Accreditation Costs and Fees

Application Fees

The ACOE assesses programs seeking accreditation or pre-accreditation an application fee. Application fees for new programs should be submitted with the program's initial self-study and letter of application.  The current application fees follow:

Type of Program
Current application fee per program (through December 31, 2017)
Application fee per program (effective January 1, 2018)
Professional Optometric Degree Programs $25,000 $25,000
Optometric Residency Programs $1,500 $2,500
Optometric Technician Programs $1,500 $2,500

Site Visit Costs

The cost of any on-site visitation to evaluate a professional  optometric degree, optometric residency, or optometric technician program by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education is borne by the institution visited.  Following the visit, the institution will be billed for the expenses of evaluators, consultants, and Council staff.

Annual Accreditation Fees

All accredited programs and programs applying for initial accreditation or pre-accreditation are also charged an annual accreditation fee.  The following is the schedule of the current annual accreditation fees charged to each program and the new fees for 2018, with a 3% increase annually.

Type of program
Current annual fee per program
2018 annual fee per program
Professional Optometric Degree Programs $5,798 $6,500 with 3% annual increase
Optometric Residency Programs $1,160 $1,500 with 3% annual increase
Optometric Technician Programs $1,160 $1,500 with 3% annual increase

Payment of Accreditation Fees and Policy for Non-Payment

All institutions offering programs accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) are expected to adhere to the due date for payment of the annual accreditation fee for each ACOE-accredited program sponsored by the institution.  Invoices are sent in October, and payment is due to the ACOE by January 1 of each year.  Programs are also expected to pay any site visit fees for which they are billed within 90 days of receiving an invoice.  Programs which do not pay their annual fees by February 15 or site visit fees within 90 days of receiving the invoice will be placed on Administrative Probation by the ACOE Administrative Director, in consultation with the ACOE Chair.  The CEO of the institution sponsoring the program and the program director will be notified of this status and informed that the ACOE intends to withdraw the accreditation of the program(s) at its next scheduled meeting if payment is not received.