How .Edu Domain Names Work

.Edu has strict eligibility requirements for post secondary education institutions. All of these domains belong to accredited post secondary education institutions and use the .edu top level domain name. This article will review the requirements for registering a .edu domain name.

Administrator: The U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Educause the administration of .edu domain names in 2001 and its agreement currently runs through 2011.

Number of registered .edu domains: About 7,000

Annual registration fee: $40

Requirements and policies: Only postsecondary education institutions can register .edu domain names. But you can’t just set up a university called “Money” to register The organization must be institutionally accredited by an agency on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies. Note that this does not limit .edu to the United States, as schools outside the U.S. can be accredited by these organizations.

Further, an organization can’t select a generic domain name and must select one that reasonably represents the registrant. A state university can’t register Also, each institution can only receive one .edu domain. The University of Texas uses; it can’t also register

As of 2003, .edu domain names cannot be sold, leased, traded, etc., eliminating the possibility for someone to buy an existing .edu domain. .Edu domain names cost $40 per year to register.

Surprisingly, .edu domain names are sometimes dropped for some of the same reasons .com domain names drop: non-payment, inaccurate whois information, and violation of the domain name policy. Examples of domains put on hold recently include braxton.EDU,,, and


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