Online Financial & Housing Counseling, Graduate Certificate | University of Nebraska

Financial & Housing Counseling, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Financial and Housing Counseling, Graduate Certificate is designed to assist individuals and families with resources and recommendations for solidifying affordable housing options.

Students of this program will:

  • Learn to assess a clients financial situation and identify problem areas.
  • Assist individuals and families in the process of financial decision making.
  • Understand the essential workings of all aspects of the industry in order to help clients make appropriate housing decisions.
  • Recommend appropriate actions that help clients obtain and maintain adequate housing.

The certificate provides the initial educational background that can potentially lead to two possible designations:

  • Accredited Financial Counseling (AFC)
  • Certified Housing Counselor (CHC)

In addition, this program is designed to address the needs of the Military Advancement Academic Program (MAAP), a program that focuses on career needs of military personnel and military spouses.

Career paths may include:

  • Housing Counselor
  • Director, Housing & Community Development
  • Property Manager
  • Fair Housing Counselor
  • Community Association Manager

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  2. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  3. A written personal statement

    Statement of professional goals.

  4. 3 letters of recommendation

  5. Letter of Intent

  6. Curriculum vitae

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
June 1
Spring Semester
October 1
Summer Sessions
January 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 822Financial Counseling3

Course Number: CYAF 822

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission (Distance education course delivered by North Dakota State University.) Theory and research regarding the interactive process between clients and practitioner, including communication techniques, motivation and esteem building, the counseling environment, ethics, and methods of data intake verification and analysis. Legal issues, compensation, uses of technology to identify resources, information management, and current or emerging issues.

CYAF 824Fundamentals of Family Financial Planning3

Course Number: CYAF 824

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission. Issues and concepts related to the overall financial planning process and establishing client-planner relationships. Services provided, documentation required, and client-CFP licensee relationships. Competencies related to gathering of client data, determining goals and expectations, and assessing the client’s financial status. Emerging issues and the role of ethics. (Distance education course delivered by Kansas State University.)

CYAF 825Reading in the Content Area3

Course Number: CYAF 825

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program Basic reading and writing process relating to content literacy including schema theory, comprehension, and second language acquisition. The contribution of content literacy to content material and positive learning environments. Use of a variety of materials including textbooks, literature, Internet resources and media in the content classroom. Assisting diverse students in the use of reading, writing and vocabulary strategies to learn content material.

CYAF 841Housing Real Estate3

Course Number: CYAF 841

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission Distance education course delivered by Iowa State University. The role of housing and real estate in the financial planning process from a theoretical perspective. Taxation, legal aspects, mortgages, and financial calculations related to home ownership and real estate investments. New and emerging issues, as well as the role of ethics in financial planning.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 821Insurance Planning for Families3

Course Number: CYAF 821

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission. Risk management concepts, ethical considerations, tools, and strategies for individuals and families. Life insurance; property and casualty insurance; liability insurance; accident, disability, health, and long-term care insurance; and, government-subsidized programs. Case studies provide experience in selecting appropriate insurance products.

CYAF 823Estate Planning for Families3

Course Number: CYAF 823

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission. Fundamentals of the estate planning process, including estate settlement, estate and gift taxes, property ownership and transfer, and powers of appointment. Tools and techniques used in implementing an effective estate plan, ethical considerations, and new and emerging issues in the field. Case studies provide experience. (Distance education course delivered by Montana State University.)

CYAF 826Military Personal Financial Readiness3

Course Number: CYAF 826

An overview of the topics relevant to the financial planning process including: Unique needs, terminology, benefits, and resources that impact military service members and their families. Status of service member; financial readiness; financial management; recordkeeping; cash flow management; tax management; retirement management; estate management; and special topics management; risk management; credit and debt management; savings, education planning, and investment.

CYAF 828Retirement Planning, Employee Benefits and the Family3

Course Number: CYAF 828

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission. Micro and macro considerations in retirement planning for individuals and families. Various types of retirement plans, ethical consideration in providing retirement planning services, assessing and forecasting financial needs, integration of retirement plans with government benefits, and current research and theory. Case studies provide experience.

CYAF 840Personal Income Taxation3

Course Number: CYAF 840

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission. Income tax practices and procedures including tax regulations, tax return preparation, tax audits, appeals, preparation for an administrative or judicial forum, and ethical considerations. Family/individual case studies provide practice in applying and analyzing information. (Distance education course delivered by Montana State University.)

CYAF 881Family Systems3

Course Number: CYAF 881

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission (Distance education course delivered by North Dakota State University.) Research and theory relative to family functioning throughout the life cycle, especially financial decision making during crisis and conflict. Factors that shape family values, attitudes, and behaviors from a multi-cultural perspective. New and emerging issues critical to family functioning.

CYAF 883Investing for the Family’s Future3

Course Number: CYAF 883

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program. Investment options for families. Common stocks, fixed income securities, convertible securities, and related choices. The relationship between investment options and employee and/or employer benefit plan choices. (Distance education course delivered by Iowa State University.)

CYAF 897BPracticum in Family Financial Planning3-6 cr, max 6

Course Number: CYAF 897B

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission Pass/No Pass only.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1740.00

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