Education Resources

First Command Educational Foundation has developed a number of financial readiness education tools for use by organizations and individuals. 

Financial Readiness Presentations and Seminars


Financial Readiness for LifeWe have a comprehensive library of presentations on a variety of topics suitable for general, military, and federal employee audiences.  Please click here to view the FCEF Standard Financial Presentations list

We can also create custom presentations to include the topics in our library individually or grouped for a more extensive program, or to address the needs of a particular audience.

To request a standard or customized presentation, please complete our presentation request and submit it to the Foundation.

Money Matters Reference

Those of you who have used our previously-published editions of Money Matters, developed to help high school students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to take control of their financial future, will recognize Money Matters Reference.  The curriculum, written within the guidelines of Texas House Bill 492 of 2005, covers all 12 required elements and was approved by the Texas State Board of Education.

The material, including the book, the tests, and the PowerPoint slides, is no longer being printed, but is now available exclusively through Money Matters Online (see below).  You can use the more detailed Money Matters Reference as a supplement to Money Matters Online, or as a stand-alone program.

Money Matters Reference includes these modules:

Accounts Checkbook Credit
Loans Rights & Responsibilities Buying
Stocks & Investments Retirement Insurance
Entrepreneur Bankruptcy Giving

Students have access to the Money Matters Reference book in flash and a pdf version, in addition to:

  • Comprehensive test
  • 12 module topic tests
  • 12 module vocabulary tests
  • Glossary-Terms to Know

Instructors have access to all student materials, as well as:

  • 12 module PowerPoint presentations
  • Comprehensive test (with answers)
  • 12 module topic tests (with answers)
  • 12 module vocabulary tests (with answers)

To access the Money Matters Reference materials, you must first open Money Matters Online.

If you are not already enrolled in Money Matters Online, please see instructions in that section (below) to enroll before proceeding.

Students

  • Log into Money Matters Online for Students
  • After you have established your personal login name and password, you will be directed to the Pre-comprehensive Exam.
  • You may click the Money Matters Reference button at the top of the screen to access Money Matters Reference before taking the Pre-comprehensive Exam.
  • If you have already taken the Money Matters Online Pre-comprehensive Exam, you will find the Money Matters Reference button at the top of the Report Card.

Instructors

Money Matters Reference is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as financial advice, guidance, or for financial planning purposes.  Please consult a professional advisor about your specific situation regarding your personal financial plans.

Money Matters Online

Money Matters Online is a web-based course of 12 modules based on our Money Matters Reference material.  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 you to proceed at your own pace, and will provide feedback as you complete the various tests and exercises.  When you log in for the first time you must take the pre-course comprehensive test, and you will then be able to work on the twelve modules. When you complete the twelfth module you must take the post-course comprehensive test before you can complete the course successfully.

Students

  • If you’d like to learn more about Money Matters Online, ask your instructor to visit this web page and contact FCEF at edufoundation@fcef.com. Your instructor can obtain access to the curriculum and enroll you in the program.
  • ATTENTION! BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE COURSE, you must download and read the Student Manual for Money Matters Online. It will provide you with very important information for logging in and working through the course.
  • Once you have received your student login information for Money Matters Online, please click here: Money Matters Online for Students.

Instructors

  • To learn more about Money Matters Online, and to obtain access to the curriculum, please send an email with your First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name, School District, and School to edufoundation@fcef.com.  We will answer your questions and provide you with access to the program.
  • Before you begin using the course, you should download and read the Instructor Manual for Money Matters Online. It will provide you with important information for logging in, enrolling students, and working with the instructor interface.  You will also want to download and read the Student Manual for Money Matters Online so you can anticipate questions from your students.
  • Once you have received your instructor login information for Money Matters Online, please click here: Money Matters Online for Instructors to access the instructor site.

We’d like to thank the sponsors of our Money Matters curriculum for helping us make it possible to bring it to you.

Money Matters Online is intended for educational purposes only and should not be used as financial advice, guidance, or for financial planning purposes.  Please consult a professional advisor about your specific situation regarding your personal financial plans.

 

New Enhancements

First Command Educational Foundation is always interested in keeping Money Matters Online up to date, and making it easier for our students and instructors to use.

We’re pleased to announce that we have recently introduced some improvements to Money Matters Online.

Appearance

We have removed the “chalkboard” from the Instructor site.  The buttons have been moved to the top of the page, and dropdown lists will appear when you click on a button.  This gives us room to provide more detailed instructions for each page.

Active/inactive Classes

Instructors are able to designate a class as “inactive.”  This will allow you to separate current classes from those that have already completed the program, simplifying your class lists.  You can always re-designate an “inactive” class as “active” if you wish.

Student Progress by Class

Instructors are able to see the progress of every student in a class on one page.  The Student Progress page displays each student by name and their test scores on the Pre-curriculum Exam, each pre- and post-module test, and the Post-curriculum Exam.

Adding Multiple Students to a Class

As instructors add students to a class, a list is displayed with each student’s information, and you can edit a student’s information or delete a student before the class list is completed.  Of course, you can still edit and delete students at any time after they have been enrolled.  You are not required to leave the Add Student page until you have enrolled your entire class.

Active/inactive Students

Instructors can also designate students as “active” and “inactive” to ease the clutter in student lists.  When you mark a class as “inactive,” all students in that class will also be marked as “inactive,” but you can move any student back to the “active student” list if needed.

Exams

Students can temporarily save their work on the Pre- and Post-comprehensive Exam and return later to finish taking the exam.

Students must answer at least 100% of questions correctly to pass the post-module tests and 75% to pass the Post-curriculum Exam.

  • When a student takes a post-module test they will be presented with their results.  If they did not answer at least 100% correctly, they will be required to retake the questions they missed until they do achieve 100% correct.
  • When a student takes the Post-curriculum Exam, they will be provided a link to view their test results, as before.  At the same time, instructors will have an opportunity to view their results, and if they did not answer at least 75% correctly, to reset their exam if desired.

Certificate of Completion

Students who successfully complete the Post-curriculum Exam can download and print a Certificate of Completion indicating they’ve completed the Money Matters Online course.

Money Matters Reference Presentations

The information in the PowerPoint presentations in Money Matters Reference has been updated, and the presentations have a more contemporary appearance.

These changes are described in more detail in the revised Money Matters Online Instructor Manual, available here.  This manual is also be accessible under the new Tools button in the instructor site.

If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact First Command Educational Foundation at edufoundation@fcef.com or by phone at 817-569-2940 (toll free 877-872-8289).

Military Money Matters

Military Money Matters, adapted from our Money Matters Online program, was developed to address the need for financial readiness education for junior servicemembers and their families.  It is a web-based course with modules on a variety of financial subjects, and includes military-specific material.  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.

Military Money Matters includes these modules, and more military-specific modules will be added in the future.

Bank Accounts Balancing Your Checkbook Credit, Debt, & Budgeting
Types of Loans Leases & Landlords Buying a Home
Stocks & Investments General Retirement Accounts Insurance
Starting Your Own Business Bankruptcy Giving to Charity
Military Retirement Plans Thrift Savings Plan Military Life Insurance
Military Pay Survivor Benefit Plan Blended Retirement System

Students

  • If you’d like to learn more about Military Money Matters, ask your instructor to visit this web page and contact FCEF at edufoundation@fcef.com. Your instructor can obtain access to the curriculum and enroll you in the program.
  • ATTENTION! BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE COURSE, you must download and read the Student User Manual for Military Money Matters. It will provide you with very important information for logging in and working through the course.
  • Once you have received your student login information for Military Money Matters, or if you have received a certificate for Military Money Matters with an enrollment code, please click here: Military Money Matters for Students.

Instructors

  • To learn more about Military Money Matters and to obtain access to the curriculum, please send an email with your rank, first name, middle initial, last name, unit, and installation to edufoundation@fcef.com. We will answer your questions and provide you with access to the program.
  • Before you begin using the course, we recommend you download and read the Instructor User Manual for Military Money Matters.  It will provide you with important information for logging in, enrolling students, and working with the instructor interface.  You will also want to download and read the Student User Manual for Military Money Matters so you can anticipate questions from your students.
  • Once you have received your instructor login information for Military Money Matters, please click here: Military Money Matters for Instructors to access the instructor site.

We’d like to thank the sponsors of our Military Money Matters curriculum for helping us make it possible to bring it to you.

Military Money Matters has 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.  FCEF does not endorse or favor any commercial supplier, product, or service.  The Department of Defense does not endorse or favor any commercial supplier, product, service, or the views of the Foundation.

Basic$4ALL (mobile)

Basic$4ALL (mobile) is a free app created by First Command Educational Foundation 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.

To view the Basic$4ALL (moblie) privacy policy, click here.

Basic$4ALL (online)

First Command Educational Foundation’s Basic4ALL (online) is a financial readiness curriculum developed to provide you with 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.

The registration process is automated; you can click here to access Basic4ALL (online).

La Salud de Mi Dinero

First Command Educational Foundation, in partnership with Unity One Credit Union, developed a Spanish-language program, La Salud de mi Dinero (The Health of My Money). This program is designed to teach financial readiness topics to the Hispanic community in the United States.  FCEF worked with participants to provide an educational program tailored to their financial needs.  Curriculum topics include:

  • Credit Unions
  • Spending Plans
  • Investing
  • Credit
  • Buying a House
  • Insurance

Each course is presented by a facilitator and consists of the following components:

  • Pre-Assessment & Warm-Up Activity
  • Core Content Presentation
  • Personal Learning Practice
  • Small Group Learning Activity
  • Post-Assessment & Wrap-Up Activity

This program is an example of an educational product that can be developed in partnership with FCEF.  Please contact the Foundation if you are interested in developing a financial readiness program.

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