Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long is the program?

We offer two separate cohorts start dates each year - April and September. Each cohort will run for nine (9) months ending in May and December respectively.

What is the program format?

The program is delivered 100% in person on the Duquesne University campus conducted Friday evenings 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 8.45 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Quizzes and exams are completed online. The cohort calendar is established to run every other weekend in this format with exceptions due to University or National holidays and to meet CFP Board verification deadlines.

What is the time commitment required for study outside of the classroom?

There is a significant amount of time and effort required to participate in this program. There is no formula to provide an exact amount of time but estimates and anecdotal evidence suggests approximately 7-10 hours per week hours per week in addition to the class time. Another suggested formula is for every hour in the classroom, you should spend two outside – one in preparation and one in review.

How much is the program tuition and related financial concerns?

Tuition for our program is $5,295 plus books and materials (books are not included in the tuition and are purchased by the student directly from Kaplan Financial. Duquesne University does not sell the books).

  • Payment must be paid in full before the first class and by established deadlines unless you enroll in the University approved payment plan. This payment plan option carries a sign-up fee and an interest charge for the subsequent two monthly payments.
  • There is no University or Federal Financial Aid available for this program.
  • This program is considered non-credit and part-time and will not qualify for loan deferrals while enrolled.
  • There is no third party or corporate billing. If an employer is willing to cost share or cover a portion or all of the tuition, the student will need to make arrangements for payment in full by the deadline with his/her employer. Tuition invoices will be made directly to the student only.
  • Students should evaluate their own financial means for payment before applying.
  • Related expenses not covered in tuition might include: campus or nearby parking costs, food and beverages, transportation expenses, financial calculator, internet access device for required online assessments (quizzes, case studies, final exams).

Is this program approved?

  • This program is a registered and approved program by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. which owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Insurance Department to award continuing education insurance credits in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Continuing Education Program. (There are fees for this.)
  • GI Bill or VA education benefits; please contact us for more information about this opportunity.

What are my professional and job prospects?

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