Membership Fees & Dues




A: The Council of Presidents has approved a one-year waiver of the six-sport minimum requirement (three-sport minimum for single-gender institutions), effective during 2020-21. New NAIA members must sponsor six sports by their fourth year of membership. That requirement will remain in place, unless a school’s fourth year of membership is 2020-21.

A: Institutions that do not plan to sponsor any NAIA sports in 2020-21 can remain NAIA members. They should report no sponsored sports on the revised declaration of intent (due Sept. 15, 2020), and they must pay membership dues to avoid having to re-apply for NAIA membership.

A: Membership dues will still be required. Membership dues are a flat fee per institution, and are not determined based on sports sponsorship.

If an institution cancels all its sports for the entire 2020-21 school year, the national office will work through the COP and other groups to determine which fees would be required.

A: Football dues serve as an insurance payment for travel, particularly expensive charter flights, during the postseason. One hundred percent of these dues are contributed to the travel reimbursement pool. As long as a Football Championship Series is conducted in 2020-21, football dues will be required. Any unused funds in the reimbursement pool are placed in a reserve fund for future FCS travel.

If the FCS is conducted with fewer than 16 teams, resulting in reduced overall travel expenses, a partial refund will be considered.

If the FCS is unable to be conducted in the spring, schools would be given the option of a refund or applying the payment to the 2021-22 school year.

A: A school’s premium would only change if it doesn’t participate in football or another hazardous sport throughout the entire 2020-21 school year. In those instances, a school can request repricing with Mutual of Omaha through Relation Insurance. Click here for the contact information, insurance enrollment form, and list of hazardous sports. Contact: Janice Briggs at

A reduction in games played would not result in a change in the premium. The group policy is based on the number of student-athletes and the number of championships.

A: Yes. Mutual of Omaha, the insurance carrier for the NAIA catastrophic policy, has indicated that they will extend coverage in these instances. The training, conditioning, and related activities must be provided by athletic department personnel in accordance with their procedures and controls where those activities are approved by the school and take place at facilities authorized by the school, which may include student residences.
This only applies to the NAIA catastrophic insurance policy. Contact your insurance broker for questions regarding other insurance policies, such as basic athletic insurance purchased by the school.

A: At this time, there is no expected change in these sport fees. However, if a school discontinues a sport for the entire 2020-21 school year before the season begins, these fees would be waived.

The national office plans to delay sending sport fee invoices until later in the fall to accommodate the changing landscape.

A: At this time, there is no expected change in the drug education fees. The drug education resources, including the support center for drug and supplement inquiries, will remain available to the membership and the student-athletes.

The national office plans to delay sending drug education invoices until later in the fall. As in the past, if a school has a significant reduction in student-athletes from the previous year, a request for repricing can be submitted.