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 Institutional Membership are $400.00 for each of the first two evaluations. Application fees for each subsequent visit are $300.00 for doctoral degree-granting institutions, $200.00 for master’s degree-granting institutions, and $100.00 for all other institutions. All institutions are also responsible for reimbursement to the Association of expenses incurred by the visiting evaluators for each visit.

Application fees will be billed to member institutions during the month of August prior to each institution’s scheduled academic year of review. For instance, institutions scheduled for evaluations during the 2017-18 academic year will be invoiced for application fees in August of 2017. 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 NASM 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. NASM 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 music executive at the earliest possible time. Music 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, NASM receives expense forms from the visiting evaluators. The Association reimburses 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 a Commission agenda for nonpayment of the invoices. If your institution requires special billing procedures, please inform the NASM National Office in advance.

Federal Identification Number

The NASM Federal Identification Number is 42-6063572.

Accredited Institutional Membership Dues

Accredited institutional members of NASM are invoiced for dues annually on the first day of September. New institutions accredited in November and June are invoiced at the beginning of NASM’s next fiscal year (September 1 – August 31). Institutions in the process of seeking accredited institutional Membership have no dues responsibilities until accreditation is granted by the Commission.

Annual dues for institutional members are scaled according to the following categories: (1) independent community and precollegiate schools holding ACCPAS accreditation; (2) postsecondary professional non-degree-granting institutions and community colleges, (3) schools that offer the baccalaureate degree in music and/or music education, (4) schools that offer work through the master’s degree in music and/or music education, or that offer graduate work only, and (5) schools that offer programs in music and/or music education through the doctorate. From the base of the previous year, the dues in each category will rise at the rate of the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) plus two percent. However, upon recommendation from the Treas­urer after consultation with the Finance Committee, the Executive Committee shall have the power to set the dues no less than one percent below the HEPI and no more than two percent above the HEPI.

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

Accredited Institutional Membership Dues for 2017-2018

Independent Community and Precollegiate Schools with ACCPAS Accreditation
(these institutions also pay an annual correspondence fee of $275 to ACCPAS)
$838
Postsecondary Professional Non-Degree-Granting Institutions $1,113
Community Colleges $1,113
Baccalaureate Degree-Granting Institutions $1,457
Master’s Degree-Granting Institutions $2,195
Doctoral Degree-Granting Institutions $2,905