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The Illinois CPA Society

Current students enjoy free membership with the Illinois CPA Society. Visit the ICPAS website for more details.

The Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS), with more than 24,000 members, is a statewide, professional membership organization dedicated to enhancing the value of the CPA profession. Founded in 1903, ICPAS is the fourth largest state CPA society in the nation. ICPAS represents Illinois CPAs in public accounting and consulting, corporate accounting and finance, government and not-for-profit organizations as well as three affiliate member groups: students, educators and related finance professionals.

Student Affiliate members are non-CPAs who are pursuing their undergraduate degree in business (accounting, finance, economics) at an approved college or university accruing hours to qualify to take the CPA Exam or who have achieved their undergraduate degree and are taking additional (5th year) coursework to accrue enough hours to qualify to take the CPA Exam.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the world's largest member association representing the accounting profession, with nearly 386,000 members in 128 countries and a 125-year heritage of serving the public interest. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations and federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning, fraud and forensics, business valuation and information technology.

Student membership provides access to apply for scholarships, special discounts on conferences, exclusive offers and discounts through the member benefits program, access to AICPA news and more.

Established in 1941, the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with global headquarters in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The IIA is the internal audit profession's global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate and principal educator. Generally, members work in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, a information technology audit, education and security.

The Institute of Management Accountants is the worldwide association for accountants and financial professionals working in business. IMA committed to helping you — and more than 60,000 members — to expand your professional skills, better manage your organization and enhance your career. IMA's mission is to provide a forum for research, practice development, education, knowledge sharing, and the advocacy of the highest ethical and best business practices in management accounting and finance.

As an IMA Student member, you can learn about the role of accountants and financial managers in business and explore your career options. IMA offers Student Members access to many of the benefits of regular Professional Members at a significantly reduced rate of $39. The benefits of a student membership are available worldwide.

The ACFE is the world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with nearly 65,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession.

Student membership provides reduced membership dues with full access to all member resources, online career resources, article archives, member-exclusive publications and special student pricing for the CFE Exam Prep Course.

The mission of the AGA is to carry out an educational responsibility of enhancing public financial management and accountability. The Chapter serves the public interests of financial managers and auditors from local, state and federal governments from the Chicago area. AGA members, who number more than 16,000, are local finance directors, state auditors, federal chief financial officers, academicians and private sector leaders.

The national organization works to develop programs and services for members that are larger in scale and generally outside the scope of a local chapter. Through education, research, publications, certification and conferences, AGA reaches thousands of professionals and offers more than 100,000 continuing professional education (CPE) hours annually.

Student Member ($30/year) - This class of membership is available to full-time college/university students who are not yet gainfully employed. Any student who is gainfully employed with less than three years of experience will be considered Early Career.