Student Membership with SCACPA opens up a world of opportunity for students interested in pursuing their CPA. Students join SCACPA for free and have access to the same benefits as our Fellow Members, including access to a professional online network, Chapter social events and our online and print publications. Membership for students is free. What are you waiting for? Join SCACPA today!

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What comes with student membership?

It’s no secret that higher education is expensive. We not only want to talk the talk, but walk the walk when it comes to encouraging students to pursue their CPA. Part of that encouragement begins with our scholarship opportunities. The demand for CPAs is increasing and the number of accounting students is steadily decreasing. We’re here to help with that. More importantly, we exist to set you on the right path and to be a resource for your future. Scholarship submissions close on June 15. Click here to apply.

In addition to scholarship opportunities, as a SCACPA Student Member, you are eligible for multiple exam prep bundles. SCACPA has discounts for Gleim Exam Prep, Roger CPA Review, Surgent CPA Review, Wiley CPAexcel and Yaeger CPA Review. Contact communications@scacpa.org for details on how to receive your discount!

When you join SCACPA, you also join the AICPA and your local chapter. Our eight statewide Chapters put you in touch with your regional legislators, business contacts and leaders in the CPA community. Our chapter officers work hard throughout the year to create professional and social events that will benefit you professionally and socially. Because we want you to be able to make the most of your SCACPA membership, we’ve opened up volunteer opportunities to Student Members. Check out what opportunities we have available here. If you are interested in volunteering, check out our Volunteer Brochure or email communications@scacpa.org.

With our online registration board, it has never been easier to join the discussion, get involved and get the most from your SCACPA membership alongside more than 4,200 accounting professionals. As a student, you can use SCACPA Connect to seek career advice and have a professional answer any of your questions.

The SCACPA Communications Team keeps you up to date on issues affecting the profession. Students have access to our Firm Guide, which allows you to review and assess local internship and employment opportunities. Current Assets, our weekly e-newsletter, brings the headlines to you. When we visit classes or schedule a visit from a member, we always bring additional materials from the AICPA that further express the value of the CPA.

SCACPA Scholarships

We have ample opportunities for qualified accounting students to receive financial help. Higher education can be a financial burden and we want to do everything we can to help put you on the right track to take the CPA exam after graduation.

These awards are intended for juniors, seniors and graduate students. 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 communications@scacpa.org.

Click here to apply. Scholarship submissions close on June 15.

  • 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 3.25 overall
  • GPA in accounting no less than 3.5
  • 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 South Carolina driver’s license or a South Carolina-issued ID card

2018-19 Scholarships

$40,000+
  • 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

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