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    Membership Dues
    Regular and Associate Members (Universities and Colleges in the US and Canada)


    CGS is supported primarily by member dues. Dues levels are established each year by the Board of Directors and collected annually, with dues notices sent to members in July. There are eleven dues categories for Regular and Associate Member institutions based on the head count of graduate students enrolled. The 2022 and 2021 Regular and Associate membership dues levels are as follows (please note that 2021 membership dues remained at the same level as 2020):


    Graduate Student Headcount* Enrolled 2022 Dues
    2022 Dues
    1 - 500 $3,515 $3,222
    501 - 800 $4,736 $3,874
    800 - 1,200 $5,186 $4,428
    1,201 - 1,500 $5,487 $4,807
    1,501 - 3,000 $5,830 $5,106
    3,001 - 5,500 $6,188 $5,655
    5,501 - 8,000 $7,074 $6,197
    8,001 - 10,500 $7,962 $6,974
    10,501 - 13,000 $8,903 $7,798
    13,001 - 15,500 $9,739 $8,529
    15,501 and above $10,621 $9,303


    Graduate Student Headcount* Enrolled 2021 Dues
    2021 Dues
    1 - 500 $3,467 $3,178
    501 - 800 $4,671 $3,821
    800 - 1,200 $5,114 $4,367
    1,201 - 1,500 $5,412 $4,741
    1,501 - 3,000 $5,749 $5,036
    3,001 - 5,500 $6,103 $5,577
    5,501 - 8,000 $6,977 $6,111
    8,001 - 10,500 $7,852 $6,878
    10,501 - 13,000 $8,780 $7,691
    13,001 - 15,500 $9,605 $8,411
    15,501 and above $10,474 $9,175

    Canadian institutions may remit dues in $CAN at par with $US.


    *Headcount includes all graduate students (full and part-time) with the exception of those enrolled in first-professional degree programs, i.e., dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, podiatric medicine, divinity, veterinary medicine.


    International Membership (Universities and Colleges Outside the US and Canada)
    Dues levels are as follows:


    International Member Dues Category* 2022 and 2021 Dues
    Low-income and Lower-middle-income economies $2,000 (USD)
    Upper-middle-income economies $3,000 (USD)
    High-income economies $4,000 (USD)

    *As defined by the World Bank Classification.


    Sustaining Membership Network (Companies and Large Nonprofit Organizations)
    Dues range from $6,000 to $25,000 (USD) annually


    Corresponding Affiliates (University Systems and Small Nonprofit Educational Associations)
    Dues are currently $4,000 (USD) annually


    The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) has implemented a credit card usage convenience fee effective as of January 1, 2020 in the amount of 4% of the transaction price when paying obligations to the Council. Although this fee is designed to defray the increasing costs of accepting credit cards for payments of dues, meeting registrations, sponsorships, publications, and other items, our desire is not to charge the fee at all, but to change member and non-member behavior to employ different payment methods such as ACH, Wire transfer and good old fashioned checks when they conduct business with CGS. CGS does not intend to record revenue from this change, but instead, be able to re-deploy the member dues funds previously used for credit card acceptance towards additional graduate education programming needs. The Council thanks you for your ongoing support for the enterprise of graduate education.


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