Higher Learning Commission

Policy Title: Dues and Fees

Number: INST.B.30.030

Applying and accredited institutions shall pay dues and fees when required by the Commission’s Dues and Fees Schedule. Commission institutional fees and annual dues shall be due on receipt of the billing.


Dues are not refundable whether the Board of Trustees withdraws the affiliation status, the institution withdraws from affiliation, or the institution ceases to operate.

When a team visit is canceled or postponed at the institution’s initiative before the scheduled date, the Commission will refund all fees paid for that evaluation less expenses incurred.

The Commission will retain all fees received from an institution which withdraws from the process after the on-site visit. If the Commission staff cancels the visit, the institution will receive a full refund.

Non-payment of Dues and Fees by Affiliated Institutions

The Board of Trustees reserves the right to withdraw the affiliation of an institution which, after due notice, does not pay its dues or fees.

Debts to the Commission

Withdrawal from affiliation with the Commission shall not cancel any debts owed to the Commission by an institution. Unless exempted by the Board of Trustees, an institution seeking affiliation with the Commission must pay in full any debts it might have previously incurred with the Commission.

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Policy History

Last Revised: October 2003
First Adopted: February 1990
Revision History:
Notes: Policies combined November 2012 – 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4

Policy Number Key

Section INST: Institutional Policies

Chapter B: Requirements for Achieving and Maintaining Affiliation

Part 30: Obligations of Membership and Affiliation


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