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Massachusetts SARA Fee Schedule and Payment Information

Effective March 6, 2018
Institution's total full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment as reported in the Federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) Total Annual Fee
Community Colleges $0
Under 2,500 FTE $3,000
2,500-9,999 FTE $6,000
10,000-19,999 FTE $9,000
20,000 or more FTE $12,000

Massachusetts institutions wishing to join or continue participating in SARA should take note of the above fee schedule. The SARA fee due to the DHE is in addition to the fee to be paid to NC-SARA. In order for the DHE to review a Massachusetts institution’s initial or renewal application to operate or continue operating under SARA, the Massachusetts DHE SARA Fee must be paid first. For Massachusetts institutions applying to join SARA, payments can be submitted electronically via Tab 7 of the institutional initial or renewal application via credit card or eCheck/ACH subject to an applicable convenience fee.

DHE’s electronic payments vendor, nCourt, charges the following convenience fees for submitting payments online through the MA-SARA Portal:

The below table is provided for informational purposes only to demonstrate the cost of the Massachusetts SARA Fee including nCourt’s convenience fees based on whether an institution chooses to pay using eCheck/ACH or a Credit Card:

MA-SARA Convenience Fee Comparisons

Institution’s MA-SARA Fee eCheck/ACH Fee Total Annual Fee (eCheck/ACH) Credit Card Fee Total Annual Fee (Credit Card)
$3,000 $0.35 $3,000.35 $83.70 $3,083.70
$6,000 $0.35 $6,000.35 $167.40 $6,167.40
$9,000 $0.35 $9,000.35 $251.10 $9,251.10
$12,000 $0.35 $12,000.35 $334.80 $12,334.80

If an institution is unable to submit an electronic payment through the MA-SARA Portal, it may contact the DHE SARA Team via email at for assistance.

Last updated: April 9, 2021

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