CFA Program Access Scholarships

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The application deadline for 2016 Access Scholarships was 15 September. Applications for 2017 Access Scholarships may be submitted beginning 1 March 2016.

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 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 2016 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 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.

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*The exam registration fee includes access to the curriculum eBook.

  • If you wish to begin studying for the June exam before you are able to register (because you must wait until scholarship notifications occur in December), you may purchase the eBook curriculum in advance by contacting us. If you purchase the eBook curriculum in advance, you will receive a credit for your purchase during the exam registration checkout/payment process.
  • A print version of the curriculum may be purchased separately. The print curriculum is not included in the exam registration fee, therefore we do not issue credits to applicants who purchase the print curriculum in advance of exam registration. Scholarship candidates are also responsible for shipping costs and any applicable import duties and taxes related to purchasing the print curriculum.