About Membership

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.

Membership Types

Your participation is critical. The more colleges that join, the stronger the community college voice will be.

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

  • Consortia Member: a type of membership for voluntary groups that serve or represent community colleges – e.g. an association, commission, or initiative –– to access VFA data of colleges with whom the entity has an established relationship and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) granting access to the college’s VFA data.

  • Multi-College Member: more than one college – e.g. a district or system office – that will submit data for each and all of its institutions.
    • 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.

  • 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.

How Membership Works

  • Membership in the VFA is for an annual data collection cycle and dues are based on enrollment (November 1 through October 31)
  • Member colleges receive access to the online data tool (data entry forms, data upload process), and data dashboard with benchmarking capability.
  • Sign-ups for Year Two open late summer.


  • Renewal notices will be sent late summer.

 2013-14 Annual Dues

  College Members
  Adjusted Enrollment Band
    2013-14 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
   Multi-College Members* 
Dues for each college are based on the enrollment size of each college, with the following discount:
  • 2 - 5 colleges – 25% discount per college
  • 6 - 10 colleges – 30% discount per college
  • 11 or more colleges – 35% discount per college 
*Discount based on number of participating colleges
   Supporting Members
   Consortia Members
    Determined by scope


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.


 VFA Year Two Collection Schedule


November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015

Year Two VFA Membership

 -  November 3, 2014​
Data entry opens

 -  February 20, 2015​

​Primary sign-up period closes

 -  March 20, 2015​

​Deadline for data entry

 -  March 21 to May 31, 201​5

Data review and approving period
 -  June 1, 2015

Deadline for data approval & publishing
 -  June 30, 2015

Data entry system closes