2014 Access Scholarship application window:
1 March — 15 September 2013
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Our mission to lead the investment profession globally by setting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence, includes offering educational opportunities to current and future stewards of the world's investment markets.
CFA Program scholarships contribute to the vision of serving the interests of investors and society by promoting awareness of CFA Institute programs and by providing access to those programs to individuals who would otherwise be unable to afford full price.
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 in 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
- the December exam (Level I only).
Application for 2014 exams:
Available 1 March 2013
Must be completed by 15 September 2013
Access Scholarships: Official Rules (PDF)
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Awareness Scholarships are designated for key influencers in the academic and financial communities.
Reduce the CFA Program enrollment and exam registration fee (includes access to the curriculum eBook) to US$350.*
Awareness scholarships are awarded as they are received and processed.
- Recipients of the June scholarship may only apply it to the upcoming June exam (Levels I, II, and III).
- Recipients of the December scholarship may only apply it to the upcoming December exam (Level I).
Applications for 2013 exams:
June exam: Passed (1 Feb 2013)
December exam: Available now
Must be submitted by 3 September 2013
Awareness Scholarships: Official Rules (PDF)
Learn more below
Access Scholarship Details
In collaboration with our member societies around the world, Access Scholarships are being awarded beginning with the 2013 exam cycle.
Over 2,600 scholarships will be awarded to CFA Program applicants each calendar year.
Note: Scholarship applicants who register for an exam while their Access Scholarship application is pending will be deemed ineligible and their application will be voided. However, scholarship applicants may purchase the curriculum separately by contacting us. After scholarship notifications occur in December 2013, credit will be given for the advance purchase curriculum to applicants who register for an exam.
- Once you submit your scholarship application, changes cannot be made.
- If a candidate's financial situation changes, Access Scholarship applicants can withdraw their application from consideration before 1 November of the year in which they submit their application.
- If you receive a scholarship and register, you must sit for the exam in the relevant exam year awarded or you may be ineligible for future Access Scholarships.
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Awareness Scholarship Details
In collaboration with our University Relations team, we are pleased to offer Awareness Scholarships to key influencers in the academic and financial communities such as college/university faculty, college students affiliated with our Recognized Universities and CFA Program Partner Schools, select regulatory agencies, and media organization employees around the world.
CFA Program College Faculty Scholarships: These scholarships are available to all full-time college or university finance professors. CFA Program College Faculty Scholarship
CFA Program College Student Scholarships: These scholarships are now being distributed by the Program Partner Scholarship and the Recognized University Scholarship (see details below).
CFA Program Partner and Recognized University Program Scholarships: After the June 2013 exam, all student scholarships will be awarded through universities and colleges participating in the CFA Program Partners initiative and University Recognition Program.
CFA Institute Regulator Scholarships: Available to full-time employees of governmental securities regulators and central banks that enter into a regulator scholarships agreement with CFA Institute. View sample regulatory bodies. To learn more about regulator scholarships and explore whether your organization may qualify, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFA Institute Media Scholarships: Scholarship opportunities are available to eligible, full-time employees of select media organizations. For more information about media scholarships, download the application (PDF) or contact us at email@example.com.
*Scholarship candidates are responsible for any additional costs for substituting or adding the print option, including curriculum and shipping costs plus any applicable taxes and import duties. View available methods of payment.