First Command Educational Foundation (FCEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to improving financial readiness through education and scholarship opportunities. FCEF has been providing its services since 1983.

FCEF’s primary focus is on programs and resources for America’s military servicemembers and civilian federal employees, and their families. Our services also extend to schools and community organizations who share the values and aspirations of our core constituents.

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Parents, looking for an educational activity for your children while they’re home?

Would you like to help them learn about basic finances?  These FCEF resources are available free of charge!

Basic$4ALL (online) is a brief introduction to five fundamental areas of personal finance: spending plans, basic banking and accounts, credit, debt and loans, and investing.  While this course won’t teach you everything you will ever need to know about finances, it can help you learn the basics to get started.  You can access Basic$4ALL (online) at www.fcef.com/basic-finances-4-all/

Basic$4ALL (mobile) is a free app created by FCEF to help people learn some basics about finances. The information is provided in 5 modules: Spending Plans, Basic Banking and Accounts, Credit, Debt and Loans, and Investing. It’s designed for high school-age students and young adults, but anyone can play.

The object is to save enough money in your “savings account” to meet your goal: a car, a vacation, college, a house, or retirement. There’s no real money involved in this game; you play for knowledge. Invite your friends to play and see who is the smartest when it comes to saving!

You can download Basic$4ALL (mobile) from the App Store.  (Sorry, it’s not available for Android devices.)

For more in-depth information, Money Matters Online is a web-based course of 12 modules: Bank Accounts, Checkbook, Credit, Loans, Rights & Responsibilities of Renting and Owning, Buying a House, Stocks and Investments, Retirement Funds, Insurance, Becoming an Entrepreneur, Bankruptcy, and Giving to Charity.  Each module contains a pre- and post-module exam and vocabulary and other exercises. The curriculum also includes a pre- and post-course comprehensive exam and an instructor interface that allows instructors to add and delete students to the program and to monitor their progress and test results.  The course allows students to proceed at their own pace and will provide feedback as they complete the various tests and exercises.  More information and instructions for accessing Money Matters Online are available on our Education Resources page.

For more information or questions about FCEF, please feel free to browse our website or contact edufoundation@fcef.com.

Praise for Money Matters Online

We recently received a note from a teacher at IDEA Quest College Preparatory in Edinburgh, Texas, who is one of our Money Matters Online instructors.

Among her comments, she said “First of all, thank you for having this online resource for personal finance classes. My high school students have been learning for two years with this program. It has definitely challenged their thinking about money matters.”

We appreciate your support and comments, Maria.

If you have comments or suggestions for Money Matters Online, please submit them to edufoundation@fcef.com.

Federal Civilian Employee Scholarship Program

The application period for this program has closed.  Please check back later to see the scholarship winners.

Click here for eligibility criteria, the application, and more information about this program.

Military Families Fall Behind In Financial Readiness Test

First Command Financial Service’s research findings on the financial readiness of career military families are featured in a national news story by Financial Advisor Magazine. Titled “Military Families Fall Behind In Financial Readiness Test,” the article features results of the sixth annual financial readiness test and survey recently conducted through the First Command Financial Behaviors Index® and in partnership with First Command Educational Foundation. This story emphasizes the importance of financial knowledge and understanding as military families prepare for the Blended Retirement System. The article is available here.

 

FCEF Event Calendar

Click here to view the FCEF Event Calendar.  This calendar includes financial readiness presentations being conducted nationwide, official staff visits, board of directors meetings, fundraising events, and other scheduled items. For more information about our financial presentations, or to schedule a presentation in your area, please contact FCEF at edufoundation@fcef.com or 817-569-2940.