ACU membership subscriptions are based upon a formula related to the UN Human Development Index (HDI), and divided into three groups: low, medium, and high. Within these groups, subscriptions are based on an individual institution's recurrent income as stated for the most recent financial year.1

This model of redistributive membership subscription provides all universities in the Commonwealth with an affordable option to join the ACU.

1Recurrent income includes student fees, government grants and any other recurrent income. It does not include grants for capital works, specific research projects or any endowment income.

Membership fees 2023- 2024

The subscription year runs from 1 August until 31 July. Subscriptions are payable in pounds sterling (GBP) and are reviewed annually by the ACU Council.

Low HDI countries

Bangladesh, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nauru, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Tuvalu, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


Subscription Fee

Up to £6.99 million


£7m - £11.99m


£12m and up



Medium HDI countries

Belize, Botswana, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kiribati, Maldives, Namibia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tonga, Vanuatu.


Subscription Fee

Up to £9.99 million


£10m - £39.99m


£40m and up



High HDI countries

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Seychelles, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom*. 


Subscription Fee

Up to £29.99 million


£30m - £129.99m


£130m and up



Child/Associate Members



UK* and overseas


(*UK members: 81% of the membership fee is subject to VAT at the standard rate).

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