Financial Housing Counseling

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


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).

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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Dr. Richard Bischoff
135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0236

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Kelsey Sims
Office Associate
135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0236

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Lisa King
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135 Mabel Lee Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0236

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



An additional two courses (6 credits based on the student's professional goals/career plans) selected from:

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: Child, Youth, and Family Studies.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Jason Cruise.