Family Financial Planning

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Family Financial Planning Certificate prepares students for further graduate work or for work in human services, cooperative extension, the private sector or the public sector and focuses on the subject matter required for the Certified Financial Planner Certification Examination.

Students in the Family Financial Planning program cover a wide area of topics from the fundamentals for family financial planning to estate and retirement planning. This program focuses on the efforts of households to improve their economic well-being through effective use of resources as well as the economic and social systems that enhance or constrain these efforts. It could lead to professional certification by the CFP Board of Standards.

Job opportunities for individuals with CFP certification include:

  • Real estate
  • Tax and estate planning
  • Financial advising
  • Retirement planning
  • Income management
    Employee benefits and compensations

Online and Distance Opportunities

All courses are completed online through Great Plains IDEA, a consortium of 20 universities offering courses and programs in the Human Sciences and Agricultural disciplines.


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Graduate Chair
Dr. Yan Xia

Great Plains IDEA Campus Coordinator
Lisa King
135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0236
Phone: 402-472-7787
Fax: 402-472-9170

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

Application deadline
Fall: June 1; Spring: October 1; Summer: January 15


The graduate certificate program consists of 18 semester credit hours. Unless stated otherwise, all courses are three credit hours and require admission to the Child, Youth and Family Studies graduate program or permission.

  • CYAF 821: Insurance Planning for Families
  • CYAF 823: Estate Planning for Families
  • CYAF 824: Fundamentals of Financial Planning
  • CYAF 828: Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits and the Family
  • CYAF 840: Personal Income Taxation
  • CYAF 883: Investing for the Family's Future

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Family Financial Planning.

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