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Fee Regulations

Upon receipt, your request is reviewed to determine how fees will be assessed. Requesters generally fall into one of three categories.  

Requester Category Duplication Cost Search Fees Review Fees
Commercial Business Requesters 20cents per page, or the $3.00 cost of each computer disk. No duplication fees if records are released as email attachment. Based on the duration of the search and the salary of the agency employee who performed the search, plus 16%. Based on the duration of the review and the salary of the agency employee who reviewed the records, plus 16%.
Educational Institutions/ Media 20cents per page (first 100 pages free), or the $3.00 cost of each computer disk. No duplication fees if records are released as email attachment. None. None.
All others (private individuals, etc.) 20cents per page (first 100 pages free), or the $3.00 cost of each computer disk. No duplication fees if records are released as an email attachment. First 2 hours free. Based on the duration of the search and the salary of the agency employee who performed the search, plus 16%. None.

For all requesters, if the total fee for your request is less than $5, you will not be charged. You will be notified if your fees exceed $25 or any other amount specified in your request. If the fees total more than $250, ED will request payment in advance.

If you expect that a fee will be charged, you may request a fee waiver. ED's FOIA Officers have sole authority to grant or deny fee waivers.

For more information on fees and fee regulations read the FAQs.


 
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Last Modified: 11/06/2014