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.)
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.
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|
|Show Cause Order||$1,000|
|Focused Review Visit||$750|
|Notice of Intent to Appeal||$5,000|
|Reprocessing any Insufficient Application, Report, or Response||$250|
|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.