Join top personal finance programs across the country by becoming an AFCPE® Registered Education Program.

These programs offer students and/or professionals the opportunity to earn a certification that enhances their degree and marks the highest standard of excellence in the field of financial counseling and education.


Benefits:

  • Added value and increased recognition of your excellent programs.
  • Provides students the opportunity to participate in the AFCPE Knowledge Bowl.
  • Offers a streamlined way for your students to earn their AFC® certification. Students meet the AFC educational requirements for certification through coursework that has been aligned with the AFC Core Competencies.
  • Students studying full-time at the undergraduate (at least 12 credits), graduate (at least 9 credits), or PhD (at least 3 credits) level, are eligible to receive 50% off the AFC® exam.
  • NEW in 2021: AFCPE Registered Education Program students studying at the part-time level are eligible to receive 50% off the AFC® exam by applying for the Registered Education Program Part-Time Student Exam Scholarship. This scholarship program is funded by the AFCPE Strategic Impact Fund.

 

The Certification Council does not require, provide, accredit, or endorse any specific study guides, training or review courses, or other examination preparation products. The Certification Council, certification staff, certification committee members, and certification subject matter experts do not have involvement in the creation, accreditation, approval, endorsement or delivery of examination review courses, preparatory materials, educational programs, or training programs/products that prepare candidates for the AFC certification examination. 

Qualifications for becoming an AFCPE® Registered Education Program

  • Programs must be housed within post-secondary institutions accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the Department of Education, and all coursework should be, at a minimum, at an undergraduate level of study.
  • Coursework must cover subject areas that correspond to the core competencies required to sit for the AFC® certification exam. A minimum of six credit hours is required to satisfy this requirement.
  • The required curriculum should be within a program that supports development in personal finance, debt management and counseling skills through additional coursework or other educational or experiential opportunities.
  • The program supervisor must be an AFC® professional in good standing, or must have a graduate degree in financial planning, financial counseling, or another relevant degree.

Application Process

Register your program below by completing the AFCPE® Registered Education Program application form and submitting the completed form through email to Sheena Parrish.

Application fee: $200

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Questions? Email Sheena Parrish.

Undergraduate Programs

University of Alabama 
Consumer Science 
Major: Concentration in Family Financial Planning
Contact: Eve Pentecost, (888) 223-4131

Biola University
Financial Planning
Major: Financial Planning Minor & Business Concentration
Contact: Shane Enete, (858) 337-4866

California State University-Northridge 
Family and Consumer Science
Major: Consumer Affairs
Contact: Linda Bradley, (818) 677-3023

California University of Pennsylvania 
Business Administration
Major: Finance
Contact: Dr. Nan Li, (724) 938-4940

University of Florida 
Family, Youth, and Community Sciences
Major: Family, Youth, and Community Sciences
Contact: Martie Gillen, (352) 392-0404

University of Georgia
Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics
Major: Financial Planning
Contact: Joe Goetz, (706) 542-2066

Iowa State University 
Human Development and Family Studies
Major: Financial Counseling and Planning
Contact: Jonathan Fox, (515) 294-6993

Kansas State University
Personal Financial Planning
Major: Personal Financial Planning
Contact: Tierra Dimond, (785) 532-1480

Merrimack College 
Girard School of Business
Major: Business Administration (Concentration in Financial Planning
Contact: Ana Silva, (978) 837-3455

University of Minnesota
Family Social Science
Major: Family Financial Studies
Contact:
Virginia Zuiker, 612-625-4225

University of Missouri
Human Environmental Sciences
Major: Personal Financial Planning
Contact: Jim Green, (573) 882-9211

Montana State University 
Health and Human Development 
Major: Personal and Consumer Finance
Contact: Kimberly Hartman, (406) 994-3282

North Dakota State University 
Human Development and Family Science
Major: Human Development and Family Science (B.S. or Undergraduate Certificate)
Contact: Jim Deal, (701) 231-7568

The Ohio State University
Human Sciences
Major: Consumer and Family Financial Services
Contact: Cäzilia Loibl, 614-292-4226

Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
Major: Family Financial Planning (Certificate)
Contact: Kate Mielitz, (405) 744-6052

Park University 
School of Business
Major: Management or Business Administration (Concentration in Financial Planning)
Contact: Rob Jones, 913 620-7148

University of Rhode Island
Health Sciences
Major: Human Development and Family Studies, (Concentration in Family Finance)
Contact: Jing Jian Xiao, (401) 874-2547

Spalding University
Business
Major: Business (Concentration in Financial Planning)
Contact: Dishant Pandya, (502) 873-4258

Texas State University
Family and Consumer Science
Major: Consumer Affairs
Contact: Leslie Green, (512) 245-4689

Texas Tech University
Personal Financial Planning
Major: Personal Financial Planning
Contact: Jennifer Wilson

University of Utah 
Family and Consumer Science 
Major: Financial Counseling and Planning
Contact: Ann House, (801) 671-8447

Utah State University 
Family, Consumer, and Human Development
Major: Emphasis in Family Finance
Contact: Alena Johnson, (435) 797-1562

Utah Valley University 
Personal Financial Planning
Major: Personal Financial Planning
Contact: Ryan Law, (801) 863-5654

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Human Ecology
Major: Personal Finance
Contact: Cliff Robb, 608-262-3053

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University     Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Major: Consumer Studies
Contact: Kevin Cheng, 540-231-8515


 

Graduate Programs

California Lutheran University                                     School of Management                                                  Major: Financial Planning (MS, MBA)                        Contact: Chia-Li Chien, (805) 493-3410

University of Alabama 
Consumer Science 
Major: Concentration in Family Financial Planning (MA)
Contact: Eve Pentecost, (888) 223-4131

University of Georgia
Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics
Major: Financial Planning (MS, PhD)
Contact: Joe Goetz, (706) 542-2066

Iowa State University
Family and Consumer Science Human Development and Family Studies
Major: Family Financial Planning (MS or Graduate Certificate)
Contact: Jonathan Fox, (515) 294-6993

Kansas State University
Personal Financial Planning
Major: Family Financial Planning (MS)
Contact: Tierra Dimond, (785) 532-1480

University of Missouri
Personal Financial Planning
Major: 
Family Financial Planning (MS)
Contact: 
Deanna Sharpe,(573) 882-9652

Montana State University 
Health and Human Development 
Major: Family Financial Planning (MS)
Contact: Deborah Haynes, (406) 994-3244

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
College of Human Sciences
Major: Family Financial Planning (MS)
Contact: Douglas Nelson, (913) 461-7283

North Dakota State University
Human Development and Family Science
Major: Family Financial Planning (MS or Graduate Certificate)
Contact: Jim Deal, (701) 231-7568

Oklahoma State University 
Human Sciences 
Major: Family Financial Planning (MS or Graduate Certificate)
Contact: Kate Mielitz, (405) 744-6052

South Dakota State University 
Human Sciences
Major: Family Financial Planning (MS or Graduate Certificate)
Contact: Wookjae Heo, (605) 688-5835

Spalding University
Business
Major: Financial Planning (Post-Bachelor’s Certificate)
Contact: Dishant Pandya, (502) 873-4258

Texas Tech University
Personal Financial Planning
Major: Personal Financial Planning (MS, PhD)
Contact: Jennifer Wilson


 

Distance Learning Programs

AFCPE Registered Education Distance Learning Programs are designed for individuals who want to meet the AFC educational requirements through a reputable college or university, but are not interested in matriculating into an institution in the pursuit of a degree. Coursework is 100% online.

Metropolitan Community College
Applied Finance Institute
Major: Financial Counseling Certificate (for credit)
Contact: Ashley Peters

Park University
School of Business
Major: Financial Counseling Program (for credit)
Contact: Rob Jones

Texas Tech University
Personal Finance Program
Non-credit/degree-seeking program for non-students/working professionals
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AFCPE® Student Opportunities

AFCPE is committed to supporting and developing future leaders of our field. You don’t need to be an AFCPE Registered Education Program provider to get your students involved! 

AFCPE University Student Membership

AFCPE Membership is a great starting point for students interested in personal finance, financial counseling, and financial education. Membership also gives students interested in pursuing their AFC certification $50 off their registration!

AFCPE also provides other opportunities for students, including:

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