Financial Planning

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Financial Planning?

This Agricultural and Consumer Economics concentration will teach you how finance applies to individuals, households, and businesses. You’ll also learn about:

  • Saving and investing
  • Retirement and estate planning
  • Credit management
  • Insurance
  • Risk-management strategies

You will gain real-world experience through internships with financial planning firms. You’ll be able to give personal financial advice to help individuals and small companies achieve their financial goals. You can apply into this concentration.

Career Options

  • Banking
  • Brokerage
  • Claims agent
  • Consumer investigation
  • Credit counseling
  • Financial planning
  • Insurance
  • Investment advising
  • Underwriting

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: Farm Credit Illinois, Vanguard, AXA Advisors 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