Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid
As you begin the path to CFP® certification, you may have questions about how to finance your coursework. We can help with some financial resources and opportunities.
"Thank you to Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation for taking a chance on me and for empowering me to pursue a passion for helping people in a uniquely qualified way."
— Mary Chapman, CFP®, 2017 Diesslin Scholar
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.
These scholarships are supported by the generous donations of sponsors and donors who realize the benefit of creating a more diverse and sustainable financial planning profession. Each scholarship has different requirements, application processes and deadlines to follow in order to be eligible for consideration.
In addition, we are pleased to provide 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.
Scholarships are awarded to qualified individuals seeking to complete the requirements for CFP® certification who can demonstrate financial need and are from underrepresented populations within the financial planning profession in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation.
Scholarships are available for individuals seeking CFP® certification, who can demonstrate financial need and are from underrepresented populations within the financial services profession in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and/or disability.
Scholarships are offered to qualified individuals who can demonstrate financial need and are from underrepresented populations within the financial planning profession.
The California Lutheran University Financial Planning Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified individuals seeking to complete California Lutheran University's online Master of Business Administration (MBA) or online Master of Science (MS) degree in Financial Planning.
The Dalton Education CFP® Exam Review Scholarship covers the full cost of the CFP® exam review course provided by Dalton Education.
The Facet Wealth Scholarship for Increased Diversity in Financial Planning provides financial assistance for the education required to obtain the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL™ certification.
Scholarships are available to students in the Southeast United States seeking to complete the education coursework at an undergraduate or certificate-level CFP Board Registered program.
Scholarships are available for students from underrepresented communities AND/OR those with a financial need who are seeking to complete a certificate- or undergraduate-level CFP Board Registered program that would qualify them to sit for the CFP® exam.
This scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified individuals who identify as Black or African American and/or Hispanic or Latino and who strive to obtain the CFP® certification.
This program offers scholarships covering the full cost of the College’s Premium CFP® Exam Prep Review that supports candidates taking the CFP® exam.
Information on scholarship programs from third-party organizations that assist qualified individuals with attaining CFP® certification.
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Colleges and universities with CFP Board Registered Programs in financial planning also offer scholarship programs. Remember to inquire within the institution about the assistance they can provide as you explore financial planning programs.
Additionally, many financial services firms value and support CFP® certification. They often encourage their employees to become certified and will offer reimbursement for coursework related to achieving CFP® certification. We encourage you to explore what support your firm offers.
If you are a military veteran, you can explore options such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for a CFP® certification program.
Doing some research into scholarship or reimbursement options can help you in planning how to approach the financing of your coursework for CFP® certification.
Since the launch of our first scholarship program in 2016, the Center has awarded 180 scholarships totaling over $800,000 to aspiring CFP® professionals. To date, 17 scholars have become CFP® professionals and 58 others are in the final stages of certification.
These scholarships make a meaningful impact on each recipient's educational and professional journey. Several scholars recently shared their personal stories with the Center, explaining what their scholarship meant to them and why they decided to become a CFP® professional.Read Our Scholar Stories
Start your journey to CFP® Certification
- Track your progress with the CFP® Certification Tracker
- Post your resume at the Career Center
- Connect with a mentor who can guide you
- Register and prepare for the exam
- Find career and financial support
- Connect with other candidates at our online forum