University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Financial Planning for Young Adults
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Financial Planning for Young Adults

Taught in English

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Nicholas Paulson, Ph.D.
Kathryn L. Sweedler
Charles R. Chaffin

Instructors: Nicholas Paulson, Ph.D.


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Beginner level
No prior experience required
20 hours to complete
3 weeks at 6 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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There are 9 modules in this course

What's included

2 videos6 readings2 quizzes1 discussion prompt1 plugin

In this module, you'll explore the "personal" in personal finance, use financial tools to assess where you are currently with your finances, and begin setting goals for where you'd like to be in the future.

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7 videos2 readings1 quiz1 peer review2 discussion prompts

In this module, we will discuss the importance of budgeting in the financial planning and management process, and resources available for cash flow management. Learners will be exposed to the basic process of budgeting, a panel discussion with practicing investment advisors, and a comparative discussion of the more common tools and methods for managing cash flows.

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8 videos1 reading1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

In this module you'll have the opportunity to explore best practices for building a saving habit and discuss barriers to saving. Mental accounting will be introduced and considered in terms of how it can affect saving behavior.

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7 videos2 readings1 quiz1 peer review1 discussion prompt

Understanding why the time value of money is a very important concept -- so important it has its own module!

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1 video1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

The ability to use debt and credit to finance purchases has its advantages and disadvantages. Understanding topics related to loan repayment and how your borrowing and credit use behavior may impact your credit report is critical for being able to have access to debt and credit use in the future.

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11 videos1 reading1 quiz2 discussion prompts

In this module you'll be introduced to investment terms and key investment strategies. This foundation will allow you to better understand investment choices and information that you'll encounter throughout your life.

What's included

7 videos2 readings1 quiz2 discussion prompts

This module covers risk related topics related to insurance, and introduces learners to the concept of personal risk tolerance and how it might impact individualized risk management strategies.

What's included

7 videos2 readings2 quizzes2 discussion prompts

The module provides an overview of the career opportunities in financial planning. You will get to see what it is like to engage and assist people (clients) from a variety of walks-of life. This module is optional in terms of completion of the course certificate. There is no required assignment in this module.

What's included

8 videos2 readings1 quiz1 plugin


Instructor ratings
4.7 (560 ratings)
Nicholas Paulson, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3 Courses148,706 learners
Kathryn L. Sweedler
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1 Course147,674 learners
Charles R. Chaffin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1 Course147,674 learners

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