CPA fees cover exams, the application process, course expenses, the ethics exam and licensing. The total fees amount to roughly $3,000, as of 2015, not including additional costs.
The uniform CPA exams vary by state, but in general they cost between $700 to $800. Application fees also vary by state. For first-time students, the application fees can range from $30 to $200. Return candidates also pay a fee, but it is usually smaller.
Course and review materials can cost between $30 to over $3,000, depending on whether or not the student is purchasing books and study guides or full courses. Applicants can study with books alone, but enrolling in at least one course is usually recommended.
An ethics exam is required in most states and is taken after passing the uniform exam. The ethics exam is typically issued by AICPA and costs roughly $130. Licensing fees are charged after all exams are passed. Depending on the applicant's registered state, licensing fees can range from $50 to $300.
Other fees for attaining a CPA include additional courses, foreign-credential evaluations and miscellaneous costs. Miscellaneous costs include retaking CPA exams and application fees for international students. Travel and accommodation may play a role in the fees if an applicant is studying abroad.