Dues and Fees

There are three costs typically associated with the accreditation process. Details on each are provided below.

  1. Application Fees
  2. Expenses of the Visiting Evaluators
  3. Accredited Institutional Membership Dues (once an institution has gained accreditation)

Application Fees

Application fees for Accredited Institutional Membership are $400 for all institutions applying for Membership or renewal of Membership.

Application fees will be billed to member institutions during the month of August prior to each institution’s scheduled academic year of review. For example, institutions scheduled for evaluations during the 2023-2024 academic year will be invoiced for application fees in August of 2023.  Application fees are due and payable within 30 days. New potential member institutions scheduled for review during a specific academic year should forward the application fee along with copies of the self-study, supportive materials, and the application form. If the application fee is not paid prior to the evaluative visit, the Executive Director of NAST may cancel or postpone the visitation.

Evaluator Expenses

The expenses of the evaluators depend on a number of circumstances such as the proximity of the evaluator to the campus being visited, airfares, overnight Saturday stays, hotel accommodations, etc. For budgeting purposes, $1,000 per evaluator would probably be a conservative estimate. NAST requests that evaluators exercise care to ensure that expenses are reasonable and customary and that any out of the ordinary expenses expected to be incurred by an evaluator be discussed with the theatre executive at the earliest possible time. Theatre executives are encouraged to discuss expense details directly with evaluators prior to the on-site review.

Expense Reimbursement

The applicant institution is responsible for all expenses of the visiting evaluators for each visit. After the evaluation visit, NAST receives expense forms from the visiting evaluators. The Association pays the evaluators and in turn sends invoices with itemized receipt copies to the applicant institution for each of the evaluators. These invoices should be paid by the institution within 30 days. If there are any outstanding expense reimbursement invoices, the Executive Director may place the applicant institution on the Commission agenda for nonpayment of the invoices. Institutions requiring special billing procedures are asked to inform the NAST National Office in advance.

Federal Identification Number

The NAST Federal Identification Number is 22-2273558.

Accredited Institutional Membership Dues

Annual dues for institutional members are scaled according to the following categories: (1) institutions with graduate degrees, and (2) all other institutions.

From the base of the previous year, the dues in each category will rise consistent with the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) plus two percent. However, upon recommendation from the Treasurer after consultation with the Finance Committee, the Board of Directors shall have the power to set the dues no less than one percent below the HEPI and no more than two percent above HEPI.

Accredited institutional members are invoiced annually on the first day of July. Click here to pay an invoice online.

Accredited Institutional Membership Dues for 2023-2024

Institutions with Graduate Degrees $1,731
All Other Institutions