Accreditation Costs

Our accreditation activities are considered the gold standard around the world and we provide these services at the lowest possible cost. Accreditation fees vary for programs located within the United States and outside of the United States.

Fee schedules are subject to change from one cycle to the next and the updated versions are posted on our website every April.

For a detailed breakdown of costs, see the following fee schedules. You'll find a general explanation of the fee schedules below.

Explanation of the Accreditation Fees

There are two different kinds of costs associated with ABET accreditation:

  1. accreditation review fees, which are charged when ABET conducts any type of accreditation review of a program
  2. annual maintenance fees, which are charged every year for each accredited program

Accreditation Review Fees

Accreditation review fees are charged for readiness reviews, on-site reviews and interim report reviews.  These fees cover the expenses incurred during a review and its associated on-site visit, if any. (Readiness reviews and interim report reviews do not require an on-site visit.)

Invoices for readiness reviews for the 2012 - 2013 cycle will be issued in April. Beginning with the 2013 - 2014 cycle, invoices for readiness reviews will be issued in November. Invoices for on-site reviews and interim report reviews are issued in May.  All invoices are due within 30 days of invoicing.

Readiness Review Fees

Readiness reviews are required for programs seeking initial accreditation in a commission for which the institution has no current ABET-accredited programs. The readiness review will help ABET determine whether an institution is ready to submit a formal Request for Evaluation (RFE) for that program. Each program that is cleared to undergo a full review will receive a credit to be applied toward the on-site review fees for the immediate upcoming cycle only.

On-site Review Fees

On-site reviews are required for:

  • programs new to ABET undergoing an initial review;
  • programs undergoing general reviews, and;
  • programs undergoing interim reviews that include an on-site visit.

The fee for an on-site review is based upon the size of the review team. Each review team includes a team chair from each commission that has responsibility for the program or programs undergoing review. ABET charges a base fee per team chair per commission. The visit team also includes a varying number of program evaluators. Typically, two program evaluators are required for one single program visit and one program evaluator is required per program for a visit involving multiple programs.

Programs outside the United States will also be invoiced after the on-site visit for reimbursement of actual travel expenses generated by the review team. Please note that ABET permits its review teams to travel business class if one international leg alone is equal or greater than six hours. All teams travelling outside the U.S. will book non-refundable tickets regardless of the seating class.

Potential additional costs for programs outside of the U.S. - ABET requires that institutions and programs outside the U.S. maintain the welfare and safety of ABET review team members when hosting the team in the institution's country for any official ABET business. Thus, the following support must be provided:

  • airport pick-up and escort;
  • daily ground transportation between the visit location and the hotel, restaurants and other locations;
  • lodging; and
  • any necessary activity or action that can strengthen the ABET review team’s safety in the institution’s country.

Interim Report Review Fees

When accredited programs undergo interim report reviews, the on-site visit is not required. The review fee is assessed based on the number of programs undergoing review.

Annual Maintenance Fees

Annual maintenance fees, issued every October, only apply to accredited programs and are due within 30 days of invoicing. They cover the cost of maintaining the updated records of accreditation status and support administrative operations.

For programs within the United States not aligned with a lead professional society and for all programs outside the United States, an additional curricular fee is also assessed on an annual basis. Maintenance fees are invoiced each year regardless of whether a review is being conducted.


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