Role-based opportunities that offer a reduced fee for CFA® Institute Educational Programs

Program scholarships contribute to our mission of promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence. CFA Institute currently offers different types of scholarship opportunities.

Awareness Scholarships

Awareness scholarships are merit or role-based opportunities that offer a reduced fee for CFA Institute educational programs. There are several categories of Awareness Scholarships.

Access Scholarship

For those who may be unable to afford the full price for the CFA Program enrollment and exam registration.


Applicants must meet all CFA Program enrollment requirements

Learn more about Awareness Scholarships, including Access Scholarship.

Women's Scholarship

In support of the CFA Institute Women in Investment Management initiative, we offer scholarships to women around the world.


Women who do not qualify for other CFA Institute scholarships, who are interested in earning the CFA® charter, and who are eligible to enroll in the CFA® Program.

Learn more about Awareness Scholarships, including Women's Scholarship.

Academic: Faculty/Administrator/Student Scholarship

Eligible faculty/administrator applicants

Full-time college/university professors or administrators/department heads who teach a minimum number of credit hours at qualified institutions.

Eligible student applicants

Full-time students attending a school in our University Recognition Program or one of our CFA® Program partner schools.

CFA® Program Awareness Scholarships CIPM® Scholarship

Regulator Scholarship


Full-time, qualified employees of entities that supervise or regulate the operations, standards of practice or business conduct of the investment management industry and who wish to enroll in the CFA® Program or CIPM® Program.

To learn more and/or confirm if your organization is a program participant or qualifies to become a participant, please email us at scholarships@cfainstitute.org with the following information:

  • The name of your organization
  • Your role within the organization
  • A link to your organization’s website

Media Scholarship


Full-time employees of media organizations that communicate and distribute financial news, data, and education.

Learn more about Awareness Scholarships, including the CFA® Program Media Scholarship.