Personal Financial Planning

K-State’s Personal Financial Planning program is nationally recognized as one of 10 standout schools in the U.S. and as one of 25 great schools for future financial planners (

K-State undergraduate students compete annually in the national financial planning challenge. Students have demonstrated great success by winning five times, more than any other university.

K-State’s Personal Financial Planning program is registered with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. (CFP Board), providing graduates with eligibility to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. The CFP® designation is the gold standard in financial planning and is the most recognizable designation in the profession.

Students take courses in general personal finance, insurance, taxes, investments, retirement planning, and estate planning. Furthermore, students take coursework to develop skills to connect with clients. Curriculum is rounded out with several business and economics courses to provide an understanding of the financial and economic world in which consumers reside. A final capstone course integrates all financial planning content and provides experience writing and presenting a financial plan.

The degree is both incredibly valuable and employable, as graduates find placement in comprehensive or small financial planning practices, insurance, investments, retirement planning, as well as in banks, trust departments, and Cooperative Extension. There is a real need for financial planners in our society as people strive to manage their money and reach their financial goals, providing tremendous growth projections for the field!

For more information, visit the Institute of Personal Financial Planning or contact Dr. Ann Coulson, CFP® at or (785) 532-1482 or Dr. Sonya Britt, CFP® at or (785) 532-3541.

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College of Human Ecology
Kansas State University
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Manhattan, Kansas 66506
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