August 25, 2021 – Today, the American Institute of Certified College Financial Consultants (AICCFC) and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) announced a partnership that will enable members of each organization to benefit from expanded educational opportunities to both enhance their skills and better serve their clients.

Founded in 2017, the AICCFC is the issuer of the Certified College Financial Consultant (CCFC) credential, the premiere college and student loan advising designation that can be obtained by advisors and financial professionals who meet education, experience, and continuing education requirements. The CCFC requires a strong foundation of knowledge and lists AFCPE’s Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) certification as one of the few that meet this requirement.

“Both organizations share a commitment to integrity and professionalism in the personal finance field. AFC professionals are trained to meet their clients where they are and help them build healthy financial habits that lead to lasting financial well-being,” said Rachael DeLeon, Sr. Director of Member Services and Communications at AFCPE. “We believe that the best financial advice considers more than just dollars and cents. AFC certification and training programs help professionals better understand how diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences impact your clients’ money behaviors.”

With the rising costs of college, and the overwhelming financial decisions that come with higher education planning, it is more important than ever to equip qualified, caring professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to help families navigate complex financial decisions.

Through this partnership, AFCPE Members are eligible for a discount on both the CCFC designation or education course. In turn, AICCFC Members have the opportunity to save on the AFC certification, any AFCPE Essentials course – which includes Money Management Essentials and Financial Inclusion Essentials, as well as AFCPE Professional Membership.

“The AICCFC is excited to enter into this partnership with the AFCPE and is looking forward to providing education, resources, and a community of like-minded financial professionals as well as maintaining the high ethical and educational standards that AFCPE members have come to expect. This partnership between these two organizations is certainly cause for celebration by members and supporters of both the AFCPE and AICCFC communities!”

AFCPE Members can learn more about the discounts available to them in their Membership Dashboard. AICCFC Members will find more information in their Membership Resource Center.

About AFCPE®

AFCPE ensures the highest level of knowledge, skill, and integrity of the personal finance profession by certifying, connecting, and supporting diverse professionals who serve communities worldwide. Our comprehensive certification programs represent the gold standard for financial counseling, coaching, and education, including the AFC® (Accredited Financial Counselor®) certification which is accredited by NCCA and nationally recognized by CFPB and Department of Defense. Visit the AFCPE at

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