Why Join?

Become a CCFS® (Certified College Funding Specialist™)

Answer clients’ questions

As a licensed financial professional, you most likely get a range of college questions from your clients every year, such as:

  • Should I invest in a 529 plan?
  • Do I qualify for financial aid?
  • Should I transfer investments to get more aid?
  • Can you help me with my financial aid forms?
  • Should I shift assets to my children?
  • Should I take out student loans?
  • Should I use my home equity to pay for college?

Help families pay tuition bill

For many families, picking a college is the easy part. The hard part is figuring out how to pay for it. As a CCFS® you will learn the latest strategies covering

  • Taxes
  • Cash flow
  • Mortgages and HELOCs
  • Insurance 
  • Financial aid
  • Tuition discounts
  • Education loans

As a CCFS® you can easily answer these questions by completing our education and training, visiting our learning & library, or by merely accessing the brain-trust of our experts using the online discussion forum. Your membership gives you instant access to the answers you need to thoroughly and accurately support your clients’ questions.

Membership Benefits

Your membership gives you full access to a variety of benefits, such as, CCFS® Study Modules, live training webinars and recordings, access to our member forums, blogs, and the CCFS® Learning Library where you can find the answers your clients are looking for. You'll also receive discounts on many products, including earlybird pricing for our conferences.

College Planning Software

College Planning Software

With our partnership with Answers4College.com you get access to a web-based, state-of-the-art college planning and EFC analysis tool.

Multiple Courses

Multiple Courses

ACCFS offers complete CCFS® Course, ELA™ Course, Continuing Education Courses, Exam, & Completion Certificates.

Learning Library

Learning Library

Complete access to our Learning Library where you can get immediate answers to your client questions 24/7.

Discussion Forum

Discussion Forum

Complete access to our CCFS® advisor discussion Forum area when you can ask direct questions and share ideas.

Advisor Profile

Advisor Profile

Complete Advisor Profile and your advisor profile listed on our "Hire a CCFS®" area of our website.

Webinars & Seminars

Webinars & Seminars

Special event invitations and discounts for - Our Annual Conference, Regional Webinars & Seminars.

Schedule an Appointment

In less than 30 minutes you will learn everything you need to know about becoming a CCFS® (Certified College Funding Specialist™). You will be walked through a tour of Members Area of our website and provided a demonstration of the Answers4College Blueprint™ - College Planning Software. Appointment
CCFS® Designation

The Certified College Funding Specialist™ designation is THE standard of excellence for college financial planning.

The CCFS® certification mark identifies college financial professionals who have met the high standards of competency and ethics established and enforced by the Association of Certified College Funding Specialists.

The Certified College Funding Specialist™ certification course is recognized by FINRA and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) board, allowing continuing education credits for passing the course.

Become A CCFS®

Stand out from other financial service providers.

Our members are the most informed college financial planners in the US and we make sure to provide them with the education, tools, and ongoing support they need to assist families in preparing for the financial cost of sending their children to college.

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