CPA Exam Cost

There are different costs and fees associated with taking the CPA Exam that also vary by state.  Stay a step ahead of all the costs by being informed before you start your CPA journey.

While the decision to become a CPA is a great one, we know that many candidates are also looking at a pricey Exam, which can be intimidating especially when they don’t have financial means immediately available. But not to worry. We’ll provide a breakdown of how much it costs to take the CPA Exam, what you can do to alleviate expenses, and why it’s all worth it. Keep in mind that fees vary from state to state. Check our State Requirements page to find out your state’s specific CPA Exam fees and requirements or visit your State Board of Accountancy’s website.

Example of Fees Required for the CPA Exam

CPA Exam Application Fee: $100.00

All first-time applicants are required to pay both an application fee and examination fee (which is listed below) when they submit their application to take the CPA Exam for the first time. Application fees can be anywhere from $30-$200, depending on the state.

CPA Exam Reapplication Fee: $50.00

For all re-examination candidates, instead of paying the application fee, they are required to pay both the reapplication and examination fee when they register to re-take any parts of the CPA Exam. This is sometimes also called the “registration fee.”

Some states will offer reapplication candidates with the choice of retaking 2 or more exams at a discounted price. For example, in California, the reapplication fee is a flat $50 in addition to the exam part(s) the candidate wants to retest. But in some states, like Missouri, candidates can pay the following reapplication fee in addition to the state’s examination fees: 

4 CPA Exam sections$124.00
3 CPA Exam sections$108.00
2 CPA Exam sections$92.00
1 CPA Exam sections$71.00

CPA Examination Fees: $734.10

Most states use the CPA Exam fee schedule set by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Again, using California as an example, the total for all 4 parts of the exam is $734.10. A breakdown of how much each part of the exam costs is below:

AUD (Auditing & Attestation)$193.45
BEC (Business Environment & Concepts)$193.45
FAR (Financial Accounting & Reporting)$173.60
REG (Regulation)$173.60

CPA Exam Review Course Expenses: $1,500 on average

And of course, finally, there is the expense of a CPA Exam review course.  Review courses vary by price, but candidates can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 - $3,000 depending on which review course is used. 

Be sure to think positively. Remember the CPA Exam is largely a mental game of strength. So, the more positive you remain, the more success you will have. Remember, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Passing the CPA Exam is a challenge you can and will conquer if you believe in your yourself, put in the hours to study, and set yourself up for success!

CPA Exam Approximate Total Cost: $2,334.10

It’s important to keep in mind that the CPA Exam total cost is an approximate and based on a sample fee scale for the state of California, calculated by using the average cost of a CPA Exam review course. In actuality, the total cost for the CPA Exam will vary from state to state.

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Feeling overwhelmed about paying for the CPA Exam?

No need to let the total cost of the CPA Exam be intimidating. There are always options and several ways that candidates can alleviate their total CPA Exam related expenses. Also, with the ability to Study Now, Pay Later with Roger CPA Review, it’s now possible to buy all of your CPA Exam review products using fixed monthly payments. This allows you to focus on your studies without being overburdened with financial decisions. Finally, becoming a CPA is one the most rewarding decision you’ll make for yourself both personally and professionally, so keep things in perspective when it comes to CPA Exam costs. The price you pay now will be worth it in the long run.

CPA Exam Cost & Fees Q & A

Many firms reimburse candidates after successfully passing each part or the entire CPA Exam. Whether or not your firm will pay for your CPA Review materials depends on the firm. If you are unsure if your firm will reimburse you for CPA review materials, then ask your employer.