Dues & Fees

Dues

Effective September 1, 2020

Fiscal Year 2021 NWCCU Annual Dues

Because of the financial stress imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, NWCCU is not implementing the new dues model approved in 2019 by the Board of Commissioners. Dues for some of the smaller institutions, however, have been decreased as proposed.

Please note that NWCCU utilizes the financial portion of the annual IPEDS report or financial information provided in the institutional Annual Report as the basis for the E&G expenditures for US institutions. Institutions must upload their most recent IPEDS data with their Annual Report.

Canadian institutions must upload the most recent audited financial statements along with their Annual Report.

The Commission is committed to analyzing the dues every year and revising only as needed to accommodate increases in commission expenditures.

Please note that invoices not paid within 60 days of the date of invoice are subject to a 1% monthly late fee.

Definition of Educational and General Expenditures for Determining Annual Institutional Dues

 

E&G (M$)

Dues ($)

Under 4

3,821

4-6

4,460

6-8

5,000

8-10

5,000

10-12

7,331

12-14

8,285

14-16

9,558

16-18

10,514

18-20

11,470

20-22

12,429

22-24

13,384

24-30

14,342

30-42

15,299

42-66

16,270

66-114

17,524

114-210

18,480

Over 210

19,756

Fees

Application, Evaluation, and Liaison Site Visit Fees:

Note: Evaluation fees and information on travel costs shown in the table below are for physical travel of evaluators for onsite evaluation visits. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to undertake virtual evaluation visits only and we are committed to reducing costs to institutions. Evaluation fees will be invoiced first and actual travel costs will be determined and institutions will be invoiced after completion of onsite visits required by the USDE mandate.

Fees for Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness

Institutions that undergo Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness will be evaluated by a team of evaluators and will be accompanied by an NWCCU Staff Liaison. Please see table below for schedule of evaluation visit fees for domestic and international institutions. Institutions will be billed and must pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation visit; institutions will be billed for actual travel after the site visit is completed.

Fees for Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review

Institutions that undergo Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review (PRFR) will be evaluated by a team of experts with background in areas such as policies, regulations, finance, student support services, human resources, library, and technological infrastructure. The institution will be charged $3,000. Institutions will be billed and must pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation of the Year Six PRFR report.

Fees for Mid-Cycle Review

Institutions that undergo Mid-Cycle Review will be evaluated by a team of evaluators. Please see table below for schedule of evaluation visit fees for domestic and international institutions. Institutions will be billed and must pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation visit; institutions will be billed for actual travel after the site visit is completed.

NWCCU Schedule of Fees
(Effective September 1, 2020)

  • All fees due in advance
  • Travel fees are billed upon completion of visit
  • Institution is responsible for any transaction fees for bill payment

 

Fees for North American Institutions (US $)

Fees for International Institutions (US $)

Eligibility Review

 

 

Application Inquiry

$1,000

$1,000

Application and Site Visit by NWCCU Liaison

$7,500 plus actual travel cost

$7,500 plus actual travel cost

Initial Candidacy Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators and NWCCU Liaison

Note: Branch campus and additional locations to be visited will have additional charges; contact NWCCU Liaison

$2,500/evaluator plus actual travel cost

$2,500 for NWCCU Liaison plus actual travel cost

Actual travel cost plus $5,000/evaluator

Actual travel cost plus $5,000 for NWCCU Liaison

Interim Candidacy Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators and NWCCU Liaison (One or More Visits)

Note: Branch campus and additional locations to be visited will have additional charges; contact NWCCU Liaison

$2,500/evaluator plus actual travel cost

$2,500 for NWCCU Liaison plus actual travel cost

Actual travel cost plus $5,000/evaluator

Actual travel cost plus $5,000 for NWCCU Liaison

Initial Accreditation Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators and NWCCU Liaison

Note: Branch campus and additional locations to be visited will have additional charges; contact NWCCU Liaison

$2,500/evaluator plus actual travel cost

$2,500 for NWCCU Liaison plus actual travel cost

Actual travel cost plus $5,000/evaluator

Actual travel cost plus $5,000 for NWCCU Liaison

Evaluation Visits (Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness)

   

Member Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators

Note: Branch campus and additional locations to be visited will have additional charges; contact NWCCU Liaison

$2,500/evaluator plus actual travel cost

$2,500 for NWCCU Liaison plus actual travel cost

Actual travel cost plus $5,000/evaluator

Actual travel cost plus $5,000 for NWCCU Liaison

Evaluation Visits (Mid-Cycle; Ad-hoc and Special)

   

Member Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators

Note: Branch campus and additional locations to be visited will have additional charges; contact NWCCU Liaison

$2,500/evaluator plus actual travel cost

Actual travel cost plus $5,000/evaluator

Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review

   

Member Year Six PRFR Evaluation

$3,000

$3,000

NWCCU Liaison Visits

   

Candidate and Member Campus Visit by NWCCU Liaison

$2,500

Actual travel cost plus $5,000

Reports

   

Ad-Hoc Without Visit

$2,000

$2,000

Special, including Financial Resources Review Without Visit

$2,000

$2,000

 

Substantive Change Fees:

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 one semester or two 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  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 (no fee)
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)

The Commission is committed to analyzing the substantive change fee structure every year and revising only as needed.

Invoices not paid within 60 days of the date of invoice are subject to a 1% monthly late fee.