Profile: Registered with the CFP Board just two years ago, UGA offers in-person degree tracks for undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. candidates, and next year plans to launch online masters and certificate programs. Director John Grable says he made the difficult decision last year to leave Kansas State's program for Georgia in part because of the strong administrative support it enjoys. Located in the Housing and Consumer Economics Department, the program teaches students in an intensively interdisciplinary environment that includes pro bono work in the community. Many local couples going through divorces receive free advice from students, not only from the financial planning program, but also from the law school, and finance and accounting departments (for taxes). As a result, Grable says, graduates gain strong technical and interpersonal skills. Last month, UGA students beat out a team from William Paterson University in a retirement knowledge quiz bowl at a national conference. "They blew everyone away," Grable says. "What's really impressive is their interpersonal skills and that ability to go out and meet with people." The school says that 10 undergraduates and 8 graduate students sat for CFP exams in 2011; their pass rates were 80% and 90%, respectively.
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