Institution Participation Fees

All institutions participating in SARA must each year pay a national fee to NC-SARA.


This annual fee is based on an institution's total full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment as submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postseconday Education Data System (IPEDS) each fall as 12-month FTE enrollment.  The NC-SARA fee is assessed as follows:

Enrolled FTE

Annual Fee

Under 2,5000




10,000 or more


  • Institutions that do not report to IPEDS use the FTE count for the same time period.
  • NC-SARA bills each participating institution after the institution is approved for participation (or renewal) by its SARA member state. Bills for continued participation are due prior to annual anniversaries of the institution’s initial SARA participation date.

To cover the in-state costs of administering SARA, many SARA states charge their participating institutions a separate, state fee.  View a chart of established state fees below.