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Certificate Service Annual Fee Schedule

The fee schedule for the InCommon Certificate Service appears below.

  1. If you are not an InCommon participant, you must join InCommon, as well as subscribe to the Certificate Service. You can pursue both of these processes simultaneously.
  2. The Certificate Service is a three-year commitment. See the subscriber addendum for details.
  3. Determine your fees by looking up your Carnegie Classification. Then find your certificate level on the fee chart below.

Do you have multiple campuses? See the instructions below the table.

Category

Certificate Level

Annual Cost

Internet2 Member Cost (see if you qualify)

RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)+L4 (Large 4 Year)

1

$20,000

$15,000

RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)+M4 (Medium 4 Year) or S4 (Small 4 Year)

2

$15,000

$11,250

RU/H: Research Universities (high research activity)

2

$15,000

$11,250

DRU: Doctoral/Research Universities

3

$10,000

$7,500

Spec/Med: Special Focus Institutions--Medical schools and medical centers

3

$10,000

$7,500

Assoc/Pub-S-MC: Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Multicampus

4

$5,000

$3,750

Assoc/Pub-U-SC: Associate's--Public Urban-serving Single Campus

4

$5,000

$3,750

Assoc/Pub-U-MC: Associate's--Public Urban-serving Multicampus

4

$5,000

$3,750

Master's L: Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)

4

$5,000

$3,750

Assoc/Pub-R-L: Associate's--Public Rural-serving Large

5

$3,000

$2,250

Assoc/Pub-S-SC: Associate's--Public Suburban-serving Single Campus

5

$3,000

$2,250

Assoc/Pub4: Associate's--Public 4-year Primarily Associate's

5

$3,000

$2,250

Master's M: Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)

5

$3,000

$2,250

Assoc/Pub-R-S: Associate's--Public Rural-serving Small

6

$2,000

$1,500

Assoc/Pub-R-M: Associate's--Public Rural-serving Medium

6

$2,000

$1,500

Assoc/Pub-Spec: Associate's--Public Special Use

6

$2,000

$1,500

Assoc/PrivNFP: Associate's--Private Not-for-profit

6

$2,000

$1,500

Assoc/PrivFP: Associate's--Private For-profit

6

$2,000

$1,500

Assoc/Pub2in4: Associate's--Public 2-year Colleges under 4-year Universities

6

$2,000

$1,500

Assoc/PrivNFP4: Associate's--Private Not-for-profit 4-year Primarily Associate's

6

$2,000

$1,500

Assoc/PrivFP4: Associate's--Private For-profit 4-year Primarily Associate's

6

$2,000

$1,500

Master's S: Master's Colleges and Universities (smaller programs)

6

$2,000

$1,500

Bac/A&S: Baccalaureate Colleges--Arts & Sciences

6

$2,000

$1,500

Bac/Diverse: Baccalaureate Colleges--Diverse Fields

6

$2,000

$1,500

Bac/Assoc: Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Faith: Special Focus Institutions--Theological seminaries, Bible colleges

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Health: Special Focus Institutions--Other health professions schools

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Engg: Special Focus Institutions--Schools of engineering

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Tech: Special Focus Institutions--Other technology-related schools

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Bus: Special Focus Institutions--Schools of business and management

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Arts: Special Focus Institutions--Schools of art, music, and design

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Law: Special Focus Institutions--Schools of law

6

$2,000

$1,500

Spec/Other: Special Focus Institutions--Other special-focus institutions

6

$2,000

$1,500

Tribal: Tribal Colleges

6

$2,000

$1,500

Carnegie: (Not classified)

6

$2,000

$1,500

Non-Carnegie Classified Organizations

-

$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 agreement 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 include 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.

What were the pricing principles?

The fee schedule was discussed and approved by the InCommon Steering Committee (incommon.org/about). 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. If the program is wildly successful, the InCommon Steering Committee will evaluate the opportunity to reduce the cost to participants.

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.

 

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