Access Scholarship Program
CFA Institute opens Access Scholarship online application submission period from March 1 - September 15, for exams offered the following calendar year. The CFA Program Access Scholarship is a needs-based opportunity for those unable to afford the full price of the enrollment and registration fees.
Last year the program received over 8500 submissions from around the world and awarded 3400 CFA Access Program scholarships. Review the requirements online to see if you are eligible. The Access Scholarship Application is available now through the CFA Institute website.
The scholarship covers the one-time CFA Program enrollment fee (if applicable) and reduces the exam registration fee (includes access to the curriculum eBook) to US$250.*
Applicants must meet all CFA Program enrollment requirements. Review the requirements
Access scholarships are awarded on or before December 1, to be applied to exams in the following year. Access Scholarship recipients may apply the award to the following:
- June exam (Levels I, II, and III) or
- December exam (Level I only)
You must wait until scholarship notifications occur in December before you register for the June exam, or you will be ineligible for the scholarship and your application will be voided.
Because scholarship notifications occur after the early exam registration deadline has passed, CFA Institute offers a US$150 credit toward the June exam registration fee for those applicants who do not receive an Access Scholarship but who still wish to register for the June exam. The credit is applied during the exam registration checkout/payment process.*
- After you submit your scholarship application, you cannot make changes.
- If your financial situation changes, you may withdraw your application from consideration before October 15 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.
Application for exams:
Must be completed by September 15
Access Scholarships: Official Rules (PDF)
Access Scholarship Application is available through the CFA Institute website.
*The exam registration fee includes access to the curriculum eBook.