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A Guide To Professional Designations in the College Planning Industry


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Even for parents with a working knowledge of the various college savings accounts, putting your plans into action can still feel overwhelming. Hiring a trusted professional can take a lot of the pressure off parents who are already managing busy lives.

But choosing a professional can feel like an equally daunting and confusing task. There are a lot of people who claim to be experts, many of whom have official sounding designations after their names. There are also a lot of horror stories about parents getting scammed out of hundreds or thousands of dollars by professionals who did not perform as advertised.

Here’s a primer on some of the more credible designations you may want to consider if you’re shopping for help:

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