Editor's note: Dave Ramsey's revised edition of Financial Peace University launched on July 17th 2012. If you are struggling with finances, we encourage you to check out Dave's materials! 

Financial expert Dave Ramsey is excited to launch the newest version of his life-changing course Financial Peace University (FPU). The nine-week course provides families and individuals with practical tools to gain control of their finances and set themselves up for long-term financial success. The course meets once a week where a different lesson is taught by Dave on DVD followed by a small-group discussion. Lessons include budgeting, relationships and money, getting out of debt, saving for emergencies and investing.

Since its inception in 1994 FPU has helped more than 1.5 million families positively change their financial future. Through common-sense principles and small-group accountability, FPU gives people the tools they need to change their behavior and succeed financially. On average families who complete FPU pay off $5,300 and save $2,700 in the first 90 days. Following the class nearly 94 percent of those families budget regularly.

“FPU will not only transform the way you handle money, but also your marriage and other areas of your life,” says Ramsey. “This isn’t a boring financial class. We make learning about money fun and easy to understand so people in every situation can benefit from the information.”

Ramsey knows first-hand the pain that financial stress can cause. After creating a net worth of more than a million dollars by age 26, he quickly lost it all. Since then Ramsey has helped families and individuals across the country learn how to get control of their finances and avoid debt so they don’t have to experience the same pain he did.

FPU lessons also include guest speakers Rachel Cruze, speaker and daughter of Dave Ramsey; Jon Acuff, author of Wall Street Journal best-seller Quitter and popular blog Stuff Christians Like; and Chris Hogan, counselor and speaker for the Dave Ramsey organization.

The revised FPU will be offered through churches and community centers. After purchasing a membership each participant receives a workbook, Dave Ramsey’s Complete Guide to Money, an envelope system and an audio CD library. Participants will also have access to budgeting forms and MP3s of all the lessons. For more information or to purchase a membership, go to www.daveramsey.com.

Hear the testimonies of families who have tried Financial Peace University…

Whitney Sparks

"I am a mother of two who has been through FPU and is now DEBT FREE!!

My husband and I started the class four years ago.  We had never been through the course ourselves, so we decided to learn while our students were learning.  What we learned was empowering and came at a great time our lives!

Little did we know that a couple of years down the road my husband would be laid off from his job.  So, we went from two full-time jobs to one part-time job (mine) and my husband being in the unemployment line.  After keeping our heads afloat during that time, we knew that things needed to change quickly and we needed to get out of debt and start saving money.