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Your Student Experience

Taking courses at The American College of Financial Services.

Our greatest priority is to see our students succeed, both in their courses, as well as their careers. So we want to make sure you’re aware of some of the valuable resources that are available to you from The College, from the immense selection of digital resources available through our library to live professor-led, intensive reviews for material that you find particularly challenging.

Explore your online learning options, get details on course study materials, or learn more about the enrollment and admissions process.

The American College of Financial Services has an open-admission policy for designation programs.

You can explore your designation and degree options here, or if you're ready to enroll now you may do so from the top of the page. 

If you'd like some assistance, our Professional Education Department has a friendly staff of experienced counselors who can help you decide which program is right for you. If you have any questions regarding a particular study plan, a counselor is available to help you at 888-263-7265 from Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.

Enrolling in a Graduate Program

If you are applying for one of our master’s degrees, you'll need to talk with a counselor, as there are some additional requirements that apply to master’s students.

Flexible learning options, first-class resources
We pride ourselves on offering valuable education in financial services, while still allowing you the flexibility to learn on your own terms.
To get started, you’ll choose the designation or certification program you want to pursue. Each will consist of college-level courses that require work and preparation to complete successfully.

Your studies
All the study material you need will be included with your tuition. After you enroll in a course, you will receive access to The College’s online learning system. Start by exploring the robust suite of tools we've developed to help you pass your exam. Our courses have different learning tools depending on the program you are enrolled in. The variety of tools may include: reading material, practice tests, video and audio lectures, simulations, and more. Many courses also include a textbook, which you will receive in the mail.

You are free to create your own plan for how you want to pace your studies. We recommend a steady approach, so that you can truly absorb the material. For students who feel they would benefit from more hands-on instruction, you can read more about our supplementary instructor-led, live learning options below.

Final examinations vary based on the program and instructional mode. Learn more about scheduling exams, testing windows and taking the course exams here.

Your online learning center
You will access your courses in The College’s online learning center directly from your student portal. You’ll find a variety of interactive study tools to help you master your course materials and reach your educational goals. You will have access to the resources you need including videos of faculty experts, peer and faculty communication tools, online textbooks and syllabus, learning modules, practice questions, interactive learning exercises, sample exams, and simulations.

The Vane B. Lucas Memorial Library features one of the most robust, online collections of financial services information in the country. Our digital collection is developed to support students across all programs, and each resource is selected to provide you the most current and authoritative information on the topics that interest you.

Supplementary study tools are available to assist you in preparing for many of your exams.

Online: Live Webinar Classes
Some courses have the option to add live webinar classes. These are supplemental, scheduled online classes held once per week for eight weeks with exceptional instructors and archived back-ups for your convenience and review.

More students are choosing live webinar classes now for three reasons:

  • The quality instructors are a great help in understanding complex material
  • The discipline of regular classes keeps studying on track
  • Class archives offer the flexibility of repeat viewings


In some cases, you can also add-on an Intensive Review Program (IRP) to your course selection. IRPs are 2.5 days of comprehensive material review with an expert instructor to prepare you for your course exam. Study before you arrive, participate in an intensive, two-day review of the course topics, then take your exam onsite. These programs are increasingly popular and effective ways to combine the best of both worlds: self-study and expert review.

When enrolling in an IRP, please be aware that these programs require a minimum number of participants in order to be held as scheduled. We will confirm that your program will occur as scheduled three weeks before the start of class. Do not make travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation email three weeks before the start date.

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