What Does It Takes to Be A NextGen CPA?

As an undergraduate, your first shot at navigating the job market is just around the corner. Savvy students like you know it’s important to hone your individual strengths in college—and also to persistently apply those talents post-graduation to search for and find the career path that’s right for you.

Looking to carve your niche in a challenging, exciting and financially rewarding profession? Think you need a trust fund and an Ivy League degree to launch an illustrious career in finance? Think again.

Consider a career in the world of accounting, where doors leading to paths of success consistently blow wide open for ambitious entry-level professionals of all backgrounds.

The NYSSCPA knows that as a prospective CPA, the steps you take during and right after college can make or break your success in achieving goals and ensuring you can stake out your place in the future of finance. If you’re considering a CPA career, take advantage of the NYSSCPA’s guidance for undergrads, including the industry’s most in-demand resources, educational opportunities and networking platforms:

  • The Moynihan Fund: A Scholarship Named for Success

    The NYSSCPA’s Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE) purposes funds to relieve some of the financial burden you may face as a new grad with your sights set on earning a CPA license. Formerly known as the Excellence in Accounting Scholarship, the NYSSCPA recently renamed its student aid program in honor of the Society’s recently departed, widely-admired former President David J. Moynihan. Awarded based on financial need and academic achievement, the Moynihan Fund strives to help the next members CPA community follow in the footsteps of leaders like Mr. Moynihan, who prioritized professional quality and integrity above all else.

    Find out more about eligibility requirements and past FAE scholarship winners here. The 2020-2021 application is available now! 

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New for 2020: NYSSCPA Associate Student Membership

NYSSCPA  membership is FREE for accounting students. What better way to keep ahead of the curve than by joining a society of CPA professionals even before you become their official career peers? Apply here.

Associate Student Member Benefits:

To apply online, click here.

To request an application form by mail, contact the Membership Department at 1-(800) NYSSCPA.

For further information about the dues structure, click here.

Useful Links for Students

  • Beta Alpha Psi: The premier national financial honors fraternity for financial information professionals. This comprehensive site boasts a stacked calendar of events, chapter handbook, available scholarships and job links.
  • BestColleges.com: The most affordable online master's in accounting programs: Online master’s in accounting programs can set graduates up for a wide array of career choices, including tax auditing, corporate management, financial information systems, investigative or forensic accounting, and more. The field is growing, and accountants and auditors are expected to enjoy a boom in demand.
  • Salary information: An accounting career offers competitive entry-level salaries and long-term growth potential, especially for candidates who have earned a CPA designation.

Benefits of Membership

Becoming a student member of the NYSSCPA provides you with tools to help you start your career.

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MSF Scholarships

The NYSSCPA awards scholarships to students in accounting programs at colleges and universities across New York State.

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Campus Liaisons

Professors at over 40 colleges and universities in New York State serve as liaisons to assist students in applying for NYSSCPA membership.

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