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About this course:  

Congratulations and welcome to Money Matters Online. First Command Educational Foundation developed the Money Matters curriculum to help fill the gap in financial literacy education for young people. Mastering the information in Money Matters Online will help you gain the financial savvy necessary for immediate and long-term success. We hope you enjoy this course, and we wish you the best in a lifetime of financial endeavors.

The topics covered in this curriculum have been developed for educational purposes only and should not be used as financial advice, guidance, or for financial planning purposes. Please consult a professional advisor regarding your specific personal financial plans.

About FCEF

Financial Literacy for Life is not just the tag line for First Command Education Foundation (FCEF); it's a way of life. FCEF is passionately committed to ensuring individuals, at all stages of their life, have the knowledge and skills to make an informed, smart decision about their financial wellness. FCEF has worked tirelessly to provide and promote education as the foundation of a productive society through scholarships and financial literacy education.

First Command Educational Foundation awards scholarships each year to individuals seeking associate, undergraduate, and graduate degrees. FCEF also awards scholarships to individuals attending a trade school or seeking professional certifications. Our scholars come from diverse backgrounds and have chosen to attend a variety of higher educational institutions across the nation.

FCEF currently awards an average of $175,000 annually in scholarships around the nation; around $4 million since 1983. All FCEF scholarships are made possible through the generosity of individuals, businesses, and corporations. FCEF is fortunate to have a permanently restricted endowment, the Carroll H. Payne Memorial Scholarship Fund, which helps support the scholarship program annually. In addition, FCEF hosts an annual fundraising event to benefit the scholarship program.

Teaching financial literacy (especially at an early age) is very important because many people today graduated without even a basic knowledge of money management such as creating and sticking to a budget. Unfortunately, many individuals only learn these skills through the schools of trial and error, as well as "hard knocks." We at FCEF understand that one size does not fit all; learning happens in diverse ways and we meet those needs. From educator-developed and educator-approved classroom material to online assessments and quizzes, we've got you covered. Investing in us may not give back those financial years some wasted during trial and error, but we can provide the tools to increase and promote fiscal know-how at life's "financial crossroads" for you, your family, and the communities in which you live and work.

If you would like to learn more about First Command Educational Foundation, please visit our website at www.fcef.com.

"Eighty-four percent of undergraduates indicated they needed more education on financial management topics. In fact, 64 percent would have liked to receive information in high school and 40 percent as college freshman."
How Undergraduate Students Use Credit Cards: Sallie Mae's National Study of Usage Rates and Trends, 2009

Before you begin this course, you should download and read the Student Manual for Money Matters Online. It will provide you with important information for logging in and working with the course.

Our original book-based curriculum, now called Money Matters Reference, is available to users of Money Matters Online. To access Money Matters Reference, log into Money Matters Online and click on the Money Matters Reference button at the top of the page.