Financial planning program goes online

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As a way of meeting the needs of students, the Seidman Financial Planning Certificate program at Grand Valley State University is now offered online.

The program consists of six non-credit courses that cover principles of financial planning including insurance, investments, retirement, personal income tax and estate planning. It is open to those who have a bachelor’s degree in any field and knowledge of financial analysis.

Gregg Dimkoff, program director and professor of finance in Grand Valley’s Seidman College of Business, said courses have been held on Saturdays for about 15 years, but that isn’t convenient for many people any more.

“Most students would rather take an online class than meet at night or on Saturdays,” said Dimkoff. “This is especially true for those who are already employed and for those who are working as accountants. There is a trend across the country for more online CFP programs and Grand Valley is meeting that need.”

Dimkoff said more and more students are becoming comfortable with online learning. Grand Valley’s program is compatible with other CFP programs; students who successfully complete the program will be qualified to sit for the CFP Certification Examination.

For more information contact Gregg Dimkoff, at (616) 331-7428.

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Dimkoff said a survey of students 10 years ago showed they wanted Saturday classes, but that has changed (audio).

Dimkoff said more and more students are comfortable with online classes (audio).

Dimkoff said online classes are more convenient for students in the CFP program (audio).

Dimkoff said Grand Valley's program is compatible with other CFP programs (audio).