College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Consumer Economics & Family Financial Counseling

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According to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 54% of Americans struggle to minimize their debt. You can help change that.

Learn the human side of finance.

This program empowers you to address consumer and financial issues that impact family economic well-being. Through coursework, hands-on experience, and service learning, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of financial literacy, money management, consumer behavior, and counseling practices.

Upon completing your coursework, you will be prepared to earn your Accredited Financial Counselor ® certification. This nationally recognized credential is organized by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, an organization offering valuable resources, networking and professional development opportunities for more than 30 years.

 

Come See For Yourself

To learn more about this program, campus life, and chat with an advisor, schedule a campus visit. Virtual visits may be necessary in some cases. 

 

“A growing body of research indicates that cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues are associated with negative financial management behaviors.”

Dr. Bruce Ross, CEF Assistant Professor

Washington Post, "How to teach your kids about money when you are bad with it yourself"

Courses You Will Take

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Apply for Our Scholarships

In addition to automatic and competitive scholarships from the University of Kentucky, our students are also eligible for a variety of awards from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. With one of the largest college-based scholarship programs, we have awarded more than $3 million over the past four years. These awards are based on a variety of criteria such as hometown, major, career goals, high school extracurriculars, and more. 

For first-semester freshmen, the application deadline was January 31, 2021. The deadline for current students and transfer students has been extended to Monday, March 15 2021. For more information, click here.  

Living Learning Program

Named after UK's first female graduate, Belle C. Gunn, this first-year program is open to all University of Kentucky freshmen.  We seek students who, like Gunn, have passion and determination.  Through field trips, professional development workshops, and service programs, we apply student passions to global issues at the intersection of food, economics, and environment.  All students in this program will also enroll in connected courses, share study groups, and have an assigned peer mentor - all to help with the transition to college life. 

While all students will enjoy the same benefits, some events and projects will be geared toward students' preferences and career goals. Depending on interests, each student will join one of the following tracks: 

  • Food & Health 
  • Family & Community 
  • Nature & Landscapes 
  • Livestock & Equine 

All students participating in our living learning program will live in Woodland Glen IV, one of UK's newest residence halls. To apply, select the "Belle C. Gunn First Year Program" while completing the housing application. For more information, visit our college website.

 

 

International Opportunities

Should you choose, you can gain international experience while earning credit towards your degree. We offer a variety of study, research, intern, and service abroad programs for all budgets and comfort levels. Some students have even earned grants and scholarships to fully fund their international experiences.

These programs are designed to broaden your mind and introduce you to unfamiliar ways of thinking and living. Ultimately, these experiences will make you a more competitive applicant in the global workforce. 

Pre-Med? Pre-Vet? Pre-Law?

Each year, many of our graduates attend professional schools in areas such as veterinary medicine, law, pharmacy, dentistry, and more. If you are interested in pursuing a similar path, we offer pre-professional advising services. 

Our pre-professional advisors will assist you with: 

  • Listing required courses for respective professional schools 
  • Scheduling pre-professional courses alongside your major requirements 
  • Suggesting supplemental coursework 
  • Connections to student organizations, volunteer work, shadowing experiences, etc.
  • Preparatory information for admission tests
  • Navigating the application process

Click here for more information.

Clubs & Organizations

Students can join organizations and clubs to learn outside the classroom, gain valuable work experience and develop their leadership skills. Many of our students may be interested in:

UK MoneyCATS
a team dedicated to promoting financial wellness within the student body

Community & Economic Development Initiative
assist local communities while working alongside passionate faculty and staff

Family Action Council 
encourage and support students in their development as professionals in family sciences

Learn more about Clubs & Organizations in our college.


Imagine Your Future

Personal Financial Advisors

Personal financial advisors provide advice to help individuals manage their finances and plan for their financial future.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$88,890

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

271,700

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

19,100

new jobs (average)


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Loan Officers

Loan officers evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of loan applications for people and businesses.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$63,040

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

316,200

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

24,300

new jobs (average)


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Budget Analysts

Budget analysts help public and private institutions organize their finances.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$76,220

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

56,900

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

2,400

new jobs (average)