Fox Accounting

The Accounting Program at the Fox School of Business provides students with a broad education and intensive study within the major as preparation for professional careers in public accounting, cost and managerial accounting, information systems, business consulting, government, and not-for-profit institutions.

Volunteer Information


To assist others with their tax returns as a part of the VITA program you must first pass the online Link-n-Learn test offered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and attend three training sessions in January at the Ambler campus. Visit YouTube to view our VITA video which includes client and student volunteer comments.

Students interested in volunteering without receiving course credit should contact Dr. Balsam directly at

VITA for Credit

It is highly recommended  that volunteer students request to receive course credit for completion of the VITA volunteer work through registration of ACCT 3581 – Co-operative Experience in Accounting, section 101 during the spring semester.

Provided that total credits do not exceed 18 credits for the semester, the course will require no additional cost to a full-time student’s tuition, and the 3.0 credits earned upon completion of the course will count toward the academic requirements of sitting for the CPA exam and becoming licensed.

In addition to meeting the general volunteer requirements, you would be required to show up every Saturday between January 14th (first day of training) and April 8th for tax season in spring 2017.

Download the following documents for a detailed overview of VITA for credit.

Students interested in course credit must complete the following requirements to register for the course:

  • Meet the prerequisite of a grade of B or better in ACCT 3511 – Intermediate Accounting I.
  • Email your TUID number, resume and request for course credit to Dr. Balsam
  • Receive written approval in the form of email or signature from Dr. Balsam

Once approval is granted, students must visit the Fox School of Business Advising Office located in Speakman Hall 101 with the written approval to be registered for the course.  Only an administrator can process the registration for this course.