Financial Education for Securities, Banking, & Insurance Professionals.

Which Program Is for You?

Highest Standard of Knowledge and Trust: ChFC® and CLU®

There are two credentials in financial services that are most sought after: CLU® insurance specialty and ChFC® for advanced financial planners. CLU® requires eight in-depth courses covering all aspects of life insurance and risk management. ChFC®, the most rigorous financial planning credential, encompasses all of the content required to sit for the CFP Board exam plus an additional three courses. Many financial planning students start with the fundamental CFP® certification program then advance to meet the additional requirements of the ChFC®.

CFP® Certification Education

In order to sit for CFP Board's comprehensive examination, financial planners must complete an approved educational program. The American College is the leading educator of financial planners, and 65% of these programs at universities across the country use textbooks written by The American College faculty. Studying with The College gives you the best opportunity of success, as students who make A's on all of our courses have a greater-than-90% chance of passing the national comprehensive exam.

Specialty Designations

From retirement planning to specialized knowledge in philanthropy, additional designations can expand your knowledge base and your practice. Ranging from three to five courses each, the following programs are available:

  • ChHC® not just for health insurance products. The new healthcare law impacts tax rates on investments, personal financial planning, and a range of other critical issues for your clients.
  • RICP® the latest ideas for creating sustainable retirement income for your clients.
  • CASL® focuses on planning for seniors and retirement issues. It is the most rigorous academic program of its kind in the country and covers estate planning, investments, working with seniors, financing for retirement, health coverage, integration with government programs, and more.
  • REBC® is focused on the broad array of employee benefits and executive compensation issues that companies face.
  • CAP® offers three courses in philanthropy, one of the hottest topics advisors are facing today. Specializing in this area is a relatively new field, so earning this credential can really set an advisor apart from the competition.
FAQ's - Increased Specialization Programs
How do I register for my first course at The American College?
There are several different ways to register for your first course at The College:
  • Create your Student Account and register at the Student Account and Registration link above.
  • Speak to a Student Counselor at 1-888-263-7265
  • Download Admission and Course Registration Forms
How much is course tuition and what does it include?
The tuition for CLU®, ChFC®, CFP®, CASL® and REBC® courses is $750, plus $0 (per course) for shipping and handling of materials. Your tuition covers the cost for all of your required study materials, including textbooks, audio reviews, and syllabus, as well as access to online study tools, sample exams, and interactive exercises. Your examination is also included with the cost of tuition.
As a new student, are there additional fees?
If you are taking your first course with The American College, you will be charged a one-time, non-refundable New Student Fee of $0. This fee covers the cost of setting up student records, which enable us to track your progress.
How many courses do I need to complete to earn a professional designation from The American College?
The number of required courses varies from program to program within a range of three to eight courses. Please visit our Programs of Study page for specific information on course requirements for our designation programs.
How are courses delivered?
Designation program courses are delivered in a variety of convenient formats to meet the diverse learning needs of our students, including self-study through textbooks, live classes, online learning, accelerated programs and webcasts. Please visit our Programs of Study pages for specific information on course options for your selected program.
How long should I plan to spend studying for each course?
As a general rule, you should plan to spend 50-70 hours studying for each course.
How long will it take to complete my designation?
You are free to finish your program as fast as you like, but most students complete their designation requirements within 15-24 months.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, and CFP (with flame logo)® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP® Board's initial and ongoing certification requirements.

Two study tracks are available within the robust CLF® designation in leadership. One is designed for agency heads in the field, the other for home office supervisors. Designees will master recruiting and retention, developing business plans, setting expectations and performance objectives, and building management and leadership skills. Courses are offered in a variety of interactive formats for maximum learning.

Master's Degrees

The College offers two accredited master's degrees, one in leadership and the other designed for sophisticated financial services practitioners. While there is a formal application and admissions process, many students like that there is no GMAT or standardized testing required to enter these programs. Both are very flexible programs that combine distance learning with self-study elements. You'll definitely want to speak with our graduate office at 610.526.1385 to learn more about these exciting programs!

Review answers to the questions we most frequently receive by choosing the type of program you're interested in from the groups below. Remember, if you ever have questions, please contact a Student Counselor anytime.

FAQ's - Leadership & Advanced Degree Programs
How do I apply for admission into the MSM Program?
To apply for admission into the MSM program:
  • Complete and submit course admission and registration forms
  • Submit an official copy of undergraduate degree transcript(s)
  • Provide a letter of corporate approval from your supervisor (if applicable)
  • Submit a statement of intent indicating experience with budgets
  • Complete a telephone interview with the head of the MSM Leadership program.
How do I begin the MSFS program?
To begin your MSFS studies, you first must be formally admitted to the program. Applicants are selected on the basis of academic and professional criteria. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, pay the required application fee, and submit official transcripts from each college or university attended.
Whom do I contact if I have questions about the Graduate programs?
Please contact Leah Selekman, Director of Graduate Administration, at 610-526-1385 or email to


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Programs of Study
Centers of

Insurance Education

Registered Health Underwriter®

(Health Insurance)


Chartered Healthcare Consultant®

(Healthcare Specialty)


Registered Employee

Benefits Consultant

(Employee Benefits)


Chartered Leadership Fellow®

(Field or Agency Leadership)


Life Underwriter Training

Council Fellow

(Insurance Skills)


Chartered Life Underwriter®

(Insurance Specialty)

Financial Planning

Chartered Financial Consultant®

(Advanced Financial Planning)


Certification Education

(Financial Planning)


Chartered Advisor for

Senior Living®

(Retirement Income Education)


Financial Services Specialist

(Financial Services Basics)


Chartered Advisor

in Philanthropy®



Retirement Income

Certified Professional

(Retirement Income)

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Management

(Executive Leadership)


Master of Science in

Financial Services

(Advanced Financial Planning)