.edu General FAQ

EDUCAUSE is a higher education technology association and the largest community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education.

EDUCAUSE supports those who lead, manage, deploy, and use information technology to anticipate and adapt to change, advancing strategic IT decision making at every level within higher education.

EDUCAUSE programs and services include: research, data, and analysis to help IT leaders and professionals stay up-to-date on topics, issues, and trends, professional learning opportunities to advance their knowledge and career, and meaningful collaboration and partnership across the community, helping members build a collaborative network of colleagues.

The current membership comprises more than 2,300 colleges, universities, and educational organizations, including 348 corporations, with more than 85,00 active members. EDUCAUSE is headquartered in Louisville, CO. See www.educause.edu

The .edu domain is one of the seven original top-level subdivisions of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). The .edu domain is intended for accredited post-secondary educational U.S. institutions. It is managed under the authority of the United States Department of Commerce.

Eligibility for a .edu domain name is limited to postsecondary U.S. institutions that are institutionally accredited, i.e., the entire institution and not just particular programs, by agencies on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies. These include both "Regional Institutional Accrediting Agencies" and "National Institutional and Specialized Accrediting Bodies" recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Note that institutional accreditation is required for .edu eligibility; program accreditation is not sufficient. Not all agencies accredit institutions. Some accredit only institutions, some accredit only programs, and others accredit both institutions and programs.

It is also important to note that, while every effort is made to keep the EDUCAUSE list up-to-date, the U.S. Department of Education's list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and State Agencies are the only official comprehensive lists of agencies.

Eligible institutions may apply for a name in the .edu domain by follow the procedures on the Request a New Domain page. Eligibility criteria, advice for avoiding duplicate domain name requests, related policies, timelines, and other information are available on the EDUCAUSE .edu domain Web site.

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. Please note that payment is just one step of a two step renewal process. All registrants are also required to accept the customer service agreement annually.

The Department of Commerce retains final authority over the membership and operations of the .edu domain. The cooperative agreement with EDUCAUSE requires the approval of both parties for substantive changes.

The initial term of agreement is five years with the possibility of renewal indefinitely based on satisfactory performance.

As specified in the cooperative agreement between EDUCAUSE and the U.S. Department of Commerce, policies will be reviewed periodically by a Policy Board. The Policy Board has the authority to recommend changes to the Department of Commerce for incorporation by amendment into the cooperative agreement with EDUCAUSE. To suggest policy changes, Contact Us.

No. The changes you've heard about ICANN transfer policy do not affect the .edu domain. These changes were put in place by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to make it easier for a domain name holder to transfer that name from one Internet Registrar to another. In the case of .edu names, first, there is only one Registrar, EDUCAUSE, and, second, the .edu domain is not subject to ICANN regulations.

All procedure for the .edu domain remain unchanged and these procedures continue to prevent unauthorized updates to .edu registrations.

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