NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
CFP Board-registered programs: 1 certificate, 1 classroom program (in traditional and accelerated formats), and 2 web-delivered programs (self-paced and live); all offered in partnership with Dalton education
Faculty: 10 in-class adjunct instructors; 8 online instructors.
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1 in classroom
Tuition: $5,590 for traditional classroom program; $5,650-$7,700 for a live online course; $3,095-$4,695 for self-paced online
FPA student chapter: No, but students can become a member of the FPA through the NYU-FPANY Scholarship for actively enrolled CFP students at a discounted rate.
Overview: NYUs certificate program offers students the flexibility to complete coursework three ways in person, live online and led by an instructor, or self-paced online. Geared toward professionals and college graduates, the program leverages NYUs geographic advantage, offering students opportunities to work with companies in the city.
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Chicago and Evanston, Ill.
CFP Board-registered programs: 2 online and 1 classroom certificate programs
Enrollment: 150 across all programs
Faculty: About 30 adjunct
Student-to-faculty ratio: About 5:1 overall
Tuition: $2,000 - $8,000, depending on the program
FPA student chapter: No, but the Chicago FPA chapter invites Northwestern to attend.
Overview: The Northwestern certificate program, offered both online and in a classroom, is designed to fit the needs of all students, from career changers to longtime planning professionals. Following a program overhaul in 2013, the classes are designed to simulate a planners daily life. Participants who pass all required courses will have a certificate of completion from Northwestern University, which they can proudly display on their wall and share with their clients, says Adam Kashuba, director of professional development at Northwestern University School of Professional Studies.
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OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
CFP Board-registered programs: B.S. in consumer and family financial services with track in financial planning
Faculty: 7 full-time, 4 adjunct
Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
Tuition: Ohio-resident undergraduates, $5,108 per semester (for 12 hours); out-of-state undergraduates $13,358 per semester
FPA student chapter: No, but the student financial planning club meets every other week.
Overview: The financial planning track, part of a consumer and family financial services major, has an emphasis on family financial management. Subjects include general financial planning, insurance, credit, savings, investment instruments to reach financial goals, and retirement and estate planning. Courses are taught by both faculty and industry professionals, says program chairman Sherman Hanna. The student financial planning club features outside speakers and panels on topics including financial services careers, industry compensation models, CFP exam preparation, licensing, interviewing and résumé preparation.
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