Why Be A CPA

Career versatility, job security, and a nice paycheck are advantages of being a CPA, but what else is there?

Learn more about what it means to be CPA.


The NC CPA Foundation is now accepting applications for 2018 student scholarships!

Here are the important dates to keep in mind:

  • Application window: September 1 through November 2
  • Scholarship winners will be announced by December 7
  • Funds will be disbursed by December 31

3 Levels of Available Scholarships

We expect to award scholarships to selected students who qualify at the following levels:

  • $1,500 for community college students
  • $2,000 for undergraduate students
  • $2,500 for graduate students

Learn more about each of the three levels of scholarships. The Foundation anticipates awarding more than $100,000 in scholarships in 2018, so apply today! Prior scholarship recipients have gone on to manage successful accounting firms, enhance the financial operations at businesses across the state, explore entrepreneurial ventures, and influence future graduates with a career in academia. If you are interested in pursuing a career in accounting, we highly encourage you to apply today!

Ready to Apply?

If you are applying for a scholarship, you’ll be asked to provide information demonstrating that you possess specific traits or have the potential to develop them as part of the criteria used in the selection/award process. The Foundation also awards some of its scholarships based on financial need and diversity.

By clicking on the link below, you will be directed to an online application, which was recently updated. It will require you to create a separate account where you will be able to track the status of your application.

Please note that if you are not currently a student member of NCACPA, by submitting your scholarship application, you will automatically be enrolled as one, at no cost to you. Refer to our privacy policy for any questions you may have as to NCACPA’s practices in term of sharing, or not sharing, your data.

Wondering what to expect now that the next version of the CPA exam has launched?

The new version of the CPA exam launched April 1, 2017. We’re here to answer your questions about those changes.



Five NCACPA student members, representing many of North Carolina’s colleges and universities, went straight to the source and asked Rick Niswander, PhD, CPA, CGMA, what they can expect and how best to prepare. Dr. Niswander played an instrumental role in the exam changes during his time as chair of the AICPA Board of Examiners.

To watch the full-length video, simply click the play button to get started. We’ve also created a library of quick-hit videos below that focus on a single question, allowing you to quickly access what interests you the most.

Get your questions answered about the next version of the CPA Exam
by watching these videos:

New Items

Study Tactics

TBS Questions

Work Experience

Credit for Past Sections

Validity of Past Scores

Scoring Consistency


Score Report

Re-Sitting Timeframe


Recommended Order

Section Overlap