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The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language Clinic charges a nominal fee and does offer fee support on a sliding fee scale.

Each Clinical Program has an access fee to help defray the administrative cost.  Individuals are welcome to participate in more than one program, but they are responsible for paying the Program fee for each program in which they participate. Program Access fees are non-refundable. The fees listed are subject to change. The clinic does offer a fee support program.  Information on applying for fee support is below the information on program fees.

The Robert F. Pierce Clinic is not an enrolled Medicare provider and, by law, is not permitted to provide skilled services to Medicare beneficiaries at this time. If you are a Medicare beneficiary and would like information about Medicare providers in the area, please feel free to contact the clinic for information at 218-726-8199. The Clinic does not bill insurance. 

Program Fees:

Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic programs are available to individuals at the following program access fees: 

EVALUATION
Speech and Language Diagnostic Evaluations Free
Hearing Evaluation $100.00
Hearing Re-Evaluation $100.00
Consultation (Hearing or Speech-Language) $50.00

THERAPY PROGRAMS
Therapy Per 14-week University Semester $400.00
Maintenance Therapy (post-therapy follow-up) $100.00
Group Therapy Program $200.00
Interact! Program $100.00
Summer Therapy Program $100.00
Socialize! Support Program Free

Exceptions to the posted Program Fees:

  • The Robert F. Pierce Clinic is not an enrolled Medicare provider and, by law, is not permitted to provide skilled services to Medicare beneficiaries at this time. If you are a Medicare beneficiary and would like information about Medicare providers in the area, please feel free to contact the clinic for information at 218-726-8199.
  • For faculty, staff, and students who are NOT Medicare beneficiaries:
    • FULL TIME UMD faculty, staff and students who are NOT Medicare beneficiaries will be charged at a rate of 50% of the customary fee for all services.  If faculty or students are Medicare beneficiaries, the clinic is unable to provide services.
    • RETIRED former full-time faculty in the UMD College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) who are NOT Medicare beneficiares, will have speech and language program fees waived.    This waiver applies only to speech and language services.  Fees would still be collected for audiological services as these services are not included in the waiver.  If the retired faculty member is a Medicare beneficiary, the clinic is unable to provide services.
  • Fee Support is available. If payment of these fees presents a financial hardship, clients may make special arrangements or apply for financial assistance. The RFP Clinic does not process insurance forms/payments. 
  • Certain groups and clinic services are grant-funded and the Program Access Fee is waived.

Fee Support:

Policy: The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has financial assistance available to individuals with limited financial means.  This financial assistance program is possible through the generous contributions of the Edwin Eddy Foundation and other private donors.

Program Eligibility: Reduced program fees are based on household income and family size.

  • Family is defined as a householder and one or more people living together in the same household, including a spouse, significant other, dependent children or adults who benefit from the combined household income. Roommates are not considered family.
  • Income includes earnings, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance, veterans’ payments, survivor benefits, pension or retirement income, interest, dividends, rents, royalties, income from estates, trusts and educational assistance, alimony, child support, assistance from outside the household, and other miscellaneous sources. Noncash benefits, such as food stamps and housing subsidies, do not count.

The clinic uses a sliding fee scale based on US Income Guidelines, as well as documentation  on income and household size provided by the applicant,  to determine individual eligibility for support.  Use of the US Income Guidelines and applicant documentation allows for fair and consistent distribution of available fee support.   The sliding fee scale is updated annually to reflect current income guidelines.  The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Applying for Fee Support: Applications for fee support may be obtained from the clinic office.  Clients or their legal guardians must complete the application, answering all questions on the form, and submit the application with supporting documentation on household income and family size.   All information is confidential and will not be shared by unauthorized personnel. Incomplete applications will not be considered for fee support.      Providing false information on the Program Fee support application will result in revocation of any fee support.  The applicant will be responsible for the full program fee.             

Income verification: Applicants must provide one of the following documents along with their completed application:

  • Tax forms the previous year

  • Two most recent pay stubs from everyone earning a wage in the household

  • Individuals who are self-employed or who work for cash may submit a letter stating their circumstances.

Application Deadline:  Applications for program fee support are reviewed starting the second week of the semester, and continue as funding resources permit. Once funding is exhausted for the semester, no further applications will be reviewed.  Submission of an application for Access Fee Support is no guarantee that the applicant will receive financial assistance. Clients are responsible for all costs of service not covered by Access Fee Support Program.  

Report changes in Family size or Income: Clients’ eligibility for participating in the fee support program can change, depending on fluctuations in family size or income.  All clients who have an increase in family size or decrease in income are encouraged to contact the clinic office for an application, as these changes may result in more fee support.  Clients who receive fee support and who have an decrease in family size or an increase in income are required to report these changes to the clinic office.  

Family size changes to report include:

  • Births

  • Deaths

  • Adoptions

  • Marriage

  • Divorce

  • Changes in living arrangements of any household member

Income changes to report include:

  • Changes in earnings

  • Changes in employment status

  • Changes in any supplemental income to include interest, dividends, rents, royalties, income from estates, trusts and educational assistance, alimony, child support, assistance from outside the household, and other miscellaneous sources.

  • Changes in eligibility for unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance, veterans’ payments, survivor benefits, pension or retirement income

If you would like further information about the fee support program, please call the clinic at 218-726-8199.