In AAHRPP’s payment model, incentives are provided to organizations that pay their application fee prior to submitting their Step One Application. AAHRPP guarantees an application fee through the end of the following year for organizations that prepay. If their accreditation process extends beyond December, when AAHRPP usually increases their fee, the organization does not owe additional money to AAHRPP. However, if the Organization does not submit an application by the end of the following year, they simply pay any difference in the fee between the year in which it submits an application and the year through which the fee is guaranteed. Furthermore, financial incentives notwithstanding, organizations should consider the prepayment option as it also provides them direct assistance from members of the AAHRPP staff as they prepare for accreditation.