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The Financial and Housing Certificate Program enhances an already existing Master's degree in Family Financial Planning by specifically addressing the needs of the Military Advancement Academic Program (MAAP), a program of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Alliance (GP-IDEA) that focuses on career needs of Military Personnel and Military Spouses. The Certificate provides the initial educational background that can potentially lead to two possible designations: 1)Accredited Financial Counseling (AFC) and 2) Certified Housing Counselor (CHC). Both designations (AFC and CHC) are earned through an examination process offered through the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE).

Distance Education Opportunities

This certificate is completed online.

Financial and Housing Counseling

  • This graduate certificate is offered by the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies.
  • On the Web
    Department Website
  • Department Chair
    Dr. Richard Bischoff
    135 Mabel Lee Hall
    Lincoln, NE 68583-0236
  • Certificate Advisor
    Dr. Jodi Letkiewicz
    252 Mabel Lee Hall
    Lincoln, NE 68588-0236
  • Questions about the application process, deadlines, or status
    Diane Carson
    Clerical Associate
    135 Mabel Lee Hall
    Lincoln, NE 68588-0236
  • Questions about Great Plains IDEA programs
    Lisa King
    Staff Assistant
    135 Mabel Lee Hall
    Lincoln, NE 68588-0236

Application Checklist and Deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by the Department for this Certificate

Application Deadline

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


The Financial and Housing Certificate consists of 18 credit hours. All courses listed below are 3 credit hours.

CYAF 825 - Family Economics
CYAF 822 - Financial Counseling
CYAF 824 - Fundamentals of Financial Planning
CYAF 841 - Housing and Real Estate

An additional two courses (6 credits based on the student's professional goals/career plans) selected from:
CYAF 821 - Insurance Planning for Families
CYAF 823 - Estate Planning
CYAF 826 - Military Personal Financial Readiness
CYAF 828- Retirement Planning
CYAF 840 - Income Taxation
CYAF 881 - Family Systems
CYAF 883 - Investing for the Family's Future
CYAF 897B - Practicum

More Course Information

The Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions, prerequisites, degree program requirements, and more.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors when this course is offered.

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