FCAA Student Loan Certification Program

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Through its Student Loan Training course, FCAA helps individuals who work with student loan debtors understand their options to successfully manage their student loans. This course has just been approved by 'The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards for 11.50 Continuing Education hours.

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"Upon completion of our Student Loan Certification Program, individuals will be able to guide borrowers through the often complex and overwhelming process of evaluating options." - Kevin Weeks, FCAA President

Student loan debt headlines continue to dominate the news. Current student loan debt nationwide exceeds $1.3 trillion, and is growing by the minute.

Through its Student Loan Training, the Financial Counseling Association of America has been helping individuals who work with student loan debtors understand their options to successfully manage their student loans.

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards has just approved FCAA’s student loan training for 11.50 Continuing Education hours. This will enable FCAA to broaden its reach in offering one more tool to the CFP who may need to walk a client through the myriad of student loan repayment options.

This program offers the information needed to understand and apply the various student loan solutions to consumers in need. Each student loan situation has unique circumstances and each solution should be unique to those circumstances,” said Kevin Weeks, president, FCAA. “Upon completion of our Student Loan Certification Program, individuals will be able to guide borrowers through the often complex and overwhelming process of evaluating options.”

Comments from persons who have successfully completed the course include one from a financial planner who has completed the program.

“I’m a financial planner and not very familiar with the student loan space. I found the information overwhelming – so I guess it did its job! At least now I know where to get help. The information was complicated, but that is the nature of student loan counseling. The modules did an excellent job breaking it all down in small pieces that could be comprehended.”

The program is a combination of self study via an on-line four module course and interaction with an instructor. Each module is meant to be completed weekly, with access to the instructor via email as needed throughout the course. The instructor holds a weekly one hour call in session for review and group discussion. Each module has interactive quizzes and a final test is administered at the end of the course to ensure mastery. The program modules are:

  • State of Student Loans
  • Student Loans Types and Programs
  • Real World Application of Student Loan Programs
  • Enrollment in Student Loan Programs

2016 class schedule:

  • March 7, 2016 (weekly calls on March 14, 21, 28, and April 4)
  • April 11, 2016 (weekly calls on April 18 and 25 and May 2 and 9)
  • May 16, 2016 (weekly calls on May 23 and 30 and June 6 and 13)
  • June 20, 2016 (weekly calls on June 27 and July 4, 11 and 18)
  • July 25, 2016 (weekly calls on August 1, 8, 15 and 22)
  • August 29, 2016 (weekly calls on September 5, 12, 19 and 26)
  • October 3, 2016 (weekly calls on October 10, 17, 24 and 31)
  • November 7, 2016 (weekly calls on November 14, 21 and 28 and December 5)
  • December 12, 2016 (weekly calls on December 19 and 26 and January 2 and 9, 2017)

The cost to participate is $299. Class size is limited. The training has been set up in conjunction with FCAA's website studentloancounselors.org. The site was built as a one-stop resource for consumers as well as counselors who are trying to help.

For more information, visit fcaa.org or studentloancounselors.org.

About FCAA: The Financial Counseling Association of America was founded in 1993 as the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. FCAA is a national membership organization established to promote quality and professional delivery of financial counseling services. FCAA and its members are focused on financial education, efficient processes and advanced technology to best serve consumers. FCAA members are independent agencies that advocate for debtors and annually counsel more than 600,000 consumers. Visit http://www.fcaa.org for more information.

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