As part of the Student Advantage program, eligible students will get Office 365 from their school for free. Since the school has to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf of the student, students were not able to fully take advantage of it. Now, Microsoft has created a new self-serve model for students that lets them sign up for the free service on their own.
If you’re a student 13 years-old of age or older, here’s what you can do the check your eligibility and get Office for free:
- Go to Office 365 for Students.
- Enter a valid school-provided email address.
Here’s what qualified students will receive:
- The latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher
- Installation on up to five PCs or Macs, and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPad
- 1 Terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage
- Office Online
Sign-up for students is available in the U.S. today, and will expand worldwide later this year. Important thing to note is that the student must attend a school that has purchased Office organization-wide for all faculty/staff via the Microsoft Volume Licensing program to take advantage of this program.
We have even more great news to share—we’re also announcing that faculty and staff will soon be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as their students. This means that any organization purchasing Office for all of their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription at no extra cost for all students, faculty and staff.
Extending the Office 365 ProPlus benefit to faculty and staff ensures that teachers are using the latest versions of Office and the same feature set as their students. It will allow teachers to install full Office on up to five PCs or Macs and unlock the editing capabilities of the Office apps for iPad. It also gives them access to all their Office documents both at school and at home. With Office 365 ProPlus teachers can take advantage of great Office apps and add-ins like Office Mix to record and publish class lectures
Read more about it here.