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Information For Students

Information For Students

How to Apply

Follow the steps below to open your Paper Trading account:

Your professor or instructor will send you an email invitation to open a Paper Trading account. Follow the instructions in the email.

Paper Trading accounts will be approved and activated within 1-3 business days. You can check the status of your account by logging into Account Management from the LOG IN menu on our website using your IB username/password.


As a student, you will trade on your own but your instructor can also trade for you when necessary.

Products and Features

You can trade most US options, stocks, bonds, and Forex products.

More information about all products

Use most IB order types, and experiment with almost every aspect of the platform. Please see the Resource Center tab for links to reference and educational materials.

More information about Order Types and Algos

Note that TWS provides full access while other portals may support limited product and order types.

Commissions, Margin and Trade Execution

IB standard commissions and margin rules apply (charged in paper trading equity). Trades entered into the paper trading account will not actually execute on any exchange or settle at a clearing house, but the executions price will be determined by real market prices and sizes.

Account Management

Manage your account in Account Management, which is accessible from the Login menu on our website using your IB username and password.

The following functions are available:
  • Account cash equity reset. All cash resets will appear on the user's statement. Only the professor can reset the cash equity in a student's account.
  • Password change. Record your username and password as this cannot be reset or retrieved by IB. You can change it in Account Management.


Our reporting features let you easily monitor your trading activity:
  • Generate Activity Statements in HTML,PDF or Excel format. Statements can be daily or cover a custom range of dates.
  • Create Activity Flex Queries to build customized statements with specific fields, customizable field order and time period.
  • Use Trade Confirms Flex Queries to build customized Trade Confirmation reports with specific fields, customizable field order, and time period.

See our Reporting Guide for detailed information about statements and other reporting features.

On Demand Learning

We offer an extensive program of free trader webinars. Part of Traders' University, our one-stop education center, webinars allow you to watch, listen, and ask questions from your home or office computer as our webinar instructors clearly describe our technology, trading, and markets around the world. All of our webinars are recorded so if you can't attend a live webinar, you can experience it on demand at your own convenience.


Our extensive program of free, live webinars let you participate form the comfort of your home or office.

Live Webinars

Webinar Notes

Access the PDF-formatted webinar notes from our IB Student Trading Lab webinar by clicking the following button.

webinar notes

Traders' University

In addition to our live and recorded webinars, we offer a variety of interactive tours and courses and other education resources at Traders' University.

Trader' University

Account Expiration

Make a note of the date your account will expire so that you can archive your statements and other information before the account is closed.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this program, or any issues with the application or Paper Trading account setup, send us an email.


Please do not contact IBKR Client Services or the Technical Assistance Group as they do not support the Trading Lab.