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RDC User Fees

Researchers using the onsite facilities will be charged for space, equipment rental, and staff time necessary for supervision, disclosure limitation review, maintenance of computer facilities (including both hardware and software), and the creation and maintenance of data files required by the researcher.


New file creation

  • There is a minimum setup charge of $500 per day ($250 for linked files). An additional $500 per day is charged as needed for file creation and for special handling, such as the merging of additional data or creating custom file formats.
  • More complex  projects, or changes to the original proposal, may require discussion between the researcher and RDC staff to determine the cost of creating the files.

On site fees

On site daily service charges

  • $200 per day (consecutive 2-day minimum and 10-day maximum, with extensions negotiated subject to scheduling requirements).

Remote access fees

Linked files

  • $250 per month for a single survey.
  • $125 per month for each additional survey cycle

National Survey of Family Growth Contextual Data File (NSFG-CDF)

  • $500 per year

For all other files:

  • $500 per month for a single survey
  • $250 per month for each additional survey cycle


We accept institutional checks, personal checks, and money orders. We do not accept purchase order or credit card payments. Make checks payable to: DHHS for Statistical Services


For a personal check, please write your name and Social Security number on the comment line. For an institutional check, please list the institutional Employer Identification Number (EIN) and your name on the comment line so we can link your payment with our invoice.


Payment must be received seven business days before the scheduled start date.


Payments should be mailed to:

Peter Meyer, Director

Research Data Center (RDC)

National Center for Health Statistics

3311 Toledo Road, Suite 4113

Hyattsville, MD 20782


Page Last Modified: December 15, 2008




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