About Membership


 How Membership Works


VFA members get better measures and a significantly improved ability to assess their performance, identify areas for improvement, and demonstrate their commitment to the college's academic mission. Additionally, the VFA Data Tool gives members a multi-function system to collect, display, and benchmark data.

  • Renewing? Renewal notices were sent to the Key Contact and purchaser at your college. If you have not received this email notice, contact us at VFA@aacc.nche.edu.

  • Membership is for the calendar year (January to December); however, for data collection purposes we open the membership sign-up and data collection tools in the preceding fall.

  • Member colleges receive access to the online data tool (data entry forms, data upload process), and data dashboards with benchmarking capability.

For complete details on the terms and conditions of membership, please read the VFA Participation Agreement.

VFA Demo: View a slide show previewing the VFA system with mock-ups of data dashboards and data collection.

VFA Join Instructions: View detailed instructions on how to join the VFA.


 Membership Types


College Member: a single, regionally accredited, predominantly associate degree-granting institution that will utilize the VFA data tools to submit data and take part in the VFA data collection cycles.

Centralized Reporting Member (e.g. System, District, Department): administrative or centralizing body for more than one college that will act as the official reporting entity and has the authority to do the VFA data collection for its colleges. The Centralized Reporting Member will utilize the VFA data tools to submit data and take part in the VFA data collection cycles for each of its regionally accredited, predominantly associate degree-granting institutions. Each college in the system/district for which the Centralized Reporting Member provides data is required to be a College Member (membership dues can be processed by the system/district or by individual college).

  • If a centralized state office or system/district office is not becoming the VFA member and is not providing the data directly for the colleges within its district/system, then each college that wants to participate in the VFA should join as a College.
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Your participation is critical. The more colleges that join, the stronger the community college voice will be.
Consortia Member: organizations that serve or represent community colleges – such as an association, commission, or national initiative ––participate in the VFA by working with a group of colleges with whom the entity has an established relationship and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA – in accordance with the VFA’s Participation Agreement – will dictate the consortium’s practices such as access to the VFA’s data, data use, data collection processes, and membership set-up.

Supporting Member: a college, district, system office, association, commission, or initiative that may not be able at this time to fully participate in the VFA by submitting data – or that is not a college and does not have institutional data to submit – but that supports the VFA as the principle accountability system for community colleges.

     2016 VFA Dues

      College Members
      Adjusted Enrollment Band
        2016 Dues
         0 to 499
    ​     500 to 1,000        $1,300
    ​     1,001 to 3,000 ​       $1,600
    ​     3,001 to 5,000        $2,000
    ​     5,001 to 10,000        $2,400
         More than 10,000        $3,000
       Centralized Reporting Members
    Dues are assessed for each college based on the enrollment size of each college (see above).
    • All dues are discounted by 10%.
    • Centralized Reporting Members pay an administrative fee of $750; waived if all colleges join.
      Supporting Members
      Consortia Members
            Determined by scope


      Early Bird Discount
    All colleges that sign-up for the VFA prior to November 9, 2015, receive a 10% discount off their dues.

    Dues are based on a three-year moving average calculation of adjusted enrollment data (based on IPEDS) to reduce variation in member dues during periods of significant enrollment change. Adjusted enrollment is calculated by adding full-time students to three-fourths the number of part-time students.


     2016 VFA Schedule


    January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 

    The 2016 VFA Membership Year goes from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016, with early access to the data entry tools starting in November to accommodate college schedules and data collection.

    • November 9, 2015​: Data entry opens; early-bird discount expires

    • May 2, 2016 (5:00 PM): ​Data are due

    • June 10, 2016 (5:00 PM): Data entry system closes; last day to publish data

    • December 31, 2015: Membership year closes

    • *all times are in eastern time.