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Certificate Service Annual Fee Schedule

The fee schedule for the InCommon Certificate Service appears below. Subscription details are here.

For higher education institutions, annual fees are determined by Basic Carnegie classifications. You can look up your institution’s Basic Carnegie Classification here.

Do you have multiple campuses? See the paragraph below this table.

InCommon Certificate Fee Level Basic Carnegie Classification Carnegie #Annual Cost Internet2 Member Cost (see if you qualify)
1 Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity 15$20,000 $15,000
2 Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity 16$15,000 $11,250
3 Doctoral/Professional Universities 17$10,000 $7,500
3 Special Focus Four-Year: Medical Schools & Centers 25 $10,000 $7,500
3Special Focus Four-Year: Research27$10,000$7,500
4 Associate’s Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional 5$5,000 $3,750
4 Associate’s Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Nontraditional 6$5,000 $3,750
4 Associate’s Colleges: High Career & Technical-High Traditional 7$5,000 $3,750
4 Master’s Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs 18$5,000 $3,750
5 Associate’s Colleges: High Transfer-High Nontraditional 3$3,000 $2,250
5 Associate’s Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Career & Technical-High Traditional 4$3,000 $2,250
5 Special Focus Two-Year: Arts & Design 12$3,000 $2,250
5 Master’s Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs 19$3,000 $2,250
6 Associate’s Colleges: High Transfer-High Traditional 1$2,000 $1,500
6 Associate’s Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional 2$2,000 $1,500
6 Associate’s Colleges: High Career & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional 8$2,000 $1,500
6 Associate’s Colleges: High Career & Technical-High Nontraditional 9$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Two Year: Health Professions 10$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Two-Year: Technical Professions 11$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Two Year: Other Fields 13$2,000 $1,500
6 Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges: Associate’s Dominant 14$2,000 $1,500
6 Master’s Colleges & Universities: Small Programs 20$2,000 $1,500
6 Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus21$2,000 $1,500
6 Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields22$2,000 $1,500
6 Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges: Mixed Baccalaureate/Associate’s23$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions24$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools26$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Four-Year: Engineering & Other Technology-Related Schools28$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Four-Year: Business & Management Schools29$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools30$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Four-Year: Law Schools31$2,000 $1,500
6 Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions32$2,000 $1,500
6 Tribal Colleges and Universities33$2,000 $1,500
6Carnegie: (Not classified)N/A$2,000$1,500
Non-Carnegie Classified OrganizationsN/A$2,000$2,000

Special pricing for multi-campus universities

We have developed special pricing for multi-campus organizations (those essentially operating as a single unit). Such universities must subscribe as a single entity, with a subscriber addendum signed by an appropriate official on behalf of all campuses.

InCommon will then provision up to three authorized users (Registration Authority Officers or RAOs) who will be able to further delegate authorization to individual campuses. If campuses use different domains, InCommon will need proof that the central administrative authority is authorized to issue certificates for the individual campuses.

Determining the cost for a multi-campus university

  1. Determine the Carnegie classification of each of your campuses.
  2. Locate the Carnegie classification types on the fee chart above and find the matching certificate levels.

If your multi-campus university includes campuses in Certificate Level 1 or Level 2

  1. Each Level 1 and Level 2 campus pays the full price listed on the chart above.
  2. There is no additional charge for the first three (3) Level 3, 4, or 5 campuses in your multi-campus organization.
  3. You receive a 50 percent discount for additional Level 3, 4, and 5 campuses beyond the first three.
  4. Any Level 6 campuses are complimentary, as is the system office (if you have one).
  5. If any of your Level 1 or Level 2 campuses are Internet2 members, your multi-campus organization is eligible for the 25 percent Internet2 member discount.

If your multi-campus organization includes no Level 1 or Level 2 campuses:

  1. All Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, and Level 6 campuses receive a 50 percent discount
  2. If 25 percent of your campuses are Internet2 members (or the system office is a member), all campuses receive the 25 percent Internet2 member discount.

In all cases, the entity administratively responsible for managing the certificates must join InCommon.

Research and Education Regional Networks…

…and other qualifying non-Carnegie classified organizations in the United States

Not-for-profit regional research and education networking organizations with primary offices in the United States that are not housed within an otherwise eligible educational institution may join this program by paying an annual fee of $2,000. No further discounts are applicable to this fee. In all cases, participation in this program is solely to allow the organization to acquire certificates for staff within that organization and for servers and services operated directly by the organization. Participation explicitly excludes the ability for the organization to issue certificates to affiliated organizations and individuals or to resell the service to members of the organization. This fee also applies to any non-Carnegie classified organizations that qualify for participation (i.e., organizations in the United States who currently have a .edu domain). All participating organizations must still join InCommon as is required for all participants in this program.

Principles in establishing the annual fees

The fee schedule was discussed and approved by the InCommon Steering Committee. The following five principles are core to the fee schedule:

Financially viable. The program must be financially viable and cover its costs. The key assumption of the financial model of the program’s viability was based on the assumption of significant and early uptake by the larger institutions (Carnegie Very High and High). While these institutions shoulder more of the cost, the value remains considerable as they stand to save the most in an unlimited certificate issuance service.

Affordability. We hope this certificate service generates a new era of cross-campus, personal certificate usage. For the broadest network affect on behalf of the research and education community, the program needs to be affordable to both very small and very large institutions, relative to their ability to pay.

Simplicity and Complexity. While the goal is to create a simple fee schedule, university systems are complex and require subtle distinctions for the sake of fairness across our community’s diverse structures. Using an external classification system for campuses creates an objective and well understood measure. Levels create a relatively simple structure that balances simplicity with an equitable ability to pay. For systems of universities, there are additional, real cost savings to the certificate program by allowing campus systems to participate as a single entity. We can create incentives for campuses to sign-up as part of a larger system while remaining true to the spirit of providing an equitably costed service across the community. We realize that no fee system can capture all of the diverse demographics in university systems across the nation. Even so, we are committed to recognizing this important structure and dealing with systems in a unified and transparent manner.

Innovation and Savings. If the program gets roughly 25% participation by the Very High and High campuses, it will cover its costs. If we are moderately more successful, the excess revenue over cost will be used to help fund and accelerate deployment of existing and future InCommon services.

Flexibility. There may be a system or organization that falls outside of the certificate fee schedule’s parameters. InCommon may need to negotiate arrangements that follow the spirit if not the letter of the above principles.