Take those important first steps on your career path. As a SCACPA Student Member, you can earn tuition scholarships, leverage exam prep programs, and network with Fellow CPA members in your local area! Did we mention student membership is FREE? 

Student Membership Application


Why Join as a Student Member? 

Scholarships

Each year SCACPA awards tens of thousands of dollars to students at South Carolina colleges and universities. Will you be one of them? SCACPA is now accepting applications! Scroll down for more information!

Connections

Establishing a solid network opens a world of opportunity. Through SCACPA, you will connect with members in your local area and across the state. Meet members face-to-face and through the private online community, SCACPA Connect!

Exam Prep

SCACPA Student Members are eligible for discounts on multiple CPA Exam prep bundles! In addition to the discounts, you see below, some of our partners offer a FULL exam prep course scholarship. Your free SCACPA Student Membership could save you thousands in CPA Exam Prep costs.

Want to test drive the CPA Exam? Sign up for the FREE virtual Mock CPA Exam on September 20! Learn more and sign up here!

What your peers are saying

I will be attending Clemson University’s MPAcc program this fall. I have just finished my third public accounting internship and am very grateful for all the  opportunities I have been presented with and the wonderful people I have met as a result of my career choice. SCACPA has aided me in my journey to becoming a CPA, and I hope to do the same for aspiring students like myself one day!

Suraj Vytla, Clemson University


I needed to take an online class this summer to be able to graduate on time in Spring 2019, and this scholarship allowed me to take it. I very much want to thank everyone who funds this scholarship, and I want to remind them of what a huge difference it can make in a student’s life. I am a senior accounting major who already has a job with a Big Four public Accounting firm, KPMG.

Grace Fryml, Bob Jones University

SCACPA Scholarships

Are you on the path to CPA? SCACPA wants to help you along your journey! Earn SCACPA Educational Fund scholarships to help with your tuition costs!

If you are a junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in accounting at a South Carolina school, you may be eligible! Scholarship amounts usually range from $500 to $2,500. The number to be awarded each year depends upon the qualifications of the applicants and available funds. If you have scholarship questions, please email membership@scacpa.org.

SCACPA will start accepting applications in December for the 2023-24 school year.

  • Attending a college or university in South Carolina
  • Rising junior or senior majoring in accounting (or Master’s Degree student) at a South Carolina college or university
  • Full-time student
  • At least one class in intermediate accounting or the equivalent
  • GPA of no less than 3.00 overall
  • GPA in accounting no less than 3.00
  • College transcripts (Must be reconciled with transcripts from all institutions attended)
  • List scholarships, awards, and/or grants with amounts of each for this academic year (Indicate if none, attach sheet if necessary)
  • Two letters of reference (preferably professional, if available)
  • Resume
  • Essay on your personal career goals in 250 words or less
  • Certification from the Head of the Accounting School that you are an accounting major, or will be an accounting major, and that you are a rising junior, senior, or graduate student
  • If transferring, letter of acceptance from new school
  • A copy of your driver’s license or a state-issued ID card

2020-21 Scholarships

$65,000+
  • Lollie Harper Scholarship
  • Past Presidents Scholarship
  • Joe Jackson Memorial Scholarship
  • John S. Herin Scholarship
  • SCACPA Scholarship

CPA Exam

Obtaining your CPA license can open the door to more promotions, and managerial opportunities. On average CPAs make 15% more in salary than an Accounting graduate. CPA is the gold standard among accounting professionals, and highly desired by employers. There is a tremendous demand for accounting, tax, and assurance services. Technology has made it easier to preform all the traditional accounting service and enabled all sorts of new, more valuable and more interesting new services.

For more information on the CPA exam, here’s the AICPA’s exam booklet.

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • 24 semester hours of accounting
  • 24 semester hours of business-related subjects
  • 150 total semester hours
  • 36 semester hours of accounting (24 upper-level)
  • 36 semester hours of business-related subjects
  • Pass the CPA Exam and an ethics exam
  • One year of work experience
  • Good moral character

The Audit & Attestation section of the exam covers: Planning engagement, internal controls, obtaining document information, reviewing and evaluating information, communications

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 72
  • Task based Simulations: 8
  • Written Communications: 0

The Business Environment & Concepts section of the exam covers: Economic concepts, financial management, information systems and communications, operations management, corporate governance

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 62
  • Task based Simulations: 4
  • Written Communications: 3

The Financial Accounting & Reporting section of the exam covers: Financial statements, types of transactions, governmental accounting, not-for-profit accounting

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 66
  • Task based Simulations: 8
  • Written Communications: 0

The Regulation section of the exam covers: Federal taxation, business law, ethics, professional responsibility

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 76
  • Task based Simulations: 8
  • Written Communications: 0