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New for 2008 - College Accredited Personal Finance Course Earns Three Credits

San Diego, CA - Military families, Consumers, and financial professionals seeking to learn more about personal finance could find plenty of courses, but all were without college, until now. ICFE discovered a three module course in personal finance for the on-line learning environment which is available exclusively from Park University, which was recently ranked by US News and World Report as the 2nd largest online degree provider in the nation.

The Personal Financial Management course (F1 201M) was developed specifically for service members, financial counselors who work in the military or consumer environments and American consumers. Upon successful completion, a student receives three ( 3 ) undergraduate credit hours toward a Park University degree, or to be transferred to other accredited schools.

The F1 201M course is a practical, self-paced college course covering the basics of money. In less than 60 days, students can learn everything they need to stop living paycheck to paycheck and take control of money. It also covers many key elements rarely learned at home or school: They include, but are not limited to,

  • The importance of regularly contributing to a savings plan or military thrift savings plan (TSP) and also learn ways to maximize those contributions.

  • How to create and implement a budget (a/k/a spending plan)

  • How and why to start an emergency savings fund

  • How to understand and improve your credit score

  • Getting out of debt and staying out

  • Fundamentals of investing for retirement

  • Insurance and tax basics

  • How the psychology of money affects you

Students are provided with free e-books, budgeting tools, financial calculators, and worksheets for ongoing use. In addition, students have access to financial counselors to answer questions throughout the course.
The course is exceptionally flexible because it's online. Students can enroll and start any time it fits their schedule throughout the year. Best of all, for a vast majority of consumers, including active duty service members, the course is available at no cost by using their employer and/or military education benefits. For example, active-duty personnel can apply for the military's Tuition Assistance program that will pay for 100% of the tuition cost up-front, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the service member.

As a financial counselor in the military community or one who works with civilians, this course provides the kind of basic financial insights that greatly benefit the lives of service members and families you serve. It also serves as a great refresher course for anyone in the financial counseling profession.

In summary, this course:

  • Provides a strong financial foundation.

  • Qualifies for college credit.

  • Is covered by Tuition Assistance for military personnel (and possibly others).

  • Requires no additional fees for labs, books or other items.

  • Is discounted for military personnel and their dependents.

  • Can equip individuals and families to better their financial circumstances.

To learn more about Personal Financial Management at Park University, visit EnrollPark.com/icfe and submit a request for more information or visit the ICFE's web page at ICFE.info for the link.

About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation).  The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. 
The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.

The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org).  CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed.  In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.

The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much.  ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.

Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org.  Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G,  a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.

 
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