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CAA Fees

Accreditation Handbook—Chapter IX: Financial Support of Accreditation


The 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 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 by programs.

CAA Proposes New Notice of Intent Fee for Developing Programs

The proposed fee of $2,000 is to support the additional time and efforts of the CAA and staff as part of the pre-submission processes. If approved, the fee would be assessed to developing programs and payable when the program files its Notice of Intent to apply for candidacy with the CAA. This fee is separate from any application fee. The CAA is proposing an implementation date of January 1, 2022. The CAA will not retroactively assess the new fee for any developing programs that submitted its notice prior to the implementation date.

In accordance with CAA policy, we are inviting comment on the proposed fee. If you would like to make any comments, please provide them online by Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

Review of Accreditation Fees

The CAA conducts a comprehensive review of its accreditation fee structure and budget planning over a 3-4 year horizon as required by its policies, to ensure that the CAA maintains its fiscal agreement with ASHA. The last review in 2018 resulted, after opportunity for input from programs and key stakeholders, in a 10% increase in site visit and annual fees, effective January 2020.

Summary of Approved Increases in Accreditation Fees

  • Application Fees—In 2014, the CAA approved increases to application fees:
    • New candidacy application fee went into effect January 1, 2015
    • New initial accreditation application fee went into effect January 1, 2016
    • No changes for 2020
  • Site Visit Fees—In 2018, the CAA approved an increase for 2020; last increase was in 2011
  • Annual Fees—In 2018, the CAA approved increases to annual fees for 2020; last increase was in 2017

CAA Accreditation Fee Schedule

Category Date of Last Increase Current Fee
Application Fee:
Candidacy 2015 $8,000
Initial Accreditation 2016 $6,000
Site Visit Fee:1
Candidacy Site Visit
(3 persons; 2 days)
2020 $4,620
Initial Accreditation:
Single Program (3 persons; 2 days)
2020 $4,620
Initial Accreditation:
Dual Program [Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology]
(4 persons; 2 days)
2020 $6,160
Annual Fee:2
Single Program:
8-year Cycle
2020 $2,101
Single Program:
5-year Cycle
2020 $2,431
Dual Programs3 [Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology]:
8-year Cycle
2020 $3,151
Dual Programs4 [Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology]:
5-year Cycle
2020 $3,646
Candidacy Program5 2020 $2,431
Program With Approved Satellite/Branch
Campus Distance Education Component or Contractual Arrangement
2020 Residential fee above + $440 for each additional modality/component for each professional area

1 Current fee based on $1,540 per person per visit beginning in 2020. 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.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

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About the CAA

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) accredits eligible clinical doctoral programs in audiology and master's degree programs in speech-language pathology. The CAA relies on a dedicated corps of volunteers serving as Council members and site visitors to accomplish the work of the accreditation program.

Contact the CAA

Questions and/or requests for information about accreditation or the CAA can be directed to:

The Council on Academic Accreditation in
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850

800-498-2071

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