals looking to enter the industry and advance their careers.

Our Programs

With stackable credentials across professional certifications, CFP® certification, and a Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning, College for Financial Planning® empowers advisors in their current career stages while they earn credit toward their next credential.

We offer programs to help you become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, expand your expertise, or earn your master’s degree.

Contact Us

We understand there is a lot to consider when making a choice about your future, which is why we are committed to helping you every step of the way. Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to make sure students have the resources and materials needed to be successful in each of our programs. Learn more about our leadership and faculty teams.

Department Chairs

Department of Financial Literacy

Chair – Cindy Riecke

Department of Financial Planning Education

Chair – Gary Clement

Department of Advisor Development

Chair – Dr. Sara Stolberg Berkowicz

Department of Advanced Programs and Designations

Chair – Dr. Alfonso Cobb

Department of Financial Analysis

Chair – Dr. Thomas Robinson

Enrollment Department

Phone: 800-237-9990

Our team of specialists can answer any questions you may have regarding our programs, such as expected time commitment, available textbook options, and class schedules. If you already know which program you’d like to enroll in, this department will also register you and order your materials.

Job Growth:

Creator of the Mark: In 1969, the International Association for Financial Planners (IAFP) and the College for Financial Planning® were created to help meet the financial needs of Americans. In 1985, the College entered an agreement to establish an independent, nonprofit certifying and standards-setting organization. Ownership of the CFP® marks and responsibility for continuing the CFP® certification program was transferred to the new organization, International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners, Inc. (IBCFP), now known as CFP Board. For more information, please visit

200,000: College records as of December 31, 2023