Dues Schedule

Each candidate or accredited institution shall pay annual dues based on enrollment (Full-Time Equivalent or FTE) according to the following schedule.

FTE (Full-Time Equivalency) Public and Non-Public Institutions Federal Institutions
**From 10 to 137 $2,750 $2,470
138 – 276 $3,000 $2,700
277 – 415 $3,220 $2,890
416 – 553 $3,500 $3,150
554 – 692 $3,840 $3,450
693 – 1,039 $4,240 $3,810
1,040 – 1,386 $4,620 $4,150
1,387 – 2,079 $5,240 $4,710
2,080 – 2,773 $5,730 $5,150
2,774 – 4,160 $6,340 $5,700
4,161 – 6,934 $7,230 $6,500
6,935 – 13,869 $8,210 $7,380
More Than 13,869 $9,180 $8,260

* – One FTE is equal to 900 student contact clock hours, 45 quarter credit hours, or 30 semester credit hours.
** – Institutions with less than 10 FTE are not eligible for candidate status with the Council on Occupational Education (see Eligibility Requirements).

Branch Campus Dues

In addition to the annual dues based on total enrollment (FTE for each branch campus added to the FTE of the main campus), all candidate and accredited non-military institutions shall pay $500 annual dues for each branch campus. All candidate and accredited military institutions shall pay $250 annual dues for each branch campus. (Exemption:  For institutions in candidate or accredited status with the Commission on June 30, 1985, branches in operation on that date are exempt from the $500 branch campus dues.)

Annual Payment

Payment of annual dues for candidate and accredited institutions must be made upon receipt of an invoice from the Council on Occupational Education. Invoices are transmitted prior to July 1 of each year. Annual dues are for the fiscal year July 1 – June 30 and are due July 1.

Refund Policy

No refund of annual dues is made to a candidate or accredited institution.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) is a unit of measurement used by the Commission to define the amount of scheduled instruction that equates to one full-time student during one academic year. The Commission defines an FTE as 900 contact (clock) hours, 45 quarter credit hours, or 30 semester credit hours of scheduled instruction. The clock or credit hours used to calculate an institution’s FTE must reflect coursework in which a student has enrolled and matriculated. The FTE does not include hours or credits transferred from other institutions or awarded as CLEP courses. (See the Policies and Rules of the Commission for a discussion of the rationale for this definition.)

Cost of Institutional Evaluations

Institutions must reimburse the Council for all costs of institutional team visits (i.e., team visits for candidacy, initial accreditation, reaffirmation of accreditation, focused review, and substantive changes). Reimbursable items include the cost of transportation, lodging, and meals for visiting team members and staff members and/or Commission representatives. Specific procedures regarding deposits, reimbursement, and travel regulations are presented in the Policies and Rules of the Commission.


Fees shall be assessed according to the schedule below. All fees shall be non-refundable. Other fees apply to substantive changes.

Application for Candidate for Accreditation $1,500
Warning Status $500
Probation Status $750
Show Cause Order $1,000
Focused Review Visit $750
Notice of Intent to Appeal $5,000
Reprocessing any Insufficient Application, Report, or Response $250
Initial Accreditation $1,000
Renewal of Accreditation $1,000
Substantive Change Team Visit Deposit $3,000
Non-Public Institution Candidate Team Visit Deposit $3,000
Non-Public Institution Accreditation Team Visit Deposit $5,000
Third-Party Reviews (see Policies and Rules for audit reviews) $1,500


Failure to pay dues, fees, penalties, or any charges due within 30 days of due date 10% of the amount due
Failure to pay fees, penalties, or any charges within 60 days of due date 20% of the amount due
Failure to provide annual report or other report by due date $2,000
Failure to attend a workshop required by policy or action of the Commission within the specified time period $2,000
Failure to disclose a substantive change to the Commission $1,500
Failure to host a substantive change site visit within 180 days $1,500


The Council requires deposits for certain substantive changes, accreditation team visits, and appeal board hearings. Unused funds on deposit for those activities will be applied toward any outstanding debt an institution owes the Council.