On-Campus Program: Weeknight CFP Courses and Class Schedule

Complete the certificate in 14 to 18 months by
  • Taking more than one course at a time at least once during the program such as Income Tax, Estate or Retirement Planning. (Taking more than two courses per term is not recommended.)
  • Taking the Introduction and Investment course by themselves (i.e. do not double up).
  • Taking the Financial Plan Development and Presentation course by itself at the end of the program. (Per CFP Board no exceptions will be made.)

Program Schedule:
Courses are held according to the schedule below, but may be subject to change.

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Annual Schedule

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
300-0 Intro to Financial Planning X   X
301-0 Insurance Planning   X   X
312-0 Investment Planning X   X
313-0 Income Tax Planning X X
314-0 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits X X
315-0 Estate Planning X X

320-0 Financial Plan Development and Presentation (Capstone) *Only offered during the Fall and Spring terms. Please plan your schedule with this in mind.

X X

Sample Standard Course Plan

Fall Start

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

FALL Intro Estate
WINTER Insurance Retirement
SPRING Income Tax Financial Plan
SUMMER Investment [July Exam]

Sample Accelerated Course Plan

Fall Start

YEAR 1

YEAR 2

FALL Intro Financial Plan
WINTER Insurance + Retirement [March Exam]
SPRING Income Tax + Estate
SUMMER Investment



Professional Development Programs

CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™ Certification Education Program
FN_EXTND 300-0 Introduction to Financial Planning *Core Course

This course will introduce you to the profession of Financial Planning and the personal Financial Planning Process. This is the first course in the series of classes which will qualify you to sit for the Certified Financial Planner exam. Through assigned readings, lectures, class discussions, problem sets, and an experiential learning project, you will gain an overview of the financial planning profession and obtain the knowledge necessary to define the scope of the financial planner/client relationship, identify and gather client financial data and goals, and begin to analyze and evaluate the client’s financial needs. You will expand your understanding of the role of the financial planner, including the fiduciary nature of the advisor/client relationship. Emphasis will be placed on the regulatory agencies that govern our profession, ethical standards, budgeting, case study, various special situations, financial statement creation, importance of client relationships, and the time value of money. This course is offered during the spring and fall terms.


Additional Information:

The concepts in this course were previously covered in FN_PLAN 311-0 or FN_EXTND 311-0. Students who have already completed 311-0 do not need to take this course.

 

In the on-campus track, this five-week course is offered in the Fall and Spring quarters.


Tuition:
$765

Fall 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

Fundamentals of Financial Planning - 5th Edition
ISBN: 978-1-936602-41-4

 

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
09/26/17 - 10/24/17 Tu 6 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 18146
FN_EXTND 301-0 Insurance Planning *Core Course

This course will help students to identify the types of risk client’s face, and to evaluate various methods of mitigating that risk. Contingency planning is an important element of the financial planning process. We will discuss how to make recommendations to manage ongoing risk when planning for the future. Students will also learn to analyze clients’ insurance needs and determine the type and amount of insurance best suited to each client's situation. Students will understand what is necessary for clients regarding life, property, liability, homeowner's and personal-auto insurance. Students will also learn the relevant issues related to different types of insurance, including, life, property and casualty, medical, disability, and long-term care insurance. This course is offered during the winter and summer terms.


Additional Information:

The concepts in this course were previously covered in FN_PLAN 311-0 or FN_EXTND 311-0. Students who have already completed 311-0 do not need to take this course.


Tuition:
$925

Summer 2017 Sec #45


Course Materials:


The Tools & Techniques of Insurance Planning and Risk Management, 3rd Edition. Leimberg, Kenneth W., Kenneth Price, and Jesus M. Pedre. Erlanger: National Underwriter Company, 2016. ISBN-10: 1-941-62795-1 | ISBN-13: 978-1-941-62795-2

 

College for Financial Planning Study Guides - Insurance Planning (Modules 4-10)

*Bundled with Introduction to Financial Planning

Students can purchase these study guides at a discounted rate by emailing Regena Davis at regena.davis@cffp.edu. To receive the discount, you must identify yourself as a Northwestern University student.


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Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/22/17 - 08/24/17 Th 6 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 507
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41473
FN_EXTND 312-0 Investment Planning *Core Course

This course surveys the wide variety of investment vehicles that can be included in a client's investment portfolio, introducing risk-return criteria as a means of evaluating alternatives. The broad spectrum of investments is explored, ranging from guaranteed- and fixed-income products to derivatives and private placements. An emphasis on the client is the overriding theme for the course, beginning with the client needs assessment as it relates to risk tolerance, return requirements and liquidity needs. Techniques for selection, timing, measurement and diversification of investments are studied in detail. Different strategies and valuation models are used to understand fundamental investment principles. Modern portfolio theory, risk management, market strategies, efficient market theory, and asset allocation and diversification are introduced. Retirement planning and employee benefits will be discussed, as will relevant ethical considerations. Students analyze expected return characteristics individually and in combination within a hypothetical portfolio. Specific investment types discussed include stocks and bonds, mutual funds, insurance-based investments, options and futures contracts, foreign investments, real estate, tangible assets, and other debt and equity securities. Other topics include tax considerations, economic factors, the portfolio construction and management process, portfolio performance evaluation methods, market analysis, hedging and option strategies, and formula investing. The course also discusses government regulation of securities and markets. This course is offered during the winter and summer terms.


Tuition:
$925

Summer 2017 Sec #44


Course Materials:

Investments: An Introduction, 12th Edition. Mayo, Herbert B. Independence: Cengage Learning, 2017. ISBN-10: 1-305-63841-7 | ISBN-13: 978-1-305-63841-9

Students may purchase this book from any retailer. Students may purchase an e-reader version, if available.

 

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Additional course materials will be provided via the online course site.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/21/17 - 08/30/17 W 5:45 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 701
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 42032
FN_EXTND 313-0 Income Tax Planning *Core Course

This course provides an overview of the federal income tax system, examining the income taxation of individuals, sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs and corporations. Students will begin with taxation terminology and then learn about the concepts of gross income and deductions for profit-making activities, personal deductions and tax planning for the family, tax benefits of home ownership, planning for the acquisition and deposition of other real estate, and how the choice of business entity affects the taxes of owners and employees. The course will focus on how financial planners advise clients about the most effective methods of maximizing wealth by reducing their tax burden through an examination of a variety of tax issues-including tax law, accounting methods, tax planning related to employee compensation, research and practitioner concerns, cost-recovery methods, consequences of like-kind exchanges and tax-advantage investments. Alternative minimum tax (AMT), self-employment tax, ethical considerations, potential traps and pitfalls, and the consequences and effects of IRS audits and enforcement activities also will be discussed. This course is offered during the fall and spring terms.


Tuition:
$950

Fall 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

College for Financial Planning Study Guides - Income Tax (Modules 1-8)

Students can purchase these study guides at a discounted rate by emailing Regena Davis at regena.davis@cffp.edu. To receive the discount, you must identify yourself as a Northwestern University student.

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Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
09/19/17 - 11/21/17 Tu 5:45 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 18147
FN_EXTND 314-0 Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits *Core Course

This course covers all aspects of retirement planning and employee benefits, beginning with the presentation of tax-deferred retirement program options and the framework used to conduct a needs analysis for achieving retirement income goals. Key features of qualified retirement plan design are discussed, emphasizing the advantages and disadvantages of specific types of plans for the owners of small- to medium-sized businesses. Assumptions and projections of lifestyle, inflation, returns and life expectancy are critical when considering retirement needs. An understanding of cash flow, income sources, medical expenses and benefits must go into the calculations. Employee compensation has changed significantly in recent years, so it is essential that financial planners grasp how to coordinate employer-sponsored benefits within a plan. All of these issues are addressed in detail, as are how to avoid inappropriate investments and how to present recommended courses of action to clients. Additional relevant topics highlighted in this course include commonly provided non-pension employee benefits, such as disability, healthcare and group life insurance. Students will discuss the uses of life and disability insurance in planning for closely held businesses, as well as for the family. Childcare, Medicare and other dependent-care benefits are considered. Federal social security, cafeteria plans, stock options and stock purchase plans, transportation issues, and forms of non-qualified deferred compensation are included, as well. This course is offered during the winter and summer terms.


Tuition:
$925

Summer 2017 Sec #42


Schedule Notes:

  • Monday, July 10: Online Sync Session
  • Monday, July 17: NO CLASS


Course Materials:

Retirement Planning and Employee Benefits, 12th Edition. Dalton, James F., and Michael A. Dalton. Metairie: Money Education, 2016. ISBN-10: 1-936602-39-3 | ISBN-13:978-1-936602-39-1. (NOTE: Students may purchase the 10th Edition or higher. The instructor will be using the 12th Edition.)

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Additional Material (Optional):
College for Financial Planning Study Guides - Retirement Planning & Employee Benefits (Modules 1-9) Students can purchase these study guides at a discounted rate by emailing Regena Davis at regena.davis@cffp.edu. To receive the discount, you must identify yourself as a Northwestern University student. (Please note: Do not order before 5/30/2017 or you will not have the correct version.)

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/19/17 - 08/28/17 M 5:45 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Closed 41787
FN_EXTND 315-0 Estate Planning *Core Course

Planning and managing federal estate and gift taxation is one of the most overlooked yet critical elements of a financial plan. Part of this process involves understanding the perspectives of the many parties involved and their related concerns; that is, the perspectives of descendants, fiduciaries, estates, trust beneficiaries, donors and recipients. This course examines the important estate-planning issues from all of these perspectives. Beginning with the fundamentals of federal estate and gift taxation, the process of developing an estate plan is presented through a discussion of a variety of mechanisms - such as incapacity planning, qualified interest trusts, generation skipping, estate planning weaknesses, property ownership forms, intestacy and will substitutes, how to satisfy liquidity needs, and specific exclusion and valuation techniques that reduce the size of the gross estate. There are many facets to proper estate planning, and this course will touch on all of the essential elements necessary for consideration by the financial planner. Charitable, intrafamilial, postmortem and business-transfer planning techniques that play an important part in estate planning are addressed, and additional focus is placed on the implications of gifts and bequests, including lifetime gifting and coordination of the unified credit with marital deduction. Other issues include tax consequences of estate planning techniques, revocable and irrevocable trusts (including bypass and marital deduction trusts), life insurance, federal estate tax, probate and more. This course is offered during the fall and spring terms.


Tuition:
$950

Fall 2017 Sec #45
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Schedule Notes:

11/23 - NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)


Course Materials:

TBD

 

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
09/21/17 - 12/07/17 Th 5:45 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room TBA
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 18149
FN_EXTND 320-0 Financial Plan Development and Presentation *Core Course

This course will lead you through the steps in developing a complete financial plan. You will learn what goes into a financial plan, participate in mock client interviews to learn proper interview techniques, read and analyze case studies of other plans, and develop and present your own financial plan to the class and a panel of experts. This course may only be completed as the final course in the program. This course is offered during the fall and spring terms.


Additional Information:

If you are a challenge candidate, contact us directly at pdp@northwestern.edu. 


Tuition:
$950

Fall 2017 Sec #44
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Schedule Notes:

11/22 - NO CLASS (Thanksgiving Break)


Course Materials:

Personal Financial Planning Series: Cases and Applications, 9th Edition. Kaplan Schweser. La Crosse: Kaplan University, 2015. ISBN-10: 1-475431-02-3 | ISBN-13: 978-1-475431-02-5. (Please note: Use University Code: NU-CFP at checkout to receive a 10% discount.)

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Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
09/27/17 - 12/06/17 W 6 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 703-705
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 18148