Dues & Fees

Dues

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities determines annual dues for candidate and member institutions based upon total educational and general expenditures and mandatory transfers (exclusive of medical school and hospital budgets) for the previous academic year as reported to IPEDS. Invoices for annual dues are mailed in early fall of each year.

Total E & G Expenditures and Mandatory Transfers Annual Dues for 2017-2018
Under $4 M $ 3,710
4 to 6 $ 4,330
6 to 8 $ 5,258
8 to 10 $ 6,185
10 to 12 $ 7,117
12 to 14 $ 8,044
14 to 16 $ 9,280
16 to 18 $10,208
18 to 20 $11,136
20 to 22 $12,067
22 to 24 $12,994
24 to 30 $13,924
30 to 42 $14,853
42 to 66 $15,796
66 to 114 $17,014
114 to 210 $17,942
Over 210 $19,181

Fees

Evaluation Fees: 

Institutions being evaluated by representatives of the Commission are charged $2,000 per evaluator. In case of special circumstances, the Commission reserves the right to adjust a committee evaluation fee to fit the circumstances. The fee for Year One, Ad Hoc and FRR reports is $1,500 per report.

An institution is billed and is expected to pay the evaluation fee in advance of the evaluation visit. In case of special circumstances, institutions will be billed after the site visit.

Substantive Change Fees:

At its June 25-26, 2014, meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved assessing fees for substantive change proposals. NWCCU will invoice the institution upon receipt of the final substantive change proposal and confirmation of the category of change. The NWCCU notification letter for the substantive change cannot be sent until receipt of the substantive change fee. The fee structure for 2016-2017 follows:

Substantive Changes   
$250

Addition of a degree program or a certificate program of 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in length which is related to existing offerings including graduate programs


Placement in moratorium, suspension, or termination of a degree program or certificate program of 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in length, including graduate programs

$350

Addition of courses in distance education delivery not previously evaluated and less than 50% of total required credits for program completion


Addition of an instructional site or location in geographic proximity to the institution’s main campus (within 20 miles)

 $500

50% or more of a degree or certificate program’s requirements completed through distance education delivery


50% or more of a degree or certificate program’s requirements completed through competency-based education delivery (including direct assessment)

  $1000

Addition of an instructional site or location geographically apart from the institution’s main campus but within the NWCCU region (more than 20 miles)


Addition of courses or a program significantly different from existing offerings since the last NWCCU evaluation


Change from clock to credit hours (or vice versa)


Substantial increase or decrease in program length


Contractual agreements with accredited organizations

 $1500

Program offerings outside of NWCCU’s region (includes international)


Initial course or program offerings through distance delivery

 $2000 Initial course or program to competency-based (or direct assessment) learning
 $2500 Contractual agreements with non-accredited entities/institutions
 $3000 Teach-out agreement with another institution
 $5000

Change in institutional mission


Change in legal status


Change in ownership/control


Acquisition of another institution


Merger with another institution


Addition of a branch campus


Change in degree level

 $7500  Request for reconsideration following Commission denial of a substantive change proposal
Expedited Processing  
 $1000 Expedited processing fee for proposals assessed at no fee, $250, $350, $500 and $1000. This fee is in addition to the assessed fee, if any, for the proposal, and at the discretion of NWCCU.
 $2000

Expedited processing fee for proposals assessed at $1500, $2000, and $2500, and remaining categories. This fee is in addition to the assessed fee for the proposal, if any, and at the discretion of NWCCU.