For Immediate Release

Contact: Bailey Bernius

Military Spouses: Free Training Opportunity in the Personal Finance Profession

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

March 1, 2011

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 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 servicemembers and their spouses, including a free, unbiased resource, 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 for more information.

About the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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