The College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ financial planning program is the best in the country, according to Investopedia, an online resource that provides financial information and analysis.
The FACS financial planning program has surged in popularity since it was launched 10 years ago, owing partly to the “unparalleled hands-on experience for future financial planners,” Investopedia noted.
The program also launched an online master’s degree in financial planning last fall to address the growing demand for financial planners.
“At the university’s own financial planning clinic, called ASPIRE, students have the opportunity to work under the supervision of faculty in providing financial advice to clients from the community,” Investopedia noted in its analysis. “Required community service hours, where students can practice their tax knowledge while preparing returns for low-income families, provide the kind of practical experience that financial institutions ultimately seek in new hires.”
Other schools ranked behind the FACS program in Investopedia’s “The Best Schools for Financial Planning” report were Boston University; The College of Financial Planning in Colorado; Texas Tech and San Diego State University.
“This number one ranking of the UGA financial planning program is a testament to the commitment of our faculty, especially in the area of experiential learning,” said Sheri Worthy, head of the FACS department of financial planning, housing and consumer economics. “Financial planning students get plenty of hands-on experience with income tax preparation in the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, with financial therapy at the ASPIRE Clinic, through internships and with many other activities such as the Financial Planning Challenge.”
John Grable, the Athletic Association Endowed Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences in the FHCE department, credited the department’s students and faculty for the growing list of accolades.
The FHCE financial planning program recently was named a top 10 program by Financial Planning magazine, and a team of three students won the national Financial Planning Challenge competition in late 2013, among other recent accomplishments.
“This ranking is another validation of the great things that are happening in the FHCE department,” Grable said. “We have outstanding undergraduate students and very talented graduate students, and our program’s graduates are making a significant impact in the profession, which is a testament to the great teaching and mentoring that happens every day at UGA.
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