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​​​The Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), Ameriprise Financial and CFP Board are pleased to host the 2014 Financial Planning Challenge. 







This distinctive competition is designed exclusively for undergraduate degree programs registered with CFP Board. In this challenge, teams compete to advance through three phases:

Written Financial Planning Case Study

Financial Planning Case Study Presentation

"How Do You Know?" Challenge, a game-show style financial planning knowledge contest

In the first phase of the competition all student teams will be given profiles for two hypothetical clients and must prepare a comprehensive financial plan.

After the first phase is judged and awarded, the top eight teams will advance to the next phases of the competition to be held in conjunction with FPA BE: Seattle 2014, September 20-22, 2014.

All teams must orally present their case studies to a panel of judges and participate in the "How Do You Know?" Challenge.

The top three winning teams will be awarded a monetary scholarship for their school.​

Judges will be selected by each presenting organization and will assess student teams on demonstrating the CFP Board Financial Plan Development Course requirement.


Congratulations to the 2014 Finalists:

First Place: University of Akron

Second Place: Utah Valley University

Third Place: William Paterson University


 Congratulations to all 2014 Participants:

  • Kansas State
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Akron
  • University of Georgia
  • Utah Valley University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Western Carolina University
  • William Paterson University


  • ​Teams may consist of up to three undergraduate students. Students may not participate in more than one team.

  • All participating students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program registered with CFP Board as of the Phase 1 Written Case submission deadline, May 15.

  • Students considered graduate students by their school may not participate.

  • Each team must be represented by an Academic Advisor.

  • Students are prohibited from seeking advice from professionals or from persons not participating in the challenge.

  • Limit to one team per school.

  • Submit your team's application. ​


2014 Competition Materials

Financial Planning Challenge 2014 Guidelines

Phase 1: Written Financial Planning Case Study​

Phase 1: Case Grading Rubric​

Phase 2: Financial Planning Case Study Presentation Guidelines

Phase 2: Case Grading Rubric


FPC 2013

View the FPC 2013 Phase 2 Case Study Presentations

View the FPC 2013 Phase 3 “How Do You Know?” Challenge

2013 Written Financial Planning Case Study