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Dues and Fees Schedule: Fiscal Year 2016-2017

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Dues Schedule (Effective July 1, 2016)

Formula for Computing Institutional Dues

Base Dues

+ FTE Dues

+ Additional Location Dues

TOTAL

$4,150 + $0.55 per FTE + ($90 x [number of additional locations
and branch campuses])
Base Dues + FTE Dues
+ Additional Location Dues


Base Dues

HLC’s annual dues are set to distribute the cost of maintaining accreditation evenly over the eight- or 10-year reaffirmation period. In this system, no base fees are assessed for the following evaluations:

  • Open Pathway: Assurance Review, Quality Initiative and Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Standard Pathway: Comprehensive Evaluations
  • AQIP Pathway: Comprehensive Quality Review and Annual Updates of Action Projects

Note: Institutions will still be billed for expenses related to peer review team visits when they are required as part of these evaluations. Team expenses typically include travel, honoraria and facility expenses.

FTE Dues Calculation

FTE is computed using this formula: FTE = (number of full-time students) + (1/3 the number of part-time students)

The number of full and part-time students at all institutions is determined using IPEDS definitions based on the most recent fall data.

Additional Locations Dues Calculation

The total number of additional locations and branch campuses is determined by the following calculation: (number of additional locations) + ([number of branch campuses] x 10)

The number of additional locations includes degree completion locations, and the number of branch campuses does not include the main campus. However, for multi-campus institutions with no main campus, all campuses are included in the calculation.

Definitions for Campuses and Locations

Fees Schedule (Effective September 1, 2016)

HLC reserves the right to require an advance deposit for all fees.

HLC Visits1

Initial Accreditation, Initial Candidacy, Notice, Probation, Show-Cause, Fact-Finding Visits $6,400 + expenses
Focused, Change, Advisory, Campus Evaluation, Biennial Evaluation (Candidacy) Visits
$3,200 + expenses
Pre-Visit (per location) $600 + expenses
Staff Campus Visit $600 + expenses
Location Confirmation Visit $600 + expenses
Multi-Campus Visit (per campus) $600 + expenses
Non-Comprehensive Multi-Location Visit (per location) $600 + expenses

1 Expenses are typically travel, lodging, meals and honoraria for team members.

AQIP Pathway Fees

Strategy Forum $6,400 per institution
Systems Appraisal $3,800

 

Eligibility Process Fees

Step One - Submit Letter of Inquiry $5,500
Step Two - Pre-Application Interview $2,750
Step Three - Submit Letter of Intent $5,500
Step Four - Submit Eligibility Filing $5,500
Step Four (a) - Submit Eligibility Filing Revision $1,000
Step Five - Submit Letter of Intent to Pursue Candidacy $5,500

 

Substantive Change Fees

Substantive Change Submission $900

 

Appeal and Board Hearing Fees

Appeal Process

$5,500 + expenses + (legal and consultancy expenses + 15%)

Requires a $40,000 deposit

Board Hearing Process

$5,500 + expenses + (legal and consultancy expenses + 15%)

Requires a $20,000 deposit

Institution Requested Institutional Actions Council Hearing $5,500 + expenses + (legal and consultancy expenses + 15%)

 

Other Fees

Initial Interaction for Change of Control, Structure or Organization $5,500 + (legal and consultancy expenses + 15%)
Filing for Change of Control, Structure or Organization $11,000 + (legal and consultancy expenses + 15%)
Submit Interim, Notice, Financial Panel and Non-Financial Panel Report $325
Extraordinary Legal and Expert Consultancy Costs Actual expenses + 15%
Late Payment Fee on Past Due Balances 10% of total past due amount at + 90 days

 

Definitions for Campuses and Locations

Campus or Branch Campus Definition: (Same as the federal definition)

The term branch campus is “a location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution. HLC considers a location of an institution to be independent of the main campus if the location:

  • Is permanent in nature;
  • Offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential;
  • Has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and
  • Has its own budgetary and hiring authority.

A branch campus must have all four of these attributes.

Additional Location Definition: a place, geographically separate from any main or branch campus, where instruction takes place and students can do one or more of the following:

  • Complete 50 percent or more of the courses leading to a degree program;
  • Complete a full degree program;
  • Complete 50 percent or more of the courses leading to a Title IV eligible certificate.
  • Complete a degree program that they began at another institution even if the degree completion program provides less than 50 percent of the courses leading to a degree program.
  • There is no base or threshold number of students or distance from the campus necessary for a facility to qualify as an additional location under this definition. An additional location may have five students or 500 students; it might be five miles or 500 miles from the main or other campus.
  • An additional location typically does not have a full range of administrative and student services staffed by the facilities personnel; such services may be provided from the main campus or another campus.
  • A facility may provide access to instruction requiring students to be present at a physical location that receives interactive TV, video, or online teaching. It is considered an additional location when 50 percent or more of a distance delivery program is available through one or more of these modalities at that facility.