Your username may be your domain name without the '.EDU' ending.
Please note: The .edu Cooperative Agreement allows registrants that registered .edu domain names prior to the Agreement taking effect October 29,2001, to retain those registrations regardless of whether the registrants meet the current .edu eligibility requirements, so long as they renew their registrations and otherwise follow domain policy (e.g., the ban on transferring a .edu domain name to a different institution or organization).
Therefore, do not infer that your institution or organization is eligible for .edu registration because a similar institution or organization holds a .edu domain name. Please carefully review the .edu eligibility requirements to ensure that your institution or organization qualifies for .edu domain name registration.
Per the terms of the .edu Cooperative Agreement, institutions applying to register a .edu domain name or seeking to renew a .edu domain name registration that was approved on or after October 29, 2001, must meet the following eligibility criteria:
University system offices, state coordinating offices or boards, community college district offices, or equivalent entities located within the United States having as their principal activity the management and governance of a collection of "Accredited Institutions" that themselves meet the eligibility criteria for .edu. Each entity, in order to qualify under this category, must be commissioned, established, or recognized by a state, local, or national government to perform this management and governance activity.
Non-profit entities are eligible to register one .edu domain if the vast majority of their members are colleges, universities, and other relevant educational organizations, provided that at least 75 percent of their institutional members are themselves currently eligible for a .edu domain. Entities whose members are primarily individuals are not eligible for .edu domains. Eligible associations or consortia must be institutional membership organizations with memberships predominantly comprised of institutions that are themselves eligible for .edu registration.
If your organization meets the eligibility criteria for the type of application you plan to submit, then use our look up tool to see if the domain name you want is available. Please remember, though, that .edu domain names (other than grandfathered registrations) must reasonably represent the name of the registrant institution or organization. Generic names are not allowed, and .edu domain names may not be deployed to identify any organization other than the registrant institution or organization. Intentionally deploying a .edu domain name for an institution or organization other than the registrant entity would constitute a violation of domain policy and may lead to the termination of the domain name registration.
The policies that govern .edu domain name eligibility and management are reviewed periodically by the .edu Policy Board. The Policy Board can recommend changes in .edu policy for acceptance by the US Department of Commerce. To suggest policy changes, or to submit comments on policy changes suggested by others, Contact Us.
For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.