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NEWS | March 9, 2011

Military Spouses: free training opportunity in the personal finance profession

Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Financial industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation together with the National Military Family Association and The Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education 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 training and tests. Upon successful completion of the program and required practicum, the participant will be awarded the Accredited Financial Counselordesignation 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 Public Health Service or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (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 and must be received by midnight EST April 15, 2011.