Student Membership

Show companies you’re serious about your future and become a student member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Find the professional support you need through savings and scholarships, customized career resources and the latest educational training. All new student members receive a download of the current Fraud Examiners Manual.

Shape Your Future Now

Begin your anti-fraud career by taking advantage of these unique opportunities:

  • Earn your Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential at a special student rate – Increase your marketability and show you have the skills necessary to succeed in the anti-fraud profession. Check out the Student Certification Package.
  • Visit the Career Center and Job Board – Get career advice for every stage of your career. Post your résumé and search for jobs or internships.
  • Participate in the ACFE Mentoring Program – Work with a fellow ACFE member and seasoned professional, using tailor-made resources from the ACFE.

Build Your Professional Network   

A solid professional network is critical for career growth, and it’s never too soon to start building yours. Being a part of the largest community of anti-fraud professionals means you can look for support from people all over the world. Here’s how: 

  • Join the ACFE online community to share ideas, get answers and inquire about job opportunities.
  • Connect with members in ACFE social media groups.
  • Plug into your local chapter to meet fellow students and anti-fraud professionals in your area. Many chapters offer scholarships, as well as training and networking events. 

Leadership Opportunities

Develop your leadership skills and contribute to the anti-fraud community in the following ways:

  • Join an ACFE student chapter.
  • Form a new ACFE student chapter on your campus.
  • Submit articles for Fraud Magazine® and the ACFE’s blog, ACFE Insights.

Stay Current on All Things Anti-Fraud

Access to current fraud news and anti-fraud resources will give you a competitive advantage at your job interviews – not to mention on papers and projects. As an ACFE member, you’ll receive access to:

  • Extensive article archives.
  • Fraud Magazine® – student members receive online access to the bimonthly publication focused on white-collar crime and the latest fraud examination techniques.
  • E-newsletters, blogs, podcasts, videos and more.
  • Reports such as the Report to the Nations and Compensation Guide.

Access World-Class Training 

Expand your anti-fraud knowledge with expert training in the way you prefer to learn. 

  • Take a fraud examination course. Check out the universities that offer them.
  • Expand your knowledge with our NASBA-compliant self-study CPE courses. 
  • Attend in-person or virtual seminars and conferences.  
  • Attend quarterly, members-only webinars for FREE and earn CPE. 

Save Money and Apply for Scholarships

Get all the benefits of Associate Membership at a much lower cost.

With the Student Membership, I receive daily general forum digest which has greatly helped me to follow up with the newest fraud-related discussion. Membership offers many networking opportunities students can participate in. Lindsay Ren

Student and 2020-2021 Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Winner


Higher Education


Texas, United States

Qualifying for Student Membership is Easy - Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I qualify for Student Membership?

    To qualify for or renew Student Membership, you must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university* for the current semester or session. Qualified candidates are:

    • Undergraduate students: enrolled in at least nine semester hours (or equivalent)
    • Graduate students: enrolled in at least six semester hours (or equivalent)

    Proof of full-time enrollment is required at time of application and renewal and must include the following: 

    • Full name
    • Name of university
    • Current semester
    • Number of semester hours in which you are currently enrolled
    • Enrollment status

    Acceptable proof of enrollment includes:

    • A copy of your current class schedule
    • A letter on university letterhead from a professor, college advisor or the university registrar confirming your enrollment is full-time or stating the number of semester hours in which you are currently enrolled 

    Please note: Enrollment is subject to verification each year. CFEs do not qualify for Student membership.

    *The following organizations are recognized as equivalent college/university qualifying bodies:

    • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
    • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
    • Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI)
    • Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS)

  • Do I have to join at the beginning of a semester or quarter?
    No. Membership is not based on an academic calendar year. You can apply anytime and you will receive 12 months of membership.
  • Should I choose the standard or digital option to receive ACFE member resources?
    It depends on how you would like to receive member resources from the ACFE. Standard delivery means you will receive Fraud Magazine® in both printed and digital form, along with other printed materials like the Resource Guides and the biannual Report to the Nations. If you choose to receive digital delivery, annual student membership dues are reduced; and ACFE resources will be delivered in digital format only.
  • I need my membership number right away. How can I get it?
    You can access your member number online by signing in to Use the email address you provided on your membership application and enter your password. You may also contact a Member Services Representative at 1 (800) 245-3321 or by chat at
  • How do I know if I am eligible to become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)?
    Qualifications for becoming a CFE include having high moral character and meeting minimum professional and academic requirements. Your eligibility for certification is based on a point system, which awards credit for education, professional credentials and fraud-related experience. Read more about the qualifications.
  • I am graduating soon; can I still keep my Student Membership?
    Yes, student status remains until your next renewal, regardless of your graduation date. Upon renewal, proof of full-time enrollment is required to continue Student Membership. Students who no longer qualify are encouraged to apply for Associate Membership.
  • I have not received Fraud Magazine® or other publications.
    Issues of Fraud Magazine® are delivered digitally to the email address on file if you have electronic membership. If your preferred email address has changed or you would like to change to standard Student Membership, contact a Member Services Representative at 1 (800) 245-3321 or by chat at for assistance.
  • I do not remember my login information. How can I get my username and password?
    Click here and click on "Forgot Your Password?" to have your login information emailed to you. Remember, we will use the most current email address on your file. If your email has changed, please contact Member Services for your login information.
  • I am working on a paper and would like to request an interview or further information. Whom do I contact?
    If you are working on an article for a newsletter, newspaper, TV segment or anything designed to be published to the general public, our experienced experts can help you give your stories the edge and depth you need. Email Stefanie Hallgren, Public Information Specialist, at If you are working on a paper or an article for an academic journal that is narrow in scope, please contact
Please note: Students who pass the CFE Exam and become certified will no longer qualify for Student Membership and will pay CFE membership dues upon next renewal.