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Personal Financial Planning

Professional Organizations

Texas Tech University Professional Financial Planning students are encouraged to join professional organizations.  These organizations help students network with professionals in the financial planning field.

Financial Planning Association® (FPA®)

Primary Aim: FPA® is the community that fosters the value of financial planning and advances the financial planning profession.

Who should join: All PFP Students

Benefits: Excellent networking opportunities, members receive Journal of Financial Planning Magazine with membership, students get a discounted registration for conferences, among many others

How to join: Complete the membership online. Click on "Full-Time Student" option

Student membership price: $24 (compared to $450 of the professional member price)

FPA Website

The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

Organizational mission: To promote the public interest by advancing the financial planning profession and supporting our members consistent with our core values.

Who should join: Students interested in fee only planning

Benefits: Professional networking and development opportunities

How to join: Complete the membership application

Student membership price: $35 for full-time student pursuing a degree/designation that will lead to a financial planning career

NAPFA Website

Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP)

Organizational mission: We are committed to: empowering networks that create a professional home identified by a set of core values, beliefs and the opportunity for learning and growth; providing continuing education that is comprehensive, current and practical and which extends the wisdom within our membership; recognizing as members those who abide by our Code of Professional Responsibility.

Who should join: All PFP Students

Benefits: Subscription to Journal of Financial Services Professionals, professional networking opportunities, continuing education programs, among many others.

How to join: Complete the membership application

Student membership price: $33 (compared to $263 for a professional member price)

FSP Website

Academy of Financial Services (AFS)

Organizational mission: The primary objectives and purposes of this organization shall be to: encourage basic and applied research in the area of personal financial planning and financial services; encourage the development of the curricula in the financial services field at the university level; and encourage interaction between financial service professionals and academicians.

Who should join: Doctoral students

Benefits: Network with other researchers, present papers and receive feedback on research

How to join: Complete the membership application

Student membership price: $40 (compared to $75 for a professional member price)

AFS Website

Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE)

Organizational mission: AFCPE is the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education.  We’re a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to educating, training, and certifying financial counselors and educators.

Who should join: Students interested in financial counseling and education

Benefits: quarterly newsletter, semi-annual research journal and a discounted price to the annual conference. In addition, AFCPE membership provides a strong network of colleagues in research, education, and practice.

How to join: Complete the student member application

Student membership price: $35 (compared to $125 for a professional member price)

AFCPE Website

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