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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

Undergraduate Program
Ann Coulson, Ph.D., CFP®
Assistant Professor
Family Studies and Human Services
Personal Financial Planning
Kansas State University
314 Justin Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

785-532-5505 fax

Undergraduate Degree Program

StudentsKansas State University’s on-campus Personal Financial Planning undergraduate degree program — offered through the School of Family Studies and Human Services (FSHS) in the College of Human Ecology — can set you on the path to an exciting career in the financial industry. As a student, you will tackle courses in family relationships and decision making, consumer rights, insurance, investments and more. A combined emphasis on understanding financial products and how they work, as well as the role of family in financial decisions, helps you build a solid foundation that prepares you to thrive in this in-demand profession.

The undergraduate program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), meaning you will not only earn your bachelor of science in Family Studies and Human Services with an emphasis in Personal Financial Planning, but become eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. K-State students have a history of success in the exam, with students boasting an above-average pass rate.

Program faculty will guide you through your studies, allowing you to benefit from their years of industry knowledge. In addition, you’ll become part of a program with a tradition of achievement! PFP program students have placed in the top three teams in the National Collegiate Financial Planning Competition (sponsored by Ameriprise Financial, Inc.) in seven of the last twelve years.

What can you do with a career in PFP?

Personal financial planners help families and individuals understand financial products, how they work, and the role of the family in making financial decisions, such as saving for college or retirement. The emphasis on how money management affects families and their futures gives our programs a human dimension — and graduates an edge.

Our program prepares students for careers in industry, banking, retirement planning, estate planning, personnel benefits, real estate, insurance, investments, and consumer affairs. Whether you want to be an investment consultant or a retirement benefits advisor, whether you want to join a corporation or an independent firm, you’ll find challenging work that enables you to change the futures of individuals and families.

Faculty Perspectives

Drs. Martin Seay
and Ann Coulson

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