Cost of Survey Participation
The cost of survey administration includes a $300 Registration Fee (nonrefundable) and a Standard NSSE Administration Fee based on your institution's total undergraduate enrollment.
|NSSE 2016 Fees|
|Registration fee: $300|
|Fewer than 500*||All first-year
(up to 25,000 total)
|All first-year & senior||$2,100|
|500 to 999||700|
|1,000 to 3,999||900||$3,600|
|4,000 to 7,999||1,200||$4,800|
|8,000 to 12,000||1,600||$6,400|
|More than 12,000||2,000||$8,000|
* Institutions with fewer than 500 undergraduates may elect a local administration alternative
with abbreviated data and reporting services for a reduced administration fee of $1,500.
Customization Options and Fees
Topical Modules (Optional)
Topical Modules are short sets of additional questions on focused topics. Institutions may append one module to the end of the survey at no charge and may append a second module for $150. Institutions appending consortium questions may select only one module (at no charge). Click here for more information about modules.
Consortium Participation (Optional)
Participation in a consortium provides an opportunity to append extra questions to the end of the survey. Costs vary based on institutional size. Click here for fees and more information about consortia.
Institutions may add a NSSE-administered email recruitment oversample for $0.50 per student.
Student Portal / Learning Management System Survey Links (Optional)
The student portal and learning management survey link service entails an additional $150 fee. Click here for more information.
NSSE may charge a fee to recover additional expenses such as for creating reports based on non-standard institutional conditions (e.g., institutions outside the US and Canada) or processing late population file corrections. Contact your Project Service team for additional details.
NSSE incurs survey administration costs on behalf of institutions well before actual delivery of student invitations. Accordingly, all institutions that withdraw from NSSE will be billed the nonrefundable $300 Registration Fee. Additional cancellation fees for late withdrawals may apply, based on the schedule below. Institutions that withdraw after February 1 will be billed their Registration Fee and 90% of their Administration Fee.
|Fees for Withdrawal from NSSE|
|Date of Withdrawal||Billable Amount|
|Prior to December 1||$300 Registration Fee|
|Between December 1 and February 1||$300 Registration Fee + $500 Withdrawal Fee|
|After February 1||$300 Registration Fee + 90% of Administration Fee|