5th Year Accounting Scholarship


  • Minimum Award $3,000 (Fall $1,500/Spring $1,500)

  • Maximum Award $7,500 (Fall $3,750/Spring $3,750)

  • Based on Financial Aid need, which is determined by submitting a FAFSA.


  • Resident of Texas

  • Complete and file a FAFSA application, which is available at http:www.fafsa.ed.gov and demonstrate financial need

  • Must have filed an Application of Intent with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy ($50 fee)

  • Complete an Application for the Fifth-year Accounting Student Scholarship

  • Enrolled in at least a half-time basis (6 credit hours or more)

  • Satisfactory Academic Progress in the student’s program of study and meets the scholastic ability and performance standards as measured in the cumulative grade point average; not less than a 2.0 GPA

  • A cumulative grade point average that is equal to or greater than the grade point average required for graduation (equal to or greater than a 2.0)

  • Have registered for the Selective Service or are exempt from this requirement

  • Completed at least 120 credit hours of college work, including at least 15 hours of upper level accounting

  • Must need fewer than 30 semester hours to complete the 150 semester hour;

  • Student has not received this award in a prior year and

  • Not taken the CPA examination in Texas or another jurisdiction.

Educational requirements to take the CPA examination:

  • 150 semester hours of college credit

  • 30 semester hours of upper level accounting courses

  • 24 semester hours of upper level business courses

  • 3 semester hours of a Board-approved ethics course

Scholarship Application Process:

Step 1

Must demonstrate financial need by completing the 2012-2013 FASFA and submitting a valid SAR to DCCCD by deadline, must have financial aid need of at least $1,500 to qualify. (Not eligible if your need is below the minimum requirement).

Step 2

Submit an Application of Intent to take the CPA examination to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (applications cannot be considered until a copy of the Acknowledgement from TSBPA is submitted to the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office for review. The TSBA’s web link to access the Application of Intent is listed below: www.tsbpa.state.tx.us/exam-qualification/applications-application-of-intent.html

Step 3

Submit an Application for the Fifth-year Accounting Student Scholarship Program to the DCCCD Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to complete Section 2.

Step 4

Submit a copy of your Acknowledgement Notice from the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, including your Application after Sections 1 and 2 have been completed by the Accounting Discipline Chair to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Availability Date: August 15th
Deadline: March 29th or sooner, if  funds are exhausted.
Application: Download Application

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