Why Personal Financial Planning?


Financial Planning at the University of Missouri offers several CFP® Board of Standards registered degree programs and certificates. Learn more about our Undergraduate and Graduate Programs.


Financial Planning at the University of Missouri conducts research to inform households’ daily decisions and contribute to public policy deliberations. Learn more about our Research Program.


Financial Planning at the University of Missouri designs programs to reach out to others and help them achieve financial success. Learn more about our Service Programs.


Financial Planning at the University of Missouri believes a nation is no stronger than its families. Learn more about our Economic Development Program.

Service in the Community

Building Strong Families

Helping families find their strengths, build on those strengths, and learn skills to create stronger families, improve relationships, and increase communication.

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An interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers.

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MU Extension

Using university research and science-based knowledge, University of Missouri Extension works with people to understand change, solve problems and make informed decisions.

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Assisting people through (a) preparation and electronic filing of income tax returns and (b) the provision of financial education to help families maximize their tax refunds. Using the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program

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Top 10 Teen Financial Tips

  1. Education for Income
  2. Compounding Power
  3. Budget Your Money
  4. Establish Good Credit
  5. Emergency Money
  6. Manage Your Risks
  7. Smart Investing
  8. Don’t Forget Taxes
  9. Think Outside Your Box
  10. Believe You Can

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Safeguarding Your Savings

Safeguard Your Savings covers the basics of saving and investing for people of all ages, including getting started, financial markets, making an investment plan, and how to avoid investment fraud.

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What do Professionals say about Personal Financial Planning at Mizzou?

“Quality services and products, careful analysis and technology, valuable as they are, cannot replace the human touch led by the passion of the heart. In fact, everything we rely on is enhanced by it. This Department leads the way.”

– Jim Warren, CFP ®, President Warren Financial Group

“My success in life is due in large part to the Personal Financial Planning Department. A curriculum built around the “real world” truly helps me excel in my profession. I owe sincere thanks and gratitude to the Department.”

– Jim Deutsch, CFP ®, President Smith-Moore and Company