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Financial Planning for Young Adults

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 5-6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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Financial Planning for Young Adults (FPYA), developed in partnership with the CFP Board, is designed to provide an introduction to basic financial planning concepts for young adults. The FPYA course is organized across eight separate modules within a 4-week window. Topics covered include financial goal setting, saving and investing, budgeting, financial risk, borrowing and credit. Because financial planning is such a personal topic, you will be encouraged to define your own financial goals and objectives while we discuss concepts and provide tools which can be applied in helping you reach those goals.

Within each module, you will view a combination of traditional lecture style videos along with video vignettes that introduce financial topics for discussion among participants. The video vignettes provide a unique and exciting component to this course. Each vignette introduces a real-world scenario where financial decisions must be made and financial planning concepts can be applied. You will be challenged to think critically about each scenario and decide how you might come to a resolution if ever faced with a similar situation.

Finally, the course also includes material throughout which is focused on career opportunities in financial planning, including video interviews with actual CFP® professionals and other professionals working in this exciting and growing career area. The final module in the class is devoted to the topic of financial planning as a career.

Taught by

Kathryn Sweedler, Nicholas Paulson and Charles Chaffin

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Salvador A
5.0 3 months ago
by Salvador audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I just finished this course yesterday (excluding the last optional module). What this course does is it walks you through reflecting on your dreams and what's important to you, to setting realistic goals (both short-term and long-term) and how you can go about achieving them. It expounds on why you should do these things while/if time is still on your side, i.e. if you are within the "young adult" category #timevalueofmoney (but people from all ages can find something of value here).

Everything is easily digestible. It introduces you to basic concepts; some formulas were given but you're not required to answer a lot of computation questions involving them (that may either be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your purposes for taking this course). It's perfect for laypersons. Overall, it's a good introduction/overview, esp to people who are just starting out with their adult lives.
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