ICFE eNEWS #11-14 - March 10, 2011
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Military Spouses: Free Training Opportunity in the Personal Finance Profession

Applications Now Accepted for Fellowships to become an Accredited Financial Counselor®

ALEXANDRIA, VA March 1, 2011 - The FINRA Investor Education Foundation together with the National Military Family Association and The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) are pleased to announce that the application period for the FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Accredited Financial Counselor® Fellowship is now open. This program will provide up to 200 military spouses with the education necessary to enter the financial counseling career field.

The fellowship covers the costs associated with completing Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) training and tests. Upon successful completion of the program and required practicum, the participant will be awarded the Accredited Financial Counselor® designation from AFCPE®.

Current or surviving spouses of any service member of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and the Commissioned Corps of PHS or NOAA (active duty, National Guard and Reserve, or retirees) are eligible for this program. Military spouses with interest or experience in financial education are encouraged to apply. At this time however, spouses who are current employees of the United States government or are employed by government contractors, are in the military, or who currently hold active securities licenses are not eligible for the program.

Many employers such as credit unions, financial aid offices, and community housing agencies need well-trained, ethical, and caring financial counselors to meet the increasing demand for financial counseling services. Military spouses can fill this need while building a rewarding career that is flexible to the demands of the military family lifestyle. This is a distance learning program and participants will receive all of the course materials by mail and are able to study at their own pace.

Applications are only accepted online at www.militaryfamily.org/fellowship and must be received by midnight EST April 15, 2011.

About the FINRA Investor Education Foundation

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation is the largest foundation in the United States dedicated to investor education. Its mission is to provide investors with high-quality, easily accessible information and tools to better understand the markets and the basic principles of saving and investing. In 2006, the Foundation launched a multifaceted program to expand the saving and investing knowledge of military service members and their spouses, including a free, unbiased resource, www.SaveAndInvest.org/Military. A proud partner in the Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign, the Foundation also presents financial education forums at military installations worldwide.

About AFCPE®

The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education® (AFCPE®) provides professional development experiences for financial educators, practitioners and researchers to improve the economic well-being of individuals and families worldwide. The Association's vision is to be internationally recognized as the leading provider of professional development opportunities. Visit www.afcpe.org for more information.

About ICFE™

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education™ (ICFE™) is an Official Partner with the Department of Defense - Financial Readiness Campaign. The ICFE also presents at San Diego area military installations. The ICFE makes available eight specialized certification courses, all accepted for continuing education (CE) credits. Courses are for military counselors, financial educators, credit and debt counselors, privacy professionals, public notaries, and financial planning practitioners. Visit ICFE.info for more information.

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Paul S. Richard
President - Executive Director
Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE)

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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