Required Fees

The cost of survey administration includes a nonrefundable $300 Registration Fee and a NSSE Administration Fee, which is based on your institution's total undergraduate enrollment (not the size of only the FY & SR population surveyed).

NSSE invoices are sent in March, after all survey customization is complete. Institutions that wish to use unencumbered funds for the upcoming NSSE administration may request a quote by email at Institutions that receive a quote must still submit a registration request to secure participation in NSSE.

NSSE 2025 Administration Fee
Undergraduate enrollmentEmail survey sampleAdministration fee
Fewer than 500All first-year & senior students$2,500
500 to 999All first-year & senior students$3,330
1,000 to 3,999All first-year & senior students$4,000
4,000 to 7,999All first-year & senior students$5,720
8,000 to 12,000All first-year & senior students$7,600
More than 12,000All first-year & senior students$9,500

Note: Institutions with fewer than 500 undergraduates may elect a local administration alternative with abbreviated data and reporting services for a reduced administration fee of $1,675.

To support institutional participation in the suite of engagement surveys, the $300 registration fee for NSSE is waived for institutions that participated in BCSSE the prior summer/fall. Institutions that participate in NSSE and FSSE in the same year will be charged one $300 registration fee that covers both administrations.

Customization Options and Fees

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 $275. Institutions appending consortium questions may select only one module (at no charge).

Participation in a consortium provides an opportunity to append extra questions to the end of the survey. Costs range from $125-$450.

Institutions can append a Custom Item Set for $450 to fulfill their various assessment needs. Those administering their own questions can only append one Topical Module or, if applicable, a consortium item set.

Institutions may add a NSSE-administered email recruitment oversample for $0.75 per student.

The student portal and learning management survey link service is provided for no additional cost.