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Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3-4 hours/week...

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

Orientation

2 videos (Total 4 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
2 videos
Course Overview1m
5 readings
Course Syllabus10m
About the Discussion Forums10m
Social Media10m
Updating Your Profile10m
About the Financial Literacy Quiz Pretest10m
2 practice exercises
Orientation Quiz10m
Financial Literacy Pretest12m
2 hours to complete

Module 1: Setting Financial Goals and Assessing Your Situation

7 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Lecture: Dream Big5m
Vignette: Belize for Spring Break?2m
Lecture: What Influences Our Financial Decisions?11m
Vignette: Education, Retirement, or Fun?3m
Lecture: Where Are You Now?9m
Lecture: Turning Dreams into Goals7m
2 readings
Module 1 Overview10m
Reading: Exploring Money Personalities Further10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1: Financial Goals & Assessing Your Situation Quiz14m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Module 2: Budgeting and Cash Flow Management

8 videos (Total 60 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Lecture: Budgeting Overview14m
Street Interview: How Can You Avoid Overspending?2m
Interview: Investment Advisor Interview7m
Vignette: Creating a Budget2m
Lecture: Financial Services14m
Lecture: Alternatives to Cash14m
Street Interview: What Are the Pros and Cons of Using a Credit Card?2m
1 reading
Module 2 Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2: Budgeting and Cash Flow Management Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Module 3: Saving Strategies

7 videos (Total 40 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Lecture: Why Save Money?8m
Lecture: How to Start Saving Money10m
Vignette: Set a Savings Goal2m
Lecture: Build a Savings Habit5m
Street Interview: What Are Some Barriers to Saving Money?1m
Lecture: Barriers to Saving8m
2 readings
Module 3 Overview10m
Reading: America Saves15m
1 practice exercise
Module 3: Saving Strategies30m
1 hour to complete

Module 4: The Time Value of Money

1 video (Total 14 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
1 reading
Module 4 Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Module 4: Time Value of Money20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Module 5: Borrowing and Credit

11 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
11 videos
Lecture: Borrowing and Credit: Pros and Cons8m
Lecture: Loan Amortization Part One5m
Lecture: Loan Amortization Part Two6m
Lecture: Loan Amortization Part Three5m
Vignette: What Is a Credit Report?2m
Lecture: Credit Reports10m
Lecture: Credit Scores9m
Loan Denial Testimonial: Bad Credit History1m
Loan Denial Testimonial: No Credit History1m
Loan Denial Testimonial: Identity Theft1m
1 reading
Module 5 Overview10m
1 practice exercise
Module 5: Borrowing and Credit20m
2 hours to complete

Module 6: Investing

7 videos (Total 48 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Lecture: Introduction to Investing Terms13m
Lecture: Understanding Investment Risk6m
Street Interview: What Does It Mean to Diversify Investments?1m
Lecture: Diversify Your Investments9m
Vignette: When to Start Saving for Retirement?2m
Lecture: Investing Tips for Young Adults13m
2 readings
Module 6 Overview10m
Building on Your Knowledge10m
1 practice exercise
Module 6 Investing34m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Module 7: Risk Management

7 videos (Total 68 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Street Interview: Why Do You Buy Insurance?1m
Lecture: Insurance Basics21m
Street Interview: What Determines the Cost of Insurance?1m
Lecture: Life Insurance13m
Vignette: Are You Ready for Life Insurance?4m
Lecture: Insurance Risk Panel Discussion15m
2 readings
Module 7 Overview10m
Financial Literacy Quiz5m
2 practice exercises
Post-Test Financial Literacy12m
Risk Management Quiz20m
2 hours to complete

Module 8: Financial Planning as a Career

8 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Lecture: Financial Planning as a Career Part One8m
Mock-Up Video: Middle-Age Couple Meeting with a Financial Planner3m
Mock-Up Video: Young Client Meeting with a Financial Planner3m
Lecture: Financial Planning as a Career Part Two20m
Interview: Interview with a Financial Planner Video One8m
Interview: Interview with a Financial Planner Video Two7m
I Am A CFP® Pro: Campaign Spokepeople2m
2 readings
Module 8 Overview10m
CFPPro.org10m
1 practice exercise
Financial Planning as a Career Quiz10m
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Top reviews from Financial Planning for Young Adults

By LCApr 3rd 2018

Loved this class. Appreciate so much that it was so practical. A basic class, but thorough. Just what I needed.

By BKMay 4th 2018

Great source of knowledge to build a base if you are looking to become a CFP or even just a career in fina

Instructors

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Nicholas Paulson

Associate Professor
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
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Kathryn L. Sweedler

Consumer Economics Educator
University of Illinois Extension
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Charles R. Chaffin

Director of Academic Programs and Initiatives
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

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