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A Smarter Way to Financial Peace

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Every journey starts somewhere. It begins when you take that first hopeful step in the right direction that can lead to lasting life-change. And every man, woman, couple or family standing in our lobby to do their debt-free scream has a captivating story that led them to the finish line.

Many times, the journey began by making a choice to take control of their money with an empowering 9-week course known as Financial Peace University.

How Dave Launched Financial Peace University

Dave started teaching the first Financial Peace University (FPU) class in 1994, but at the time it wasn’t known as FPU—he called the class Life After Debt. It was just Dave in a room with his overhead projector and five families looking to change their money habits. Within two years, the number of families who graduated the class reached the 1,000 mark!

What Does Financial Peace University Look Like Today?

Financial Peace University has come a long way from that conference room with Dave and his projector. These days, you’ll find FPU classes being taught in churches all across the country. The average family completing the course pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in the first 90 days! Today, nearly 5 million people have gone through FPU and had their lives radically changed!

What Can You Expect in Each Financial Peace University Lesson?

A big part of FPU is creating better money habits through community and accountability. So when you start, you’ll join a local group to go through the material together over the 9-week course.

But we’ve given FPU an upgrade with even more great tools to help you win with money! You’ll get one year of access to the online experience so you can revisit the lessons anytime you want, and we’ve even thrown in one full year of our premium budgeting app, EveryDollar Plus.

Through FPU, you’ll learn how to save an emergency fund, get out of debt, save for retirement and college, pay off the house, build wealth, and give generously. It’s a batch of intense topics to work through, but it’s all incredibly motivating—and rewarding! Dave simplifies the process by taking you through his seven measurable Baby Steps. Once you get moving on the first baby step, you’re bound to pick up the pace!

Here’s what you can expect out of each lesson during this life changing 9-week course:

Lesson 1: Super Saving

You’ll learn all about Dave’s famous 7 Baby Steps plan.

Lesson 2: Relating With Money

Learn more about how we all interact with money, and the ways you and your spouse can get on the same page with your money plan.

Lesson 3: Cash Flow Planning

This is the week you’ll create your very first budget. And because we want to help you through the process of creating your brand-new budget, you’ll get a free access code for a one-year subscription to the EveryDollar Plus app! It syncs up to your bank account and makes it easy to create and follow your budget while tracking your expenses. Using the EveryDollar app helps you put into practice the same principles you learn in your FPU class!

Lesson 4: Dumping Debt

Get empowered to eliminate debt for good with the debt snowball plan. It’s even easier now with our brand-new debt snowball tool! We’ve added even more resources to help you make a plan for knocking out your debt once and for all.

Lesson 5: Buyer Beware

Discover how to stay strong against marketing tricks that try to get you to spend more money.

Lesson 6: The Role of Insurance

Protect your family with the insurance you need.

Lesson 7: Retirement & College

This week, you’ll learn how to plan for your retirement and save for your children’s college.

Lesson 8: Real Estate & Mortgages

Start understanding mortgages and whether or not you should buy, sell or rent.

Lesson 9: The Great Misunderstanding

In this final week of FPU, you’ll learn the biggest money secret Dave’s discovered along the way. And don’t worry—you’ll still be able to access all the lessons, resources and tools online for an entire year after the class is over! It’s perfect for when you want a little refresher, or if you just need some extra motivation to keep at it.

Week after week, you’ll be inspired as you hear wins and accomplishments from your fellow classmates. It’s the best kind of encouragement to have as you move forward to reach your own goals! After you graduate Financial Peace University, you’ll be equipped with the abilities to budget with confidence, save with purpose, and start changing your family tree.

What Are the Benefits of Taking Financial Peace University?

Financial Peace University isn’t your typical financial class. Dave uses humor, biblical wisdom, and practical advice to teach the steps for finding true financial peace. Dave has the heart of a teacher, and he walks you through his proven plan with actionable examples. His teaching style is engaging and his heart is understanding because just like you—Dave’s been there. He clawed his way out of bankruptcy with the same fighting principles you’ll learn in Financial Peace University.

Your Journey Starts Here

Can you imagine writing the last check on all your debts? What would it feel like to not have a single payment in the world? How would you like to financially bless your family, church and many others because you handled money the right way? It won’t happen overnight, but it starts with you choosing to change!

As Dave says, "Personal finance is 80% behavior and only 20% head knowledge." This class gives you the lessons, tools, and accountability you need to create new habits that can lead to a lifestyle of smart money choices. It’s going to take hard work, commitment and sacrifice—but you can do it, and it will be worth it! Financial Peace University can help you get there!

Are you ready to take control of your money once and for all? Take the first step toward changing your life and get Financial Peace University today!

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