Inside 25 Great Financial Planning Schools

25 Great Financial Planning Schools 25 Great Financial Planning Schools

Four years after the credit crisis threatened to topple the entire American economy, regulatory authorities like the SEC and FINRA have limited the freedom of numerous financial institutions in terms of capital requirements and how they distribute that capital. As a result, preservation of personal finance is as important as it ever has been, and yet the financial planning profession does not receive as much attention as it probably should.


In the November issue cover story , FP senior editor Ann Marsh takes a look at 25 of the nationís top financial planning schools where planners are educated and prepared to serve a growing clientele.


Here is a list of the 25 schools mentioned in the cover story.

AMERICAN COLLEGE AMERICAN COLLEGE

Bryn Mawr, Pa.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): Undergraduate certificate, master's

Enrollment: 30,000 (mostly online) in all finance courses

Faculty:19 full-time, 10 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: Not avail.

Tuition: $4,645

FPA student chapter: No

CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): certificate, MBA

Enrollment:170 online, 18 in person

Faculty: 4 full-time, 12 expert, 14 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 20:1

Tuition: For MBA, $745 per credit unit (the MBA consists of 48 credit units, for a total cost of $35,760); for certificate, $550 per credit unit (the certificate consists of 24 credit units, for a total cost of $13,200).

FPA student chapter: No

COLLEGE FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING COLLEGE FOR FINANCIAL PLANNING

Greenwood Village, Colo.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): M.S. financial planning, personal financial planning certificate, CFP certification program

Enrollment:30,000 in all programs, including 4,200 in the CFP program and 130 in the master's in financial planning program

Faculty: 15 full-time, 20 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: For master's program, 9:1; varies for online courses

Tuition: For M.S. in financial planning, $380 per 1-hour credit; for personal financial planning certificate, $1,140 per 3-hour credit; for CFP certification program, $4,485.

FPA student chapter: No

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY

Manhattan, Kan.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): Undergraduate, master's, Ph.D. and graduate certificate

Enrollment: 40 undergrads, 40 certificate, 40 master's, 33 Ph.D.s.

Faculty: 5 full-time, 5 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Tuition: For an undergraduate (3-credit) course, $805 for a Kansas resident, $2,015 for out-of-state student; for an M.S. course, $1,455; for a Ph.D. course, $1,530; for a graduate certificate, $1,455 per course or $5,828 up front for the entire program.

FPA student chapter: Yes

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

Columbia, Mo.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 2 online (M.S. and certificate, through Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance membership); 7 on site (B.S. in human environmental sciences with an emphasis in personal financial planning, M.S. or Ph.D. in personal financial planning, post-baccalaureate certificate; PFP minor with an agricultural economics B.S., PFP minor with a finance B.S. or B.A, and PFP M.S. with a law degree)

Enrollment: 191

Faculty: 3 full-time, 2 non-tenure track, 3 extension, 1 tenure track opening, 3 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 48:1 tenure-track faculty, 33:1 including non- regular faculty

Tuition: For an online course, $485 per graduate credit hour (a certificate requires 18 hours and an M.S. requires 42 hours). For classroom courses, Missouri residents seeking an M.S. pay $269.40 per credit hour with $411.34 in other fees; nonresidents seeking an M.S. pay $470.30 per credit hour with $411.34 in fees; for a resident B.S. (14hours per semester) $9,272; for a nonresident B.S., $22,440.

FPA student chapter: Yes

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

San Diego, CA.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): B.S. in financial services with a certificate in personal financial planning; M.S. in financial and tax planning, executive financial planning advanced certificate

Enrollment: 115 in bachelor's, 16 in master's, 22 in executive

Faculty:15 for bachelor's and master's programs; 5 for executive

Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1

Tuition: For a California resident seeking a bachelor's degree, $3,538 per semester; nonresident bachelor's, $9,118 per semester. For a California resident master's, $3,952 to $7,567 per semester (depending on course load); nonresident master's, $6,184 to $12,031 per semester. For an executive certificate, $7,416 for the complete program.

FPA student chapter: Yes

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Lubbock, TX

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 11, ranging from undergraduate to Ph.D., including minors and dual graduate degrees in financial planning and business or law, and one certificate

Enrollment: 100 PFP undergraduate majors, 60 undergraduate minors (studies in personal finance), 90 PFP master's students (including dual-degree law, dual-degree MBA, and dual-degree finance majors), and 33 PFP Ph.D. students

Faculty:12 full-time, 2 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:3 for the PFP major courses

Tuition: Texas-resident undergraduates (12 hours) $3,760 per semester, out-of-state undergraduates $4,471 per semester, Texas-resident graduate students (12 hours) $4,359 per semester, out-of-state graduate students $8,570 per semester.

FPA student chapter: No

WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY WILLIAM PATERSON UNIVERSITY

Wayne, NJ

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): B.S. in financial planning and an accelerated certificate program

Enrollment: 50 full-time majors, 32 full-time minors; 5 in the certificate program

Faculty: 2 full-time, 9 adjuncts

Student-to-faculty ratio: 25:1

Tuition: For a New Jersey resident $5,847 per year; for an out-of-state resident $9,547

FPA student chapter: Yes

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Waco, Texas

CFP Board-registered programs: Bachelor of business administration financial planning major

Enrollment: 20

Faculty:2

Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1

Tuition: $30,600 a year

FPA student chapter: No

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE

Northridge, Calif.

CFP Board-registered programs:B.S. in finance with a sequence in personal financial planning and B.S. in business administration with an option in insurance and financial services and a sequence in personal financial planning

Enrollment: 40

Faculty:4 full-time, 2 adjuncts

Student-to-faculty ratio: 7:1

Tuition: For California residents $2,247, for out-of-state residents $4,479.

FPA student chapter: No

CLEMSON UNIVERSITY CLEMSON UNIVERSITY

Clemson, S.C.

CFP Board-registered programs:B.S. in financial management with a concentration in financial planning

Enrollment:About 20

Faculty: 5 full-time

Student-to-faculty ratio: 4:1

Tuition: For South Carolina residents $21,726, for out-of-state residents $38,370.

FPA student chapter: No

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA

Athens, Ga.

CFP Board-registered programs: B.S. degree 75 students, master's degree 10 students, Ph.D. 5 students. An online M.S. degree will be offered in 2013.

Faculty: 4 full time, 1 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1 for undergraduate; 3:1 for graduate

Tuition: Undergraduate $9,842 per academic year, full-time; graduate $3,795 per semester, full-time.

FPA student chapter: Student Financial Planning Association

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Champaign, Ill.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 1 undergraduate

Enrollment: 76

Faculty: 30 full-time (in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1 in the classroom

Tuition: For Illinois residents $5,818 per semester, $12,889 per semester for nonresidents

FPA student chapter: Yes

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY

Baton Rouge, La.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): B.S. in finance with financial planning specialization is up and running; the school has also registered an M.S. in finance with financial planning specialization and is applying for CFP Board registration of an MBA program.

Enrollment:25

Faculty:30

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1

Tuition: For Louisiana residents $3,498 per semester, $11,136 per semester for nonresidents.

FPA student chapter: No

PURDUE UNIVERSITY PURDUE UNIVERSITY

West Lafayette, Ind.

CFP Board-registered programs: Undergraduate and Ph.D. programs, online program coming soon

Enrollment: More than 300

Faculty:About 15 full-time and 1 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 20:1

Tuition: For Indiana residents, $20,000 a year, including room and board, food and other expenses; $40,000 a year for nonresidents.

FPA student chapter: No

UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

Orem, Utah

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): B.S. in financial planning

Enrollment:68

Faculty:2 full-time, 6 from other departments, 2 to 3 adjuncts

Student-to-faculty ratio: 6:1 (including full-time and adjuncts)

Tuition: For Utah residents $2,400 per semester, $6,800 for nonresidents.

FPA student chapter: Yes

VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY VIRGINIA TECH UNIVERSITY

Blacksburg, Va.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): B.S. applied economic management, B.S. finance

Enrollment: 155 combined

Faculty:6 full-time, 2 adjuncts

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1

Tuition: For Virginia residents $4,593 per semester, $11,787 per semester for nonresidents.

FPA student chapter: Yes

BOSTON UNIVERSITY BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Boston, MA

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 2 certificate programs, 1 online and 1 in person.

Enrollment: 1,250 online, 155 in person

Faculty:23 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 22:1

Tuition: $5,295 for an online accelerated program, $3,495 for online self-pace and $7,360 for a classroom program that includes a review/exam preparation course.

FPA student chapter: Yes

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

Chicago, IL

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 9-credit certificate program offered both online and in person

Enrollment: 150 to 200

Faculty:13 adjuncts

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1 at the downtown campus, 6:1 at the suburban campus

Tuition: $5,400

FPA student chapter: No

FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON UNIVERSITY

Teaneck, N.J.

CFP Board-registered programs: Financial planning certificate course

Enrollment: More than 200 a year

Faculty: About 100 part-time adjuncts in multiple locations

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1 in the classroom

Tuition: $5,995

FPA student chapter: No

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

Gainesville, Fla.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 3 in total: online certificate program, in-class certificate aimed at students also completing an undergraduate degree and in-class certificate for master's or doctoral students

Enrollment: 15 undergraduate, 5 graduate

Faculty: 2 full-time, 1 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 5:1

Tuition: Undergraduate certificate is $3,000, graduate-level certificate and online certificate are both $9,750

FPA student chapter: Forming

KAPLAN UNIVERSITY KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

Online with classrooms in New York and San Francisco, as well as several private corporate programs

CFP Board-registered programs: 3 in total: Self-paced and accelerated online programs, plus in-person classes at 12 U.S. universities

Enrollment: Not available

Faculty:7 full-time, 20 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: Not available

Tuition: Accelerated virtual or traditional classroom $5,599, including a review course; self-study $4,043.

FPA student chapter: Kaplan is an institutional member of the FPA

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

New York, NY

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 1 certificate

Enrollment: 729 combined

Faculty:8 (all adjuncts)

Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1 in classroom

Tuition: $5,540 for traditional classroom program, $5,650-$7,500 for a "live" online course, $2,495-$4,295 for self-paced online

FPA student chapter: No

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Chicago and Evanston, Ill.

CFP Board-registered programs (online and in person): 2 online and 2 classroom certificate programs

Enrollment: Almost 240 online, 90 classroom

Faculty: 20 adjunct

Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1 overall

Tuition: $5,545-$6,050 for classroom program, $5,600-$7,500 for online live, $2,495-$4,295 for self-paced online program

FPA student chapter: No

UCLA UCLA

Los Angeles, CA

CFP Board-registered programs: traditional evening/online program and accelerated hybrid

Enrollment: 250 to 300

Faculty:20 adjunct instructors

Student-to-faculty ratio: 20:1 for traditional evening/online, 15:1 for accelerated hybrid

Tuition: $4,287 to $4,750 for certificates, depending on options; $1,000 for CFP exam review

FPA student chapter: Yes