New Applicants to the .edu Domain FAQ

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.

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

University system offices, state coordinating offices or boards, community college district offices, or equivalent entities located within the United States which have 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.

If your organization meets the above criteria and would like to request a .edu domain, you must first complete the authorization application form.

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.

Your eligibility for a name in the .edu domain will begin as soon as your accreditation is final. Current .edu policy does not recognize pre-accredited status for eligibility.

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.

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. At 2p.m. Eastern Time on approximately the 36th day the domain will be available for selection.

Under the terms of Amendment 6 of the Cooperative Agreement between EDUCAUSE and the Department of Commerce, .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." You may also not transfer any .edu name to any other entity. "Transferring" includes selling, trading, leasing, assigning, or any other means of transferring.

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.”