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(The National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity)

National norms are now available for the 2019 cycle of The Cost Study. Please log into the portal or contact for more information.

Important Notes for the 2020 Cycle
CARES Act Funds should be accounted for in your Cost Study data as long as those funds can be assigned to the instructional budgets (or separately budgeted research/public service) of your programs. Please use our existing definitions ( to determine if your allocation of the CARES Act funds qualifies them for inclusion in the Cost Study data submission.

2020 CIP Changes: The 2020 cycle of The Cost Study is following the 2020 CIP taxonomy. If you have previously participated in The Cost Study, and these changes affect your institution’s CIPs, please contact us at before you complete your data submission so that we can work with you to make the necessary adjustments.

Professional vs. Doctorate Degrees: Consistent with the historical definition used for The Cost Study, only JD and PharmD degrees should be included in the “Professional” degree category. All other doctorate degrees (PhD, EdD, PsyD, etc) should be placed in the “Doctorate” degree category.

Spring 2020 Online vs. Offline Credits: When classifying student credit hours (SCH) for the Spring 2020 semester, only categorize them as “Online” if they were originally scheduled as online courses. If a course was originally scheduled as an “Offline” or “In-person” course, regardless of whether or not they moved online, they should be categorized as non-Online SCHs.  |  |  302-831-7460  |  332 Hullihen Hall, Newark, DE 19716