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 2018-2019
Under $4 M $ 3,821
4 to 6 $ 4,460
6 to 8 $ 5,416
8 to 10 $ 6,371
10 to 12 $ 7,331
12 to 14 $ 8,285
14 to 16 $ 9,558
16 to 18 $10,514
18 to 20 $11,470
20 to 22 $12,429
22 to 24 $13,384
24 to 30 $14,342
30 to 42 $15,299
42 to 66 $16,270
66 to 114 $17,524
114 to 210 $18,480
Over 210 $19,756

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. The NWCCU notification letter for the substantive change cannot be sent until receipt of the substantive change fee. The fee structure for 2018-2019 follows:

Substantive Changes   

No fee

(Minor Change)

Adding courses or academic program(s) including Title IV-eligible certificate programs not related to existing degree program(s), that do not represent a significant departure (25% difference in program core) from program(s) previously approved

Review Level: Notification


Suspending, terminating, or placing into moratorium, existing academic program or major(s) of 30 semester or 45 quarter credits or more in length (within approved degree level)

Review Level: Notification


Closing or suspending for more than 1 semester or 2 quarters of an existing additional location or a branch campus

Review Level: Notification


Combining two programs to create a new program and where the two programs have been previously approved

Review Level: Notification

$1000

(Minor Change)

Adding courses or academic program(s) including Title IV-eligible certificate programs not related to existing degree program(s), that represent a significant departure (25% difference in program core) from program(s) previously approved

Review Level: Staff


Initiating or expanding of distance education delivery where 50% or more of the courses or credits in an academic program are provided using distance delivery (First three programs only)

Review Level: Staff


Substantially increasing the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program (more than 25% of total program credits or clock hours)

Review Level: Staff


Establishing an additional location where 50% or more of program requirements can be earned via face-to-face instructional delivery

Review Level: Staff

  $1500

(Major Change)

Dual Degree Program
Entering into a consortial agreement under which an institution accredited by an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education provides a significant portion of the academic program
a. 24% or less of the credits in a degree or certificate program delivered by the consortial partner(s)

b. 25-50% of one or more of the institution’s educational programs provided by the consortium or other accredited institution

c. More than 50% of one or more of the institution’s educational programs provided by the consortium or other accredited institution

Review Level:

a. No requirement
b. Notification
c. Staff


Initiating or expanding Competency-Based Education (CBE) delivery where 50% or more of the courses or credits in an academic program are provided using competency-based (or direct assessment) learning. (First three programs: 1st program Panel Review; 2nd and 3rd programs Staff Review)

Review Level: Panel or Staff


Joint Degree Program
Entering into a contract under which an institution or organization not certified to participate in Title IV offers more than 25 percent of one or more of an accredited Title IV-eligible institution’s educational programs

Review Level: Panel


Establishing an additional location at either an international location or location outside the institution’s region where 50% or more of the program requirement can be earned via face-to-face instructional delivery (First three locations only)

Review Level: Panel


Establishing a new branch campus, including one established or acquired in order to provide for teach-out from another institution

Review Level: Panel


Changing from clock to credit hours (or vice versa)

Review Level: Staff


Adding the first academic program at a degree or credential level not previously included in the institution’s accreditation by NWCCU (2nd and 3rd programs at the new degree level or credential are reviewed by Staff)

Review Level: Panel or Staff


Substantially changing institutional mission or objectives

Review Level: Panel, Executive Committee, or Commission

$10,000

(Major Change)

Changing legal status, form of control, or ownership

Review Level: Panel, Executive Committee, or Commission

$20,000

(Major Change)

Acquiring or merging with another institution or any program or location of another institution

Review Level: Panel, Executive Committee, or Commission

Expedited Processing  
 $1000 Expedite via staff review (2 week processing)
 $2000

Expedite via Panel review (12 week processing)