CFA Institute offers a needs-based scholarship opportunity for those unable to afford the full price of the CFA Program enrollment and registration fees.
Access Scholarship awards cover the CFA Program enrollment fee and reduce the exam registration fee to $250, including the CFA Program eBook.
If awarded, you can apply the scholarship to either exam in the relevant calendar year. You must register and sit for the exam in the relevant exam year or you may be ineligible for future Access Scholarships.
Access Scholarships provide needs-based scholarship opportunities for those unable to afford the full price of the CFA Program enrollment and registration fees.
Waive the CFA Program enrollment fee and reduce the exam registration fee (includes access to the curriculum eBook) to US$250.*
Access scholarships are awarded on or before 1 December to be applied to exams in the following year. If awarded, the recipient can apply the scholarship to the
- June exam (Levels I, II, and III) or
- December exam (Level I only)
Submission deadline for 2019 : March 1 to September 15, 2018
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In collaboration with our member societies around the world, more than 2,600 Access Scholarships are awarded to CFA Program applicants each calendar year.
You must wait until the scholarship notifications occur in December before you register for the applicable exam, or you will be ineligible for the scholarship and your application will be voided. However, you may purchase the curriculum for that exam in advance by contacting us. When you register for the exam (after scholarship notifications) credit will be given for the eBook curriculum purchased in advance but credit will not be given for a print curriculum purchased in advance.‡
- After you submit your scholarship application, you cannot make changes.
- If your financial situation changes, you may withdraw your application from consideration before 1 October of the year in which you applied.
- If you receive a scholarship and register for the exam, you must sit for that exam or you may be ineligible for future Access Scholarships.
Click here to begin your application.