ICN Home Institution Model -

Cost-Sharing for Cross-Institutional Enrollment Through the ICN Home Institution Model - 2007


The ICN Home Institution Model recognizes two primary areas of expense for campuses participating in cross-institutional enrollment: administrative and instructional. The originating institution bears the full cost of providing the instruction—faculty salary, instructional support, library resources, technology systems and support, etc.—to all students enrolled in a course, regardless of which institutions may serve as those students’ “homes.” The home institution bears the majority (though not all) of the administrative costs associated with advising students, processing enrollment, recording grades and granting credit, awarding and administering financial aid, etc.

Participating institutions recognize, however, that although neither party is profiting financially from these kinds of cross-institutional enrollments, the goal is to help assure that students can make timely progress in their courses of study with access to the full range of educational resources they need. At a broad system level, the institutions hope that apparent financial gains and losses can balance out over the long term for everyone.

Correspondingly, participating institutions have agreed to the following general formula for sharing these service costs, with a goal of providing sufficient consistency to permit clarity for students and staff and to facilitate long-term planning by all.

  • It is agreed that Home Institutions will charge their students their own tuition and fees, according to their published resident or distance-education general service per-credit-hour rates. Institutions which ordinarily use block tuition formulas usually have part-time or elective per-credit-hour rates which can be applied for enrollments through ICN.
  • Home Institutions will forward 90% of the tuition collected (but not including special-purpose fees) up to 100% of the originating institution’s published resident or distance-education general service per-credit-hour rates plus any technology fee or distance education fee charged to distance students at the Originating Institution. In no case will the Home Institution forward more than 90% of its tuition collected.
  • It is the responsibility of the Originating Institution to generate an invoice to the Home Institution for payment of cross-registered students during a particular semester.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to drop or withdraw from a course through the Home Institution and the responsibility of the Originating Institution to notify the Home Institution of the last date of attendance. Since the Home Institution is responsible for collecting tuition and dealing with payments, the Home Institution’s policies and schedules will prevail regarding refunds due to students and any amount to be returned from the Originating Institution to the Home Institution if payment has already been forwarded.
  • Where applicable, the Originating Institution will receive credit for the enrollment through the Commission for Higher Education for purposes of Indiana enrollment adjustment funding.

This cost-sharing agreement will apply to cross-institutional enrollments beginning with academic year 2008-09. It will be reviewed each winter and either re-endorsed or adjusted to address changing circumstances or unanticipated problems.