The accounting and finance community does a great job of nurturing the talent of future practitioners, and many times an influential industry publication will offer discounted student subscription rates to accommodate students’ academic needs and limited budgets. Accountancy publications provide practitioners and academics with information about the latest issues and news related to the discipline. Students find practical solutions to the most prominent industry challenges that are presented within their case study based programs. Being informed through the review of industry publications also prepares them for networking events and job interviews. An accountancy student who wants to one day become a company controller should read what today’s controllers read. Here is a mix of accountancy publications for students and industry leaders that offer special student subscription rates.

The CPA Journal

The CPA Journal, established in the 1930s, is published by the New York State Society of CPAs to promote the dissemination of industry information that affects CPAs. The high quality articles provided by the CPA Journal include a number of topics like auditing, taxation, financial planning and professional ethics. The CPA Journal has a team of editors, who are also CPAs by profession, that review and approve articles that include industry news, breaking developments in accountancy and reviews of books. These submissions could come from interested industry practitioners or they could be adaptations of doctoral students’ theses. Students who want to access current and archived CPA Journal articles, available in print and digital forms, can either subscribe or join the New York State Society of CPAs. For example, a student can join the organization as an associate student member for $20 a year which offers full access to the CPA Journal articles, mentor programs with current New York CPAs and CPA exam review help.

New Accountant

The New Accountant is an industry bulletin that specifically targets accountancy students, new graduates and recently licensed CPAs. Featured articles include topics on CPA exam review tips, career development, accountancy specialty areas and ethics. The digital broadcast also includes industry news articles like announcements of changes to CPA exam structure, scholarship opportunities, special industry awards and regulatory updates. College seniors and graduate students can access the full online library of articles and white papers for a yearly discounted subscription rate of $35. Alternately, recently licensed CPAs can subscribe to the New Accountant at a yearly rate of $85.

The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is one of the classic publications for business professionals who work in economics, finance, accountancy and management. The Journal is likely to be read by senior corporate leaders as well as the next generation of accounting professionals. It provides a broad mix of industry news and opinion pieces by experts in a variety of business specialty areas. These offerings are just what students need to understand the issues and challenges that affect their chosen career field. The Wall Street Journal runs specials for student subscribers, but their regularly discounted student rates are about 75 percent less than regular rates.


Successful accountants learn early that maintaining a competitive edge in their career field means going above and beyond, and they likely develop this mindset during their undergraduate years. Purchasing a student subscription to at least one accounting publication can help future accountants effectively and affordably extend their educational experiences beyond the standard classroom.