CFA Program Access Scholarships

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The Access Scholarship application for the 2016 exams is available from 1 March until 15 September 2015.

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CFA Program Access Scholarships provide financial support to those who may be unable to afford the full price for program enrollment and exam registration.

In collaboration with our member societies around the world, 3,000 Access Scholarships will be awarded to applicants for the 2016 exams.


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

Award Cycle

Access Scholarships are awarded on or before 1 December, to be applied to exams in the following year. Access Scholarship recipients may apply the award to the

  • June exam (Levels I, II, and III) or
  • December exam (Level I only)

Important Information

Access Scholarship Official Rules (PDF)

You must wait until scholarship notifications occur in December 2015 before you register for the 2016 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 to those applicants who do not receive an Access Scholarship but who still wish to register for the June 2016 exam. The credit is applied during the June exam registration payment and checkout process.**

  • 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.

Access the Application

Start a new application or access an existing application (login required).


*Scholarship candidates are responsible for any additional costs related to selecting/purchasing the curriculum.

**You may purchase the curriculum for the next 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.

Beginning with June 2014 exam, the registration fee includes access to the curriculum eBook and a print version of the curriculum is purchased separately. Therefore we will not issue credits to applicants who wish purchase the print curriculum in advance. (If you purchase the print curriculum, you will also be responsible for shipping costs and any applicable import duties and taxes.).