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  2016/2017 Dues and 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 2016-2017
Under $4 M $  3,602
4-6 $  4,204
6-8 $  5,105
8-10 $  6,005
10-12 $  6,910
12-14 $  7,810
14-16 $  9,010
16-18 $  9,911
18-20 $10,812
20-22 $11,716
22-24 $12,616
24-30 $13,518
30-42 $14,420
42-66 $15,336
66-114 $16,518
114-210 $17,419
Over 210 $18,622
   
Evaluation Fee Schedule. 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.
Billing. 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 2015-2016 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 courses completed through competency-based education delivery (including direct assessment) 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 above. 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, $2500, $3,000, and $5,000. This fee is in addition to the assessed fee for the proposal, if any, and at the discretion of NWCCU.