Required Fees

The cost of survey administration includes a nonrefundable $300 Registration Fee and a Standard NSSE Administration Fee based on your institution's total undergraduate enrollment.

Administration fee
Undergraduate EnrollmentEmail survey sampleMail (USPS) survey sampleAdministration Fee
Fewer than 5001All first-year & senior students (up to 25,000 total)All first-year & senior$2,100
500 to 999All first-year & senior students (up to 25,000 total)700$2,800
1,000 to 3,999All first-year & senior students (up to 25,000 total)900$3,600
4,000 to 7,999All first-year & senior students (up to 25,000 total)1,200$4,800
8,000 to 12,000All first-year & senior students (up to 25,000 total)1,600$6,400
More than 12,000All first-year & senior students (up to 25,000 total)2,000$8,000

1 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 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 $250; this amount reflects an increase that was implemented starting with NSSE 2019. 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 $100-$400 (this amount reflects cost decreases implemented starting with NSSE 2019).

Institutions may add a NSSE-administered email recruitment oversample for $0.50 per student.


Beginning with the 2021 administration the student portal and learning management survey link service is provided for no additional cost.

Evidence-Based Improvement in Higher Education

Center for Postsecondary Research
Indiana University
School of Education
201 N. Rose Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1006
Phone: 812.856.5824