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The first step in becoming a CPA is to complete your higher education. Graduating from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university is strongly recommended.

Understanding Education


Initial Credit Hours

These hours are equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and are required by all states before you sit for the Uniform CPA Exam.


Additional Credit Hours

These hours are required by all boards of accountancy to be licensed as a CPA, and may be taken through a graduate accounting program (although not required).

State & Territory Requirements

Additional or unique education requirements for licensure are determined by each state or jurisdiction board of accountancy. Please review your state's requirements.

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College is the perfect time to start preparing for your journey to CPA licensure. Don't miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of your accounting department's and state CPA society’s resources and networking opportunities. You also qualify for a number of financial support opportunities for dedicated students who are already committed to pursuing CPA licensure. And it's never too early to make a plan for the 30 additional credit hours, or determine where you’re going to sit for the exam.

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Money for school

There are plenty of ways to get help paying for school, including scholarships, loans, and even programs that let you earn money while getting work experience.

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Maximize your education

College is about more than just completing your required courses—it's an opportunity to give yourself a head start in your career in accounting.

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AICPA Legacy Scholarships

The AICPA is looking for scholarship applicants who are declared accounting, finance or related majors and intend to pursue the CPA license. Check out full program eligibility requirements and learn how to apply.