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Schedule of Fees

State of Georgia
Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Schedule of Fees

The following schedule includes fees applicable to new and renewing nondegree-granting and degree-granting institutions. Please note that fees are non-refundable and must be made payable to GNPEC, except for the TGTF payment, through check or money order. Cash will NOT be accepted under any circumstance.

After the initial evaluation, an evaluation committee may be impaneled to further evaluate a new institution, an elevation of degree level, or a new program of instruction. The institution will be notified of the amount due for “Evaluation Committee Fee.” This fee must be received before the committee visits the institution. When all other requirements for the Certificate of Authorization are met, the institution will be billed for a year’s authorization fee and any additional evaluation committee cost (if applicable). Final authorization is granted only after receipt of all fees.

Please note, for a new institution, gross tuition is an estimate for the first twelve months.

For institutions located outside of Georgia that do not maintain branch campuses or teaching sites in Georgia, Authorization and Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund fees are based on gross tuition for Georgia students only

Degree-Granting Institutions

Initial Authorization

  1. Application Evaluation Fee
    This fee is assessed to cover the initial evaluation of an application for authorization of a new school or a request by an authorized school to elevate the degree level. This fee is payable in advance and non-refundable. Further evaluation committee fees as expressed below may apply.
    1. Associate degree-granting institutions = $2,000
    2. Bachelor’s degree-granting institutions = $3,000
    3. Masters degree-granting institutions = $4,000
    4. Doctoral degree-granting institutions = $5,000
  2. Authorization Fee
    This fee is assessed annually to institutions, unless otherwise exempt, that offer postsecondary activities in the State of Georgia.
    2/10 of one percent of estimated gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees, subject to the following:
    Degree-granting institutions: minimum annual fee = $1,000
      maximum annual fee = $25,000
  3. Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund Fee
    This fee is assessed to offer a financial safety net for students in the case of a school closing.
    1/10 of one percent of estimated gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees.
    Payment must be made by every school for the first 5 years of operation. Check must be made payable to TGTF.
    -Minimum= $100 -No Maximum
  4. Evaluation Committee Fee (if applicable)
    This fee is assessed by GNPEC to contract with a third party hired to assess the quality of the offerings of a new institution or new program of an authorized institution.
    1. Base fee = $600
    2. Each day or part thereof per committee member conducting a program evaluation = $600

Renewal Authorization

  1. Authorization Fee
    This fee is assessed annually to institutions, unless otherwise exempt, that offer postsecondary activities in the State of Georgia.
    2/10 of one percent of gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees, subject to the following:
    Degree-granting institutions: minimum annual fee = $1,000
      maximum annual fee = $25,000
  2. Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund Fee
    This fee is assessed to offer a financial safety net for students in the case of a school closing.
    1/10 of one percent of annual gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees.
    Payment must be made by every school for the first 5 years of operation. Check must be made payable to TGTF.
    -Minimum= $100 -No Maximum
  3. New Program Evaluation Fee (if applicable) = $400
    This fee is assessed to cover GNPEC’s review of the application for each new program of instruction at an already authorized institution.
  4. Evaluation Committee Fee (if applicable)
    This fee is assessed by GNPEC to contract with a third party hired to assess the quality of the offerings of a new program of an already authorized institution.Base fee = $600. Each day or part thereof per committee member conducting a program evaluation = $600.

      Fee for elevation of each degree level = $1,000

      5. Late Fees
This fee is assessed for failure to submit a complete renewal application 60 days prior to the expiration date on the Certificate of Authorization.

  1.  After a 10-business day grace period, a late fee of 10% of all fees is due.
  2. Automatic revocation of certificate if renewal application is received after the existing expiration date.
  3. Reinstatement fee: Certificates automatically revoked upon expiration for failure to apply for renewal in a timely manner may be retroactively reinstated upon payment of a fee of 25% of the renewal fee. This fee is in addition to the applicable late fees.
  4. Certificates expired for more than three months will not be reinstated. Institutions may not operate without a valid certificate but must apply as a new institution with all appropriate fees.

Nondegree-Granting Institutions

Initial Authorization

  1. Application Evaluation Fee This fee is assessed to cover the initial evaluation of an application for authorization of a new school or a request by an authorized school to elevate the degree level. This fee is payable in advance and non-refundable. Further evaluation committee fees as expressed below may apply.
    1. Nondegree-granting institutions =$1,000
  2. Authorization Fee
    This fee is assessed annually to institutions, unless otherwise exempt, that offer postsecondary activities in the State of Georgia.
    2/10 of one percent of estimated gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees, subject to the following:
    Nondegree-granting institutions: minimum annual fee = $500
      maximum annual fee = $25,000
  3. Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund Fee
    This fee is assessed to offer a financial safety net for students in the case of a school closing.
    1/10 of one percent of estimated gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees.
    Payment must be made by every school for the first 5 years of operation. Check must be made payable to
    TGTF.
    -Minimum= $100 -No Maximum
  4. Evaluation Committee Fee
    This fee is assessed by GNPEC to contract with a third party hired to assess the quality of the offerings of a new institution or new program of an authorized institution.
    1. Base fee = $600
    2. Each day or part thereof per committee member conducting a program evaluation = $600

Renewal Authorization

  1. Authorization Fee
    This fee is assessed annually to institutions, unless otherwise exempt, that offer postsecondary activities in the State of Georgia.
    2/10 of one percent of annual gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees, subject to the following:
    Nondegree-granting institutions: minimum annual fee = $500
      maximum annual fee = $25,000
  2. Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund Fee
    This fee is assessed to offer a financial safety net for students in the case of a school closing.
    1/10 of one percent of annual gross tuition after refunds of tuition and fees.
    Payment must be made by every school for the first 5 years of operation. Check must be made payable to TGTF.
    -Minimum= $100 -No Maximum
  3. New Program Evaluation Fee (if applicable) = $400
    This fee is assessed to cover GNPEC’s review of the application for each new program of instruction at an already authorized institution.
    Evaluation Committee Fee (if applicable)
    This fee is assessed by GNPEC to contract with a third party hired to assess the quality of the offerings of a new program of an already authorized institution.
    1. Base fee = $600
    2. Each day or part thereof per committee member conducting a program evaluation = $600

    Fee for elevation of each degree level = $1,000

  4. Late Fees
    This fee is assessed for failure to submit a complete renewal application 60 days prior to the expiration date on the Certificate of Authorization.
    1. After a 10-business day grace period, a late fee of 10% of all fees is due.
    2. Automatic revocation of certificate if renewal application is received after the existing expiration date.
    3. Reinstatement fee: Certificates automatically revoked upon expiration for failure to apply for renewal in a timely manner may be retroactively reinstated upon payment of a fee of 25% of the renewal fee. This fee is in addition to the applicable late fees.
    4. Certificates expired for more than three months will not be reinstated. Institutions may not operate without a valid certificate but must apply as a new institution with all appropriate fees.

Religious School Fees

  1. Initial Application
    This fee is assessed to process applications for exemption under O.C.G.A. § 20-3-250.3(a)(6) for religious schools applying for initial formal designation as exempt = $500
  2. Renewal Application
    This annual fee is assessed to process application for exemption under O.C.G.A. § 20-3-250.3(a)(6) for religious schools applying for formal designation as exempt = $100

Cosmetology School Fees

  1. Initial and Renewal Application
    Tuition Guaranty Trust Fund Fee = 1/10 of one percent of [estimated] gross tuition after refunds.
    This fee is assessed to offer a financial safety net for students in the case of a school closing.
    Payment must be made by every school for the first 5 years of operation. Check must be made payable to TGTF.
    -Minimum= $100
    -No Maximum

Administrative Recording Fees

Change of School Name = $100

Along with payment, please submit a letter of intent outlining the request for changing the institution’s name with the current name and the requested name change, as well as the contact person’s information.

Change of School Location = $100

Along with payment, please submit a letter of intent outlining the request for changing the institution’s address with the institution’s current address and requested address change, as well as the contact person’s information.

Establishment of a Teaching Site = $100

Along with payment, please submit a letter of intent outlining the request for establishing a new teaching site with the site’s physical address and all activities that will be conducted at the site.

Change of Ownership = $500

Along with payment, please submit change of ownership letter notifying GNPEC of the change of ownership within 10 days of the change. If the notice is NOT submitted within ten (10) days of the change of ownership date, a new application for authorization process along with a $1000 administrative recording fee will automatically be required. This must be submitted by the new owner.
Specific-purpose charges
      1. Charge for obtaining transcript – per transcript = $10
      2. Charge for copying and/or mailing documents or forms- amount per page = $.10
      3. Charge to obtain an application packet for initial authorization – per request = $25
        (No fee if obtained from the website)

Revised January 2015