AMERICAN COLLEGE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
Bryn Mawr, Pa.
CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 1 CFP Board-registered certificate program, with online, self-study and in-person delivery options. Also offers ChFC program, an accredited MSFS degree for planning practitioners and Ph.D. programs in retirement and financial planning.
Enrollment: About 30,000 in all finance courses
Faculty (full-time and adjunct): 19 full-time, 15 adjunct
Student-to-faculty ratio: Not available.
Tuition: M.S. in financial services, $1,200 per course with 12 courses; Ph.D., $3,250 per course with 12 courses. For flagship certificate programs, each course is $640.
FPA student chapter: No
Overview: The American College of Financial Services (formerly known just as American College) boasts that it's the nation's largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services. The college also boasts that the number of planners it educates annually is among the highest. As a partner with banks, brokerage firms and insurance companies, it derives much of its student population from these fields. The college also produces educational materials used to teach planners everywhere. As the owner of the ChFC designation, the American College used to promote the designation as the only valid mark for financial planners, although it now promotes the CFP mark, as well. Classes are offered in person and online. In 2014, it will introduce two new certificate programs: the Financial Services Certified Professional (FSCP) and the Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC). It will also launch a new exam prep program for analysts pursuing the CFA designation.