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Institute of Personal Financial Planning

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Kansas State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience and examination requirements.

Institute of Personal Financial Planning
Kansas State University
307 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5505 fax

Ann Coulson

Ann Coulson

Teaching Associate Professor

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Courses I Teach

  • PFP 105 Introduction to Personal Financial Planning (undergraduate)
  • PFP 472 Personal Income Tax (undergraduate)
  • PFP 760 Retirement Planning (graduate)
  • PFP 764 Estate Planning (graduate)
  • PFP 766 Insurance Planning (graduate)
  • PFP 772 Tax Planning (graduate)
  • PFP 836 Case Studies (graduate)


  • Ph.D. in Human Environmental Science with an emphasis in Family and Consumer Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia (1988)
  • M.S. in Operations Management, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (1980)
  • B.S. in Vocational Home Economics Education, University of Missouri, Columbia (1974)

Short Biography

>Ann Coulson, Ph.D., CFP®, provides guidance and support for students in the Personal Financial Planning undergraduate program. Dr. Coulson was a faculty member at Kansas State University from 1987 to 1996 and received numerous teaching awards during her academic career. She moved to Chicago to become the Director for the Institute for Personal Finance with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). Since returning to Kansas, Dr. Coulson has used her teaching talents in the online graduate certificate program since 2001. She is also instructor, mentor, and advisor to the program's on campus undergraduate students.