Texas A&M Financial Planning Program

Texas A&M financial programCOLLEGE STATION – The USAA Educational Foundation and the Texas A&M University Financial Planning Program are joining forces to launch a first-of-its-kind financial readiness program. Open to all students and targeted specifically to the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, this program is designed to help future military leaders make sound financial decisions and prepare them to counsel others about financial decisions. The curriculum consists of a three-credit hour course, and seeks to set the standard for financial readiness in educational institutions across the country.

Command Your Finances Courses

The Command Your Finances courses are designed to develop, teach and empower financial leadership among students at Texas A&M who could potentially become military officers,” said Dr. Nathan Harness, director of financial planning at Texas A&M, College Station. “We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with The USAA Educational Foundation on a program to prepare students for leadership roles in the military and in financial planning.

Harness believes the program will ultimately prepare Corps of Cadets members for sound financial readiness well before graduation and help them establish themselves as financially savvy leaders when they enter military service.

“So many people think about retirement only 10 years or so before they are ready to retire,” he said. “Someone who is 21 years old is typically not thinking about stocks or bonds, and might not even know what stocks and bonds are. This program will supply them with the knowledge, plus enable them to apply that knowledge to mentor other A&M students so that they may someday go out and teach others about financial readiness.”


The Texas A&M Financial Planning Program is a flexible program that provides a comprehensive curriculum serving current undergraduate and graduate students, former students and working professionals.

The program is registered with the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER Board of Standards and students who complete a CFP Board-registered program are eligible to take the CFP® Certification Examination.

Courses are offered online and through traditional classroom delivery. A team teaching concept involving practitioners and academics brings a unique mix of conceptual frameworks, practical knowledge, application, and rigor to students’ learning experiences. The overall focus is problem solving, applying financial planning principles to real life situations, and helping individuals, families, and businesses achieve their financial goals.