Consumer Economics & Finance

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Consumer Economics & Finance?

Consumer Economics and Finance is a concentration under Agricultural and Consumer Economics. This concentration helps you develop skills that help consumers with everyday problems. Coursework will teach you the role of consumers in the marketplace. You will learn about consumer economics, personal finance, and economics. You may choose to focus on consumer economics, family economics, or financial planning and counseling. You can apply into this concentration.

Career Options

  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Consumer Investigation
  • Credit counseling
  • Insurance
  • Financial counseling
  • Financial planning
  • Realty

Post-Graduation Success1

92% employed or continuing education

78% employed after graduation

14% attending graduate school

$51,576 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: ALDI, BMO Harris Bank, Uber Technologies View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, Cornell University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Strong social science and business-related coursework and performance
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

74% four-year graduation rate

83% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $14,342
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $37,492


  • Tuition: $33,462
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $56,952


  • Tuition: $34,410
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,900