The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) recently updated the pricing on its “Campus Support Model” for IFC’s as well as IFC dues. They didn’t make a public fuss, but I did reach out to their staff via email for some clarifications. Here are the details:
Previously: $30 per NIC fraternity chapter and $330 per non-NIC fraternity chapter (At least 4 non-member groups – Tau Kappa Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, and Lambda Chi Alpha – instructed their 950 chapters not to pay the additional $300 )
Now: Flat fees based on the number of chapters on a campus starting at $250 for a school with 1-3 chapters up to $3,000 to schools with 26+ chapters
“Campus Support Model” Fees
The NIC’s Campus Support Model is detailed on their website. It essentially amounts to a bulk purchase of certain services and registrations for NIC educational programs. The only change is that the lowest tier is now also a flat fee instead of per-chapter. “Bronze” starts at $2,500. The highest level – Diamond – costs $25,000.
Each tier includes an “estimated value,” which compares the bulk price with the a la carte costs of the services provided in each tier. None of this is to endorse or suggest that the NIC’s services are particularly useful – after all, who really wants to pay for an operational audit from the NIC?
Due to COVID, there is a 25% discount for all 20-21 dues, plus a 15% discount on anything paid prior to 9/30/2020. These also apply to NIC’s insurance offerings for IFC’s.
Summary and Reactions
The main gripe of my 2019 article on this topic still stands. Students are being asked to pay more money to an organization which is not at all accountable to them.  So I still encourage IFC officers to “challenge the process” – as the NIC teaches at its UIFI programs – by refusing to pay until they get a vote on NIC matters (at least).
Will Foran, the NIC’s Senior VP of Campus Operations, said that most IFC’s would save money with this model, and that the NIC is “honoring previously announced rates that were already reduced from the previous academic year” for those who do not. Let’s hope that is the case, because it is still money students weren’t required to pay 3-4 years ago.
There’s another issue – 10 organizations are no longer members or affiliates of the NIC since this time last year. They represent more than 1,000 fraternity chapters and include:
- Sigma Phi Epsilon
- Kappa Alpha Order
- Theta Chi
- Sigma Pi
- Alpha Epsilon Pi
- Omega Delta Phi
- Phi Beta Sigma
- Delta Psi
- Sigma Phi Society
- Alpha Sigma Phi (Who is still listed on the NIC page)
That list includes several organizations who served on the NIC’s “Governing Council.” The losses were slightly offset with the recent addition of Sigma Beta Rho and Theta Delta Chi. Still, so many departures – of large, high-dues paying fraternities at that – begs the question: Why should IFC’s, whose members are less represented by the NIC today than at any point in recent history – pay dues to the NIC?
If an IFC consists of 3 non-member fraternities (which is quite possible), is there a reason those students should pay $250 in dues to the NIC? Is the fact that so many more groups would have paid the “non-member” rate of $330 factored into the savings?
What are your thoughts on the NIC’s changes to its dues and Campus Support Model? Sound off in the comments or tweet me @FraternityNik.
Fraternity Man articles referenced in this post:
- IFC members pay for the NIC. They deserve a vote | Read or Listen
- 4 Questions For The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC)
Update – 8/2020 – The title of this post incorrectly stated that 11 fraternities had left the NIC. The actual number was 10 (one group – Phi Beta Sigma – was also listed twice).