The tuition costs for the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Certification Education Program vary by program type. Please note that tuition is generally valid through August 31, 2025, however, Northwestern and our partners reserve the right to change tuition at any time.

Tuition by Program

On-Campus Program

Online Programs Through Dalton Education

Financial Aid

Employer-provided aid: Many companies and organizations have designated funds that their employees can use for educational or professional development training tuition payment or reimbursement. Students who intend to use tuition reimbursement benefits provided through their employer for a Professional Development course or certificate program should contact their employer directly to determine eligibility for non-credit-bearing, non-degree coursework before beginning the payment and registration process with Northwestern. 

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.

Northwestern University employees are responsible for (1) confirming their eligibility for Northwestern employee tuition benefits, (2) submitting the correct Tuition Benefit Application and (3) confirming that the benefit has been applied to their student account in CAESAR. Per Northwestern University HR policy, employees must submit a completed application no later than December 15 in the same calendar year for which the benefit is being requested. Employees who do not submit a Tuition Benefit Application by the stated deadline will be responsible for paying the full cost of tuition.

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.

Other types of aid: 

CFP® Scholarship Programs - The CFP Board Center for Financial Planning administers scholarship programs that assist aspiring CFP® professionals with completing the education and exam requirements for CFP® certification. In addition, this site provides a clearinghouse of third-party scholarships offered across the financial planning profession to make it easy for aspiring CFP® professionals to find and take advantage of programs for which they are eligible.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award - Northwestern University is an approved institution for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. Eligible students may apply Award funds to Professional Development course tuition. Please contact the Office of Professional Development for more information. 

Professional Development programs do not qualify for benefits under Workforce Development, the Department of Veteran Affairs, or the Department of Defense. 

Loans: 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.

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