Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) Accreditation Fees

The Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) maintains an established fee schedule to support the operations of the accreditation program for applicant, candidate and accredited graduate education programs.

Application fees must be submitted at the time of application (payable to ASHA). Invoices for candidacy and initial accreditation site visits are sent after the visit has been conducted. Annual fees are set on a calendar fiscal year and CAA-accredited and candidate programs are invoiced accordingly.

Institutions that have accredited programs in audiology and speech-language pathology with different accreditation cycles (e.g., 8 years and 5 years) will be charged the annual fee for the shorter cycle. This policy has been in effect since January 1, 2007.

The charge for the site visit fee as part of a re-accreditation review is prorated over 5 or 8 years, depending on a program's accreditation cycle, and is included in the annual fee. This policy has been in place for several years in response to programs' wishes to distribute the costs evenly over the accreditation period, rather than have additional site visit charges in the year of an accreditation review.

Renewal of accreditation status is dependent upon timely payment of annual accreditation fees.

Increase to Application Fees Approved

After thoughtful consideration of input received during the Spring 2014 comment period and in consideration of budget projections for the next few years, the CAA voted to increase the application fees. The new candidacy application fee will go into effect on January 1, 2015. The new initial accreditation application fee will go into effect on January 1, 2016.

Please note—programs that are currently accredited and are submitting applications for continued accreditation or annual reports are not affected by the fees increase. However, programs that apply for initial accreditation with the CAA, including those programs currently in candidacy, will be assessed the fee in effect on its submission date. 

Please direct any inquiries about the CAA's accreditation fees or invoicing to

CAA Accreditation Fee Schedule1

Category Current Fee New Fee
Application Fee:
Candidacy $8,000 (as of January 1, 2015)  
Initial Accreditation
$6,000 (as of January 1, 2016)
Site Visit Fee:2
Candidacy Site Visit (3 persons, 2 days) $4,200  
Initial Accreditation: Single Program (3 persons, 2 days) $4,200  

Initial Accreditation: Dual Program [Audiology and SLP] (4 persons, 2 days)

Annual Fee:3
Single Program, 8-year Cycle $1,660  
Single Program, 5-year Cycle $1,960  
Dual Programs4 [Audiology and SLP], 8-year cycle $2,380  
Dual Programs [Audiology and SLP], 5-year cycle $2,780  
Candidacy Program5
Program with Approved Satellite/Branch Campus, Distance Education Component, or Contractual Arrangement Residential fee above + $400 for each additional modality/component for each professional area  


1 Last fee increases went into effect January 1, 2011.

2 Based on $1,400 per person per visit (as of January 2010). (If additional days or members are required, site visit fee will be adjusted accordingly. If additional site visits are required outside the routine accreditation, reaccreditation, or candidacy reviews, programs will be assessed an additional site visit fee.)

3 Includes reaccreditation site visit fee, prorated over the 5- or 8-year accreditation cycle.

4 Includes costs for additional site visit team member.

5 Candidacy annual fee does not include pro-rated fee.

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