National Institute of Certified College Planners

Membership has its advantages...

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

Certification Program

Since 2002, the CCPS™ designation is the ONLY college financial planning accreditation in the financial industry. It is recognized by both the Certified Financial Planner CFP® Board of Standards and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants CPA® Board of Standards for continuing education credit.

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Tools & Resources

The NICCP provides all our members, whether certified or not, with online education, live training events, best business practices, client strategies, software, sample forms, discussion boards and support; all the tools they need to assist families in preparing for the financial cost of sending children to college.

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Join our mailing list

Non-members can stay informed on upcoming news and events. We’ll even drop in a few timely tips, advice and strategies for helping college bound families faced with the daunting tasks of paying for college.

Have questions about college?

Find all your answers for college by
visiting our parent and student website

No more searching dozens of websites. Get all your financial and academic questions answered by the nations leading Certified College Planning Specialists, CPAs, and licensed financial professionals.


Only a CCPS Can Answer Your Money Questions

College almost always boils down to costs and what is the best way to fund college. A CCPS is the only certified and licensed advisor that can answer your financial questions as they relate to college.

Stand out from other financial service providers.

Our members are the most informed college financial planners on the planet! And the NICCP makes sure to provide them with the education, tools, and ongoing support they need to assist families in preparing for the financial cost of sending children to college.

How to Become a CCPS™

We have the only college financial planning certification in the financial industry and it’s recognized by both the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) board and Certified Public Accountant (CPA®) board. 

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Our webinars, teleconferences, seminars and conferences provide a broad range of college financial planning concepts and those specialized strategies that you need to WOW your client and be truly effective in college financial planning.

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Client Strategies

Your clients have college-related questions all the time, like investing in 529 plans, qualifying for financial aid, shifting assets, refinancing mortgages, or taking out loans. The NICCP provides proven strategies for financial aid, taxes, cash flow, investments, mortgages, and loans.

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Tools & Resources

We give you all the tools and resources you need to help your clients efficiently plan for college and pay their tuition bill. Get access to all our software tools, marketing collateral, training modules, planning concepts, and presentation materials you need to help your clients.

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Gain quick access to our most popular member areas.

Share ideas with other advisors, find answers in our learning library, register for an event, or read up on the latest in college financial planning.

Our Mission...

The National Institute of Certified College Planners educates, trains, certifies, and promotes our member CPAs, Enrolled Agents, CFPs, Registered Investment Advisors, Wealth & Retirement Planners, Financial Advisors, Lenders and other licensed financial professionals as the only advisors qualified to give advice on the financial aspects of paying for college and licensed to offer specific financial products and services that can be used to fund college.


While there are college counselors that deal with the general issues of preparing for college, such as admissions, ACT/SAT prep, essay writing, college selection, and financial aid; our members are licensed financial consultants qualified to share prudent tax, financial, cash flow,and lending advice that can help families lower the cost of college and pay the tuition bill.

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