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  1. What is the .edu domain?
  2. What is EDUCAUSE?
  3. What are the eligibility requirements for obtaining a name in the .edu domain?
  4. How does an institution apply for a name in the .edu domain?
  5. Is there a cost to have a name in the .edu domain?
  6. What is the role of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the management of the .edu domain?
  7. What is the term of the cooperative agreement between EDUCAUSE and the Department of Commerce?
  8. How can the policies governing management of the .edu domain be changed?
  9. I understand that some recent changes in Internet rules may make it easier for someone to "hijack" my .edu domain name. Is this true?
Questions and Answers
1.What is the .edu domain?
 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.
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2.What is EDUCAUSE?
 EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Membership is open to institutions of higher education, corporations serving the higher education information technology market, and other related associations and organizations. Resources include professional development activities; print and electronic publications, including books, monographs, and the magazine EDUCAUSE Review; strategic policy advocacy; teaching and learning initiatives; applied research; special interest collaborative communities; awards for leadership and exemplary practices; and extensive online information services. The current membership comprises more than 2,200 colleges, universities, and educational organizations, including 250 corporations, with more than 17,000 active members. EDUCAUSE has offices in Louisville, CO, and Washington, D.C. See www.educause.edu
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3.What are the eligibility requirements for obtaining a name in the .edu domain?
 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 Educationís 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.
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4.How does an institution apply for a name in the .edu domain?
 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.
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5.Is there a cost to have a name in the .edu domain?
 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.
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6.What is the role of the U.S. Department of Commerce in the management of the .edu domain?
 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.
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7.What is the term of the cooperative agreement between EDUCAUSE and the Department of Commerce?
 The initial term of agreement is five years with the possibility of renewal indefinitely based on satisfactory performance.
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8.How can the policies governing management of the .edu domain be changed?
 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 or to comment on policy changes suggested by others, go to the EDUCAUSE .edu Policy Comment Forum.
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9.I understand that some recent changes in Internet rules may make it easier for someone to "hijack" my .edu domain name. Is this true?
 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 on 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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