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University Students

If you're planning a career in finance, corporate banking, or investment management, the CFA® Program and the CFA® charter can play a key role in your success. As a student, you can begin the program within 11 months of graduation and kickstart adding this important notch to your resume.

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Benefits of the CFA Program for Students

  • hourglass icon Schedule for Your Life

    You advance through the program by setting your own schedule for study and sitting the exam. You can get started while you are in school — enrolling and taking the Level I CFA exam before your final academic year, as long as it is within 11 months of graduation.

  • currency risk icon Powerful ROI

    The CFA Program is a good return on your investment. Earning the CFA charter gives you the distinction of joining a prestigious group of elite investment professionals — an achievement that can open doors for career growth.  With an investment of as little as USD $1050, you can register for the Level I CFA exam and begin to reap the benefits of charterholder status in the job market and at your place of work.

  • open book icon Take Advantage of Your Head Start

    You are already used to studying, and if you are in a finance-related major, you are well prepared to tackle the deep, higher education curriculum of the CFA Program. Continue your studies now, and head straight for the CFA Program.

  • stairs icon Competitive Advantage

    With the CFA charter, you'll gain a competitive advantage among employers, and possess a globally recognized credential. Combined with career support resources you can access as a candidate and member, you will be well prepared for a wide variety of careers.

  • connections icon Utilize Your Time in University

    Many universities have partnerships with CFA Institute that can help prepare you for the CFA Program. Even if your school or program doesn't directly teach to the CFA Program curriculum, the university environment will offer you guidance and flexibility to prepare for and pursue the program.

  • globe icon Global Recognition

    The CFA charter is globally recognized as the gold standard in the investment management profession, giving you a passport to work in any financial market you choose.

Considering What's Next for You?

Take our assessment to learn whether becoming a CFA charterholder is right for you.

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CFA Program Scholarships

If you are a full-time student attending a school in our University Affiliation Program, or a woman interested in earning the CFA charter, you may qualify for a CFA Program scholarship.

Learn more about our CFA Program Scholarships

Register for the CFA® Program

Are you ready to earn a charter and join the ranks of elite investment professionals?

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