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Dues & Fees

Effective September 1, 2023

Fiscal Year 2024 NWCCU Annual Dues

For Fiscal Year 2024, NWCCU is implementing the new dues model and increase in travel fees, approved in June 2023 by the Board of Commissioners.

NWCCU utilizes financial information on E&G expenditures plus auxiliary services provided by US institutions or audited financial information provided by Canadian institutions in the institutional Annual Report as the basis of the annual dues.

NWCCU is committed to maintaining the lowest cost institutional accreditation in the United States. Each year the Commission reviews its operating and other expenses and may request an increase in Annual Dues and Evaluation Fees only as warranted to meet expenses. If the NWCCU Board of Commissioners approves the same, the increase will be instituted. For institutional budget planning purposes, NWCCU encourages its member institutions to incorporate a 3% increase for Dues in their annual budgets.

Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. Please be advised that we will charge late fees of 1% or $25 per month, whichever is higher.

Definition of E&G Expenditures

Dues Schedule

E&G Exp. + Auxiliary

2023-2024

Under $10M $5,500
$10 – 20M $11,100
$20 – 30M $15,700
$30 – 50M $19,150
$50 – 100M $21,400
$100 – 200M $23,800
$200 – 500M $26,200
$500 – 1,000M $29,800
Over $1,000M $34,500

 

Application, Evaluation, and Liaison Site Visit Fees

Fees for Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness

Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness(EIE) will be undertaken by a team of peer evaluators 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. Year Seven EIE peer evaluation teams will include a minimum of five members, with additional team members as needed to address additional review elements (e.g., outstanding Recommendations, additional locations requiring a visit).

Fees for Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review

For Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review (PRFR), institutions will undergo a virtual evaluation by a team of peer evaluators with background in areas such as policies, regulations, finance, student support services, human resources, library, information systems and technology, and infrastructure. Please see table below for schedule of PRFR evaluation fees for domestic and international institutions. Institutions will be billed and must pay the evaluation fees in advance of the evaluation of the Year Six PRFR report.

Fees forMid-Cycle Review and Ad Hoc, Special, and Financial Resources Review Visits

Mid-Cycle Review or Ad Hoc, Special, and Financial Resources Review (FRR) Visitswill be undertaken by a team of peer 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. Mid-Cycle Review peer evaluation teams will have a minimum of three members during 2023-2025 to address the USDE requirements related to virtual evaluations undertaken during the pandemic.  Ad Hoc, Special, and Financial Resources Review peer evaluation teams will typically include one to two members. Additional peer evaluators may be included on teams as needed to address additional review elements (e.g., outstanding Recommendations, additional locations requiring a visit).

NWCCU Schedule of Fees
(Effective September 1, 2023)

  • All fees due in advance
  • Institution is responsible for any transaction fees for bill payment
  • Branch campus and additional locations, including international locations, to be visited will have additional charges
  • A surcharge will be assessed to cover potential additional costs for travel to international institutions and institutions outside of the traditional NWCCU region
Fees for North American Institutions (US $) Fees for International Institutions (US $)
Eligibility Review
Application Inquiry $1,000 $1,000
Application for Candidate for Accreditation. Requires site visit by NWCCU Liaison. $7,500 plus $2,400 for travel by NWCCU Staff Liaison $7,500 plus $2,400 for travel by NWCCU Staff Liaison
Initial Candidacy Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators and NWCCU Liaison $2,500 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$2,500 for NWCCU Liaison plus $2,400 for travel

$5,000 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$5,000 for NWCCU Liaison plus $2,400 for travel

Interim Candidacy Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators and NWCCU Liaison (One or More Visits) $2,500 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$2,500 for NWCCU Staff Liaison plus $2,400 for travel

$5,000 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$5,000 for NWCCU Staff Liaison plus $2,400

Initial Accreditation Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators and NWCCU Liaison $2,500 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$2,500 for NWCCU Staff Liaison plus $2,400 for travel

$5,000 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$5,000 for NWCCU Staff Liaison plus $2,400

Evaluation Visits (Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness)
Member Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators $2,500 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$2,500 for NWCCU Staff Liaison plus $2,400 for travel

$5,000 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator

$5,000 for NWCCU Staff Liaison plus $2,400

Evaluation Visits (Mid-Cycle; Ad-hoc and Special)
Member Campus Visit by Peer Evaluators $2,500 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator $5,000 plus $2,400 for travel for each evaluator
Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review*
Member Year Six PRFR Evaluation $500 $500
NWCCU Liaison Visits
Candidate and Member Campus Visit by NWCCU Liaison $4,500

Includes $2,100 visit fees and $2,400 to cover travel

$5,000 plus actual travel cost
Reports
Special Reports Without Visit, including Financial Resources Review $500 $500

Substantive Change Fees

The first 10 substantive changes per year (excluding categories 18 and 19 below) will be free of charge. The annual count is reset on September 1 each year. Free substantive change requests will incur fees for expedited review if that option is selected.

Mandatory Portal Updates and Program Inventory Updates do not incur a fee. See the Substantial Change Manual for more information.

Substantive Changes 
$1000

(Minor Change)

1. Adding program content, or academic program(s), including Title IV-eligible certificate programs that represent a significant departure (25% or more aggregate change) from program(s) or related content approved previouslyReview Level: Senior Staff


2. Changing institutional prior learning procedures to accommodate a customized pathway or modifications of programmatic content to support learning outcomes

Review Level: Senior Staff


3. Initiating distance education delivery of any portion of an academic program, for institutions not currently authorized to deliver distance education

Review Level: Senior Staff


4. Substantially changing the number of clock or credit hours awarded for successful completion of a program (25% aggregate change of total program credits or clock hours)

Review Level: Senior Staff


5. Changing an institutional annual calendar system including semester, trimester, quarter, block, or competency-based units

Review Level: Senior Staff

  $1500

(Minor Change)

6. Entering into a contractual agreement for education-related services under 34 CFR 668.5 under which an institution or organization not certified to participate in Title IV programs and offers more than 25% but less than 50% of one or more of an accredited institution’s educational programsReview Level: Senior Staff


7. Initiating or expanding Competency-Based Education (CBE) where 50% or more of the courses or credits in an academic program are provided using CBE

Review Level: Senior Staff


8. Changing an existing program from clock to credit hours (or vice versa)

Review Level: Senior Staff


9. Adding the 2nd and 3rd academic programs at a degree or credential level not previously included in the institution’s accreditation or candidacy/pre-accreditation by NWCCU

Review Level: Senior Staff


10. The addition of a permanent location at a site at which the institution is conducting a teach-out for students of another institution that has ceased operating before all students have completed their program of study

Review Level: Senior Staff

$1,500

(Major Change)

11. Initiating or expanding Direct Assessment where 50% or more of the courses or credits in an academic program are provided using Direct Assessment.Review Level: External Panel NWCCU Executive Committee approval


12. Acquiring or merging any program of another institution

Review Level: External Panel NWCCU Executive Committee approval


13. Establishing an additional location or branch campus where 50% or more of the program requirements can be earned via face-to-face instructional delivery (First two locations only)

Review Level: External Panel and NWCCU Executive Committee approval


14. Establishing a Prison Education Program (First two locations only)

Review Level: External Panel NWCCU Executive Committee approval


15. Establishing an international location where 50% or more of the program requirements can be earned via face-to-face instructional delivery (First two locations only)

Review Level: External Panel and NWCCU Executive Committee approval


16. Adding the first academic program at a degree or credential level not previously included in the institution’s accreditation or candidacy/pre-accreditation by NWCCU

Review Level: External Panel and NWCCU Executive Committee approval


17. Substantial change in institutional mission, objectives, of the institution, or programs offered

Review Level: Executive Panel and NWCCU Executive Committee approval

$10,000

(Major Change)

Change in the legal status, form of control, or ownership of the institution

Review Level: Panel, Executive Committee, or Commission

$20,000

(Major Change)

Acquiring or merging with another institution 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.

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