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Alumni membership fee – when to charge

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    • #7451
      Rhiannon Matthews
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      We’re establishing a new Alumni Association and will charge a lifetime membership fee.

      We need to decide when best to charge the fee and I wanted to gauge what others thought about this. Our two main options are to charge on enrolment or charge at the start of Year 12.
      We’re also considering charging in Year 10 at the start of the Senior School.

      I’d love to hear from people about what you do at your school, or what you’d like to do!

      Thanks, Rhiannon

      Cornish College

    • #7452
      Caroline Lovell
      Forum Participant

      Hi Rhiannon

      We charge the alumni life membership fee in the Term 3 accounts of the Year 12 student. We send out a letter to parents regarding the Old Girls Union and what if offers in Term 2.

      Kind regards
      Caroline Lovell

      Roseville College

    • #7485
      Lucy Wilson
      Forum Participant

      Hi Rhiannon,
      We charge an alumni membership fee at the time of enrollment, which covers a lifetime membership.
      Kind regards,
      Lucy Wilson
      Kristin School (Auckland)

    • #7516
      Cassandra Macgowan
      Forum Participant

      Hi Rhiannon,

      We originally charged a lifetime fee to the Year 12 students, so an exit-fee model. However, a few years ago we moved to an entry-fee model, where the students are charged upon enrolment. The entry-fee is higher than the exit fee, however, a portion of the amount is given to the school for the current students. The reasoning behind this is to provide benefit to the students prior to them becoming alumni. For example, we support a Targeted Tuition Programme that is run throughout the year that provides exam skills sessions, tutoring in subjects, etc. We start marketing the alumni association as providing benefits and opportunities before the students leave, hoping that it will encourage them to stay engaged.

      I hope that helps!

      Regards,
      Cass Macgowan
      Scotch College (Perth)

    • #7520
      Rhiannon Matthews
      Forum Participant

      Thank you everyone! It’s helpful to hear what others are doing and some of the rationale behind it too.

      Thanks again for taking the time to answer.

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