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MCC's Financial Counseling program is an AFCPE® Approved Education Program. AFCPE® counseling certification is the most respected in the field of counseling and education. The Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®) is the gold standard. The AFC® provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to assist clients in complex and financial decision making. An AFC® can address immediate money challenges, create a plan to achieve unique goals and dreams, and build a sustainable foundation for long term financial well-being.

Degrees & Certificates Offered

Career Certificate:


Students may use the Financial Counseling Specialist Career Certificate as a pathway to further their Business education in completion of the following Certificates and Degrees:

  • Identify ways to educate clients in sound financial principals
  • Recognize and assist clients in the process of overcoming financial indebtedness
  • Identify and modify client’s ineffective money management behaviors
  • Formulate successful strategies for achieving a client’s financial goals
  • Recognize and support clients as they work through financial challenges and opportunities
  • Formulate and develop new perspectives on the dynamics of money in relation to family, friends, and individuals’ self esteem

Academic Focus Area  (AFA) Business Navigators and Advisors

Additional Information


Course Term(s) Offered

FINA 1200 Personal Finance*

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

FINA 1300 Intro to Investments


FINA 2210 General Principles

Fall, Spring

FINA 2230 Business Finance

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

FINA 2400 Financial Counseling*

Winter, Summer

FINA 2410 Consumer Credit*

Fall, Spring

*Required to take AFC® Exam

Professional Credential

MCC students who complete the required curriculum have an opportunity to sit for a national exam and become an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®). It is anticipated that the demand for these financial professionals will continue to grow given the financial challenges many households are facing today. MCC provides the course work necessary to fulfill the education requirements to become a Accredited Financial Counselor. The Career Certificate in Financial Counseling is a registered program with the Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education®


MCC courses and programs provide educational opportunities to students preparing for various professional credentials awarded by external organizations and entities. Completion of said courses/programs does not guarantee success on exams, tests, or other requirements associated with externally awarded professional credentials. Students who complete MCC courses and/or programs in preparation for said exams, tests, or other requirements associated with externally awarded professional credentials may still want/need to engage in self-study, exam preparation programs, etc., prior to seeking credentialing.

Ashley Peters
AFC®, M.B.A., M.S., B.S.B.A.
MCC Director of Financial Counseling Program
Faculty Finance, Accounting, Business Administration