Dues & Fees

Dues

2020 Update to the NWCCU Annual Dues Structure

Because of the financial stress imposed on institutions of higher education by the COVID-19 response, NWCCU has decided not to implement the majority of the new dues approved last year. The exception is for those institutions that would see their dues decrease under the dues structure approved in June 2019, those institutions will be assessed at the lower rate. Otherwise, NWCCU will continue to use the old dues structure, as shown at the right. 

Please note that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities utilizes the financial portion of the annual IPEDS 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 audited financials. 

Definition of Educational and General Expenditures for Determining Annual Institutional Dues: 

https://www.nwccu.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Definition-of-EandG-Expenditures-for-Annual-Dues.pdf

E&G (M$)

Dues ($)

Under 4

3,821

4-6

4,460

6-8

5,416

8-10

6,371

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

Both the dues and fees models approved for 2020 have been deferred, and will be implemented in fiscal year 2021-2022. Current fees will be assessed using the old fee model.

Evaluation Fees: 

Note: The fees shown here were based on travel of evaluators to on-site visits. NWCCU is committed to reducing the costs charged to institutions while we are using virtual evaluation visits. Those costs will be determined after the virtual visits are completed, and institutions will be informed.

Fees for Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness

Institutions to undergo a Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness will be evaluated by a team of evaluators. The institution will be charged $2,000 per evaluator to cover the cost of onsite travel. Institutions will be billed and are expected to pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation visit.

Fees for Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review

Institutions to undergo a Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review (PRFR) will be evaluated by a team of experts with a background in such areas 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 are expected to pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation of the Year 6 report.

Fees for Mid-Cycle Review

Institutions to undergo a Mid-Cycle Review will be evaluated by a team of evaluators. The institution will be charged $2,000 per evaluator to cover the cost of onsite travel. Institutions will be billed and are expected to pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation visit.

The Commission is committed to analyzing the fee structure every year and revising only as needed to accommodate any potential increases in expenditures.

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 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 (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 to accommodate any potential increases in expenditures.