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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. Information about budget planning and accreditation fees can be found in the Accreditation Handbook—see Chapter IX Financial Support of Accreditation.

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

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

Summary of Approved Increases in Accreditation Fees

  • Application Fees – In 2014, the CAA approved increases to application fees. The new candidacy application fee went into effect on January 1, 2015. The new initial accreditation application fee will go into effect on January 1, 2016.
  • Site Visit Fees – The last increase to site visit fees went into effect January 1, 2011.
  • Annual Fees – In 2015, the CAA approved increases to annual fees that will go into effect January 1, 2017.

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

CAA Accreditation Fee Schedule  

Category Current Fee New Fee
Application Fee:
Candidacy $8,000


Initial Accreditation (New fee will go into effect January 1, 2016.)


Site Visit Fee:1

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:2 (New fees will go into effect January 1, 2017.)

Single Program, 8-year Cycle $1,660


Single Program, 5-year Cycle



Dual Programs3 [Audiology and SLP], 8-year cycle $2,380


Dual Programs4 [Audiology and SLP], 5-year cycle



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 N/A


1 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.

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

3 Includes costs for additional site visit team member.

4 Includes costs for additional site visit team member. 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.

5 Candidacy annual fee does not include site visit fees; site visit fees are invoiced separately.

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