Current Holders of Names in the .edu Domain FAQ

EDUCAUSE can help you reset your password. You cannot authorize yourself—an executive officer must confirm your authority to manage your domain.

Please follow the steps below to process this change:

  • Obtain a letter from the president or other executive officer printed on your organization's letterhead that either authorizes a new contact or confirms the current contact now has a different e-mail address. This letter must be signed. Consider using the template below.
  • Send signed letter via fax to the attention of Member Services at (303) 440-0461 or a PDF via email at edu@educause.edu
Once reviewed and approved, we will email the named contact on the letter a link to reset the domain password.

You may use the following guide:

[date]

EDUCAUSE
282 Century Place, Suite 5000
Louisville, CO 80027

This letter is to inform you that [name and title of domain contact] has the authority to manage [domain name]. Please send the password reset information to the following:

[name & title of contact]
[email address]

Thank you.

Yes. All current holders of .edu domain names will be allowed to change their name to a different name that is available at the time of the request. Names issued other than those grandfathered must meet the conditions of Amendment 6 of the Cooperative Agreement between EDUCAUSE and the Department of Commerce. In particular, they must reasonably represent the name of the Registrant, may not be deployed to identify any organization other than the Registrant, and may not be "generic names."

If you are changing the domain name due to a change in the Registrant (organization) name, the EDUCAUSE Whois must first be updated to reflect the new organization name. Log in to your domain and find the organization name change option. EDUCAUSE must approve this type of request and might ask for documentation showing that the organization has changed or will change its name officially. Please check the EDUCAUSE Whois lookup regularly to verify that this change has been processed. Once the Whois has been updated, you may submit a domain name change request.

To submit a domain name change request, log in to your current domain and find the Change Domain Name option. This domain request must be approved before it becomes active and ready for use. Your old domain name can remain active for up to six months to assist in transition. If you find you need more time, EDUCAUSE will consider granting an additional six-month extension on request. On or before the release date, you must log in to your old domain name and submit a domain release request. Once the old domain is released and after the holding period, it will become available for selection on a first-come, first-served basis by an eligible institution.

No. You do not "own" the name and, therefore, may not give, sell, or in any other way transfer it to another institution. When you release a name, it becomes available for all institutions to select on a first-come-first-served basis.

Under the terms of Amendment 11 of the Cooperative Agreement with the Department of Commerce, EDUCAUSE is authorized to assess an annual $40.00 administration fee to recoup the expenses of managing the domain.

    Timeline
  • May, 2006: Domain contacts will receive official notification
  • June, 2006: Domain contacts will receive an initial invoice
  • August, 2006: Payment due date
  • December, 2006: Unpaid domains will be deactivated

Your eligibility for a name in the .edu domain is completely unrelated to any name(s) you might have or acquire in any other top-level domain(s), such as .us, .com, or .org. You are limited to a single name in the .edu domain, but you may hold any number of names in other domains.

No. Institutions may apply for only one name in the .edu domain.

Yes. If there are registered host names in your old domain, they must be changed or deleted before you can release your old domain.

EDUCAUSE is managing the .edu domain under the authority of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Both EDUCAUSE and the Department of Commerce are committed to maintaining the accuracy of the Whois database, which records the administrative details of each .edu name. We have therefore asked all registrants of .edu names to connect to the EDUCAUSE .edu Web page, log on to their domain account, review their entries, and correct any inaccuracies. See the Customer Service Agreement for further information.

Log in to your domain. Under Domain Options, you will find options to change the organization name, address, and contact information. These changes can take up to 2 business days tobe reflected. This must be approved, and EDUCAUSE might ask for documentation showing that the organization has changed or will change its name officially.

For 30 days the domain is held in a redemption period state. After 30 days, the status goes to pending delete for approximately 36 days. On approximately the 36th day, the domain will be available for selection.

Institutions and organizations with .edu domains prior to October 2001 will be allowed to retain those domains so long as they maintain proper administrative control. See the Customer Service Agreement for further informations.

If you are the Registrant of a .edu name and have transferred that name to any other entity, regardless of when the .edu name was assigned to you, you are in violation of Policy. (“Transferring” includes selling, trading, leasing, assigning, or any other means of transferring.) Policy requires that .edu names, other than those grandfathered, must reasonably represent the name of the Registrant, may not be deployed to identify any organization other than the Registrant, and may not be a “generic name”.

Under the terms of Amendment 6 of the Cooperative Agreement between EDUCAUSE and the Department of Commerce, effective July 25, 2003: “If EDUCAUSE becomes aware of a violation of these Policies, EDUCAUSE will notify the Registrant in writing and, if the violation is not corrected within 45 days, will remove the registration of the such .edu name, taking the necessary technical steps to return the name to the pool of available names as soon as practicable.

Under the terms of Amendment 6 of the Cooperative Agreement between EDUCAUSE and the Department of Commerce, effective July 25, 2003: “Violations will be noted and dealt with regardless of how long such violations were in place prior to notification.”