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. The CAA reserves the right to collect all outstanding fees in the event the program has not been billed during the applicant, candidacy, and accreditation processes, as outlined in the Accreditation Handbook.
Renewal of accreditation status is dependent upon timely payment of annual accreditation fees by programs.
The CAA’s accreditation activities are funded by fees assessed to programs and by a subsidy from ASHA. In accordance with its policies and procedures, the CAA conducts a comprehensive review of its accreditation fee structure and budget planning over a 3–4 year horizon, to ensure the adequacy of its funding and that CAA maintains its fiscal agreement with ASHA. As part of this process, if fee increases are recommended, the CAA provides opportunity for comment before approval and implementation.
In 2021, the CAA conducted its analysis of the accreditation fee structure and budget and determined that a 10% increase in annual and site visit fees was warranted to keep pace with the operational costs of the accreditation program. The proposed fees were circulated for comment in September 2021. After consideration of the comments received, the CAA approved the 10% increase in site visit and annual fees at its February 2022 meeting. The new fees, effective January 1, 2023, are reflected in the fee schedule below.
|Category||Date of Last Increase||Current Fee||2023 Fee|
|Candidacy||2015||$8,000||$8,000 (no change)|
|Initial Accreditation||2016||$6,000||$6,000 (no change)|
|Site Visit Fee:1|
|Candidacy Site Visit
(3 persons; 2 days)
Single Program (3 persons; 2 days)
Dual Program [Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology]
(4 persons; 2 days)
|Dual Programs3 [Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology]:
|Dual Programs4 [Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology]:
|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||Residential fee above + $484 for each additional modality/component for each professional area|
|Notice of Intent Fee:||2022||$2,000||$2,000 (no change)|
1 Current fee based on $1,694 per person per visit beginning in 2023. 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.