CFA Program Access Scholarships

The CFA Institute Access Scholarship Program is designed to make CFA® Program more available to individuals who may not be able to afford the full program fees. Two scholarship application windows will be offered during this program year (20 September 2023 – 31 August 2024), which will give candidates greater flexibility to choose the exam window that fits their needs.

Features of Access Scholarship

  • Access Scholarship provides needs-based scholarship opportunities for those unable to afford the full price of the CFA Program enrolment and registration fees.
  • Currently registered candidates are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must meet all CFA Program enrolment requirements.
  • CFA Program enrollment fee is waived and the exam registration fee is reduced to USD300.
  • Awards can be applied to any CFA Program level, which will be valid for one year.
  • Applicants must submit the online application via the CFA Institute website by the deadline.
  • Details of the Access Scholarship are available on the CFA Institute website.  Please read the full Access Scholarship Rules.


The application window for the Year 2024 Access Scholarship Cycle 1 opens on 20 Sep 2023 until 18 Oct 2023.  The review decision will be made no later than 15 Dec 2023.

Access Scholarship Review Cycles in 2024

 Cycle 1Cycle 2
Access Applications Open20-Sep-2324-Jan-24
Access Applications Close18-Oct-2321-Feb-24
Access Awards Begin19-Oct-2322-Feb-24
Access Awards Close15-Dec-235-Apr-24
Award Expiration15-Dec-245-Apr-25
Award Exam Availability
(Exam Details)

May 24, Aug 24, Nov 24,
Feb 25, May 25
Aug 24, Nov 24,
Feb 25, May 25, Aug 25