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FCAA Training for Student Loan Counseling a Success: 2016 Class Schedule Announced

2/1/2016 8:22:11 AM -

Student loan debt headlines continue to mount even as consumers continue to struggle with their debt. Since its inception in March 2015, the Financial Counseling Association of America has offered an intensive student loan counseling training course that has been very successful. Eleven Student Loan Certification Program classes were offered in 2015, attended by both FCAA members and non-members. Classes for 2016 are now scheduled.

“This program offers the tools 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, counselors are able to guide borrowers through the often complex and overwhelming process of evaluating options.”

Comments from persons who have successfully completed the course include:

“Wonderful information. I learned a lot.”

“The content was excellent. I found it organized in a very useful way.”

“I’m a financial planner and not very familiar with the student loans 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

The course has been approved for Continuing Education Unit credit through: the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, the Center for Financial Certifications, the Partnership for Financial Education, and the state of South Carolina. Continuing Legal Education credits will be applied for upon request.

2016 class schedule:

  • February 1, 2016 (weekly calls on February 8, 15, 22 and 29)
  • 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 $199 for FCAA members and $299 for non-members. 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.