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! Don’t miss the opportunity to advance your career and achieve your goals!

Why Join as a Student Member? 

Pave the Way to Career Success

Establishing a solid network opens a world of opportunity. Through SCACPA, you will connect with members in your local area and across the state. Start your career on the right foot and lock in a SCACPA member sponsor – your direct connection to the CPA profession in South Carolina. Meet members face-to-face and through the private online community, SCACPA Connect!

Student Membership with SCACPA opens up a world of opportunity for students interested in pursuing their CPA. As a student member of SCACPA, you enjoy a multitude of benefits, including connections with peers and CPAs throughout the state, scholarships, multiple exam prep discounts, a private online CPA social community, and more.

Beyond the Application: Personal Chats with Scholarship Winners

Dive into the stories of our scholarship winners in our insightful interview series! Explore their journeys, aspirations, and impact on the accounting field. For a glimpse into our student membership, watch ‘Beyond the Application,’ where we discuss scholarship winners’ dreams in the CPA profession.

SCACPA student membership dues are a mere $50/year. You have two options:

Option 1 – Engage a Professional Sponsor: Several SCACPA members have invested in student sponsorship and are excited to help you on the next crucial steps of your career journey. When you choose a sponsor, you’ll enjoy:
  • Guided Mentorship: Continue receiving one-on-one guidance tailored to your career path.
  • Expanded Network: Open doors to potential internships, job placements, and industry contacts.
  • Continued Growth: Access to exclusive resources and professional development that put you ahead of the curve.

Option 2 – Dues Payment:
 If you prefer to join without a sponsor, you can do so at the affordable rate of $50. You’ll gain access to all the resources, support, and community benefits that SCACPA offers.
The choice is yours, and the future is bright. Continue to harness the power of SCACPA’s community as you stride toward your CPA goals. 
Join today – just hit the PLUS sign below and complete the form!

Student Membership Application

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    Start building your professional connections now and connect with a SCACPA member sponsor! Sponsors have invested in student membership and stand ready to help you on your career journey. If you choose not to pair with a sponsor, you can join SCACPA at the affordable rate of $50/year.
    You may select a chapter based on your school location or your home address.

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 starting in December! 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.

Scholarship applications are closed for this year. They will reopen on December 1, 2024!

  • Attending a college or university in South Carolina
  • Full-time student, rising junior or senior majoring in accounting (or Master’s Degree student) at a South Carolina college or university
  • SCACPA Student Member (Apply for Student Membership Here)
  • 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, signed and on letterhead (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

2023-24 Scholarships

  • Lollie Harper Scholarship
  • Past Presidents Scholarship
  • Joe Jackson Memorial Scholarship
  • John S. Herin Scholarship
  • SCACPA Scholarship

CPA 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 SCACPA Student Membership could save you thousands in CPA Exam Prep costs.

What Your Peers Say

I’m just thankful again to the board and other donors who contribute to the scholarship fund. It made an impact for me, helping me make it through college and giving me more peace of mind, because at the end of the day, money isn’t everything, but it does help. I do appreciate what this organization has done for me and my family.

Preston Goff, Bob Jones University

I would just like to thank you all so much for this scholarship. It really has benefited me a lot this year, so I just really appreciate it. Becoming part of SCACPA has been a huge help in my accounting career.

Colleen McGuire, USC-Columbia

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 perform all the traditional accounting service and enabled all sorts of new, more valuable and more interesting new services. Candidates will be required to pass all three core sections and one discipline on the CPA Exam.

Taking the Exam

  • 120 Credit Hours to sit for the exam
    • 24 semester credit hours of accounting courses
    • 24 semester credit hours of business courses

Getting Licensed

  • 150 total semester hours
  • Pass the Uniform CPA Examination
  • One year of work experience
  • Good moral character

Core Sections

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: 78
  • Task based Simulations: 7

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: 50
  • Task based Simulations: 7

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

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


The BAR discipline focuses on assurance, financial statement analysis and reporting, and technical accounting. The content of the discipline includes a focus on data analysis and assesses topics such as financial risk management and planning techniques.

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 50
  • Task based Simulations: 7

This discipline focuses on technology and business controls. It is designed for candidates interested in assurance or advisory services related to business processes, information systems, information security, and IT audits.

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 82
  • Task based Simulations: 6

The TCP discipline includes taxation topics, which involve more advanced individual and entity tax compliance. Candidates interested in personal financial planning, entity planning, inclusions in gross income, and taxation compliance should take this discipline.

  • Section Time: 4 Hours
  • Multiple Choice Questions: 68
  • Task based Simulations: 7