Accreditation Costs and Fees

Application Fees

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

Type of Program
Application fee per program
Professional Optometric Degree Programs $25,000
Optometric Residency Programs $2,500
Optometric Technician Programs $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, with a 3% increase annually.

Type of program
2019 annual fee per program
Professional Optometric Degree Programs $6695
Optometric Residency Programs $1545
Optometric Technician Programs $1545


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 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.