The CSLP Program - Student Loan Advisor Training For Financial Advisors

The CSLP® program is a online course and designation for financial professionals. The course teaches the skills and knowledge needed to competently advise student loan borrowers about student loan repayment within the context of a comprehensive financial plan. The program includes a comprehensive professional development curriculum, an assessment of learning outcomes, and the administration of a standard examination. It also includes a system to monitor and manage the use of the CSLP® mark.

CSLP Program Content Overview:

  • 46 educational presentations
  • Over 36 hours of audio visual material
  • Over 7 hours of student loan case study scenarios
  • 4 progressively challenging sections of material
  • Comprehension exams after each section
  • Final certification exam and proctor session
  • Optional continuing education and college credits

CSLP Participation

CSLP ® designation is intended for financial professionals providing student loan repayment consulting services. All candidates are subject to a review and verification of their existing credentials and experience. Additional requirements:

  • A minimum of 2 years, verifiable, full-time work in a financial services role such as tax, financial planning, investments:
  • Role include CPA, CFP, ChFC, Registered Investment Advisors, etc.


  • A verified bachelor’s degree in finance or closely related field of study from an accredited college or university.

Credits From Other Organizations

In addition, most state CPA/CFP Boards grant 13 hours of CPE Credits for the 2 semester-long college credits (check state requirements). College and CE Credits are optional and at an additional charge.

College credits are issued through Humboldt State University, a campus of the California State University system.

CSLP Program Modules

The CSLP modules provide information about how to work as an advisor helping clients with individualized approaches to repayment based on present financial status, short and long-term goals, and future earning capacity.

Topics are arranged in 4 primary courses currently containing 46 presentation sections. Additionally, student loan advising case studies illustrate a variety of situations with multiple loan types and financial situations. The program also addresses laws and the qualifications for loan program participation. Each repayment plan (current and those no longer offered but that may be active with clients) is covered in detail to illustrate features, risks, and common concerns that may be applicable to clients.

Comprehensive Training For Financial Advisors

The CSLP program insures that advisors are prepared to provide high quality student loan repayment planning advice. It enables advisors to take a broader view of the client’s personal financial situation, their student loans, and future goals to create an optimal repayment strategy. This approach can facilitate a longer-term relationship between the client and advisor.


The CSLP designation is administered and issued by the Board.

The CSLP program is created and managed by a team of financial, legal and educational professionals

CSLP Program Delivery

The program is delivered through on online learning management system (LMS) and accessible 24/7. Participants can view audio/visual presentations, access a library of document resources, client advising forms, and current news and research. Progress throughout the modules is tracked and reported for easy monitoring by the participant. Selected sections have quizzes to gauge material comprehension.

Course Fees

The CSLP® program fee is currently $1495.00. This includes the initial exam and remote proctor fee. Annual re-certification renewal is $225 and includes the recertification exam. Group discounts for 5 or more advisors are available.


The CSLP is distributed under the accreditation of the WASC and the California State University system in partnership with Humboldt State University.


The first year CSLP exam is a 2 hour, remotely proctored exam consisting of 90 multiple choice questions on the program material. A 70% passing grade is required.

The renewal exam is a non-proctored, open book exam.

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