Certified Financial Planner Certificate

Tuition Costs

The tuition costs for the Certified Financial PlannerTM program vary by program type. Please note that tuition is generally valid until August 31, 2018, however, Northwestern and our partners reserve the right to change tuition at any time.

Tuition by Program

On-Campus Program

  • The total program cost will be approximately $6,465.
  • Students pay on a per course basis

Online Programs

  • The live online program costs between $5,650 to $7,795 depending on options.
  • The self-paced online program costs between $3,195 and $4,795 depending on options.
  • Students must pay for the entire program at time of registration.

Financial Aid

Students in non-degree Professional Development programs are not eligible for U.S. federal loans but may qualify for a private loan to offset tuition charges. Private loan eligibility may vary by lender and student.

In addition to paperwork required by the lender, non-degree Professional Development certificate program students need to complete a one-page University Aid Application for the relevant academic year. Please contact the Chicago Office of Financial Aid for comprehensive information and assistance with the process, and with any questions.

Other types of aid: Northwestern is an approved institution for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, so eligible students may use that scholarship program for Professional Development coursework. Professional Development programs do not qualify for benefits under Workforce Development, the Department of Veteran Affairs or the Department of Defense.

NOTE: Only on-campus CFP courses are eligible for Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. CFP courses taken online are not eligible for Segal AmeriCorps Education Award.

Employer-provided aid: Students who intend to use tuition reimbursement benefits provided through their employer should contact their employer directly to determine eligibility for non-credit-bearing, non-degree coursework before beginning the payment and registration process with Professional Development certificate programs.

Northwestern University employees: Benefits-eligible full-time Northwestern University employees may use Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits for School of Professional Studies non-credit Professional Development certificate programs, upon approval of their Tuition Reimbursement Application. For further assistance, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

NOTE: Only on-campus CFP courses are eligible for Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits. CFP courses taken online are not eligible for Employee Reduced Tuition Benefits.