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  • How does this program work?

    Our program is offered 100% online, so you can study anytime, anywhere!

    The faculty in the family financial planning program work collaboratively across seven partner universities, providing diverse perspectives on the field, which will provide you with unique experiences you couldn’t get when taking classes from just one university.

    Learn more about how this program works within the alliance.

  • How do I know which university to choose as my home university?

    There is a lot to consider when choosing your home university.  We've compiled some helpful information in the FFP Student Handbook.

  • Should I take courses in any particular order?

    The program is very flexible. A sequential order of courses is recommended, but not required. However, it is helpful to take Fundamentals for Family Financial Planning, Insurance Planning for Families, and Personal Income Taxation early in the program and Financial Planning Case Studies (capstone course) near the end.


    We recommend you take courses in the following sequence:

    Core Courses:

    • 1.  Fundamentals for Family Financial Planning: While not all programs require Fundamentals, it should be taken if you do not have a background in this field. In addition, if you are interested in sitting for AFC accreditation, you will need this course in order to do so. Fundamentals should not be taken concurrently with other core courses.
    • 2.  Insurance Planning for Families
    • 3.  Personal Income Taxation
    • 4.  Investing for the Family's Future
    • 5.  Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits, and the Family
    • 6.  Estate Planning for Families
    • 7.  Financial Planning Case Studies: All other core courses must be completed prior to enrolling in Case Studies.

    Electives

    • 1.  Financial Counseling
    • 2.  Financial Theory & Research I
    • 3.  Military Personal Finance
    • 4.  Housing/Real Estate
    • 5.  Professional Practices in FFP: Should be taken towards the end of the program.
    • 6.  Practicum: Should be taken towards the end of the program.
  • How many credit hours should I take in one semester?

    Full-time students may typically take 9 credits of coursework in a semester. If working full-time, the reasonable credit load is 3 to 6 credits.

  • I want to take the CFP® certification exam. Which degree or certificate should I complete?

     

    Hours

    CFP

    AFC

    Master’s Degree

    36

    X

    X

    Financial Planning Certificate

    18

    X

     

    Financial Counseling Certificate

    18

     

    X

  • I want to take the AFC® certification exam. Which degree or certificate should I complete?

     

    Hours

    CFP

    AFC

    Master’s Degree

    36

    X

    X

    Financial Planning Certificate

    18

    X

     

    Financial Counseling Certificate

    18

     

    X

  • What will the title be on my actual degree or certificate when I graduate?

    Master’s Degree titles vary by university:

    • Iowa State University – Master of Family and Consumer Sciences: Family Financial Planning
    • Montana State University – Master of Science in Health and Human Development
    • North Dakota State University – Master of Science in Human Development and Family Science: Family Financial Planning  
    • Oklahoma State University – Master of Science in Human Environmental Sciences
    • South Dakota State University – Master of Science
    • University of Missouri – Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning
    • University of Nebraska – Master of Science

    Graduate certificate titles vary by university and five of the participating seven universities offer graduate certificate:

     

    Certificate in Family

    Financial Planning

    Certificate in Financial Counseling

    Iowa State University

    Family Financial Planning Certificate

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    North Dakota State University

    Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning 

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    South Dakota State University

    Family Financial Planning Certificate

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    University of Missouri

    Graduate Certificate in Personal Financial Planning

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    University of Nebraska

    Family Financial Planning Certificate

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