Azure for Students FAQ

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  • Azure for Students is available only to students who meet the following requirements. You must affirm that you are age 18 or older and attend an accredited, degree-granting two-year or four-year educational institution where you’re a full-time student in a STEM-related field. You must verify your academic status through your organization’s email address . This offer is not available for use in a massive open online course (MOOC) or in other professional trainings from for-profit organizations. The Azure for Students offer is limited to one per eligible student, is non-transferable, and cannot be combined with any other offers unless otherwise permitted by Microsoft. Azure for Students has a limited supply of activations and the offer is available only while supplies last. Each region has a limited number of Azure for Students offers available, and your geographical location may run out of supplies while the offer is still available in other regions. Microsoft may terminate this offer at our sole discretion. Other restrictions may apply.

  • No. Signing up is free and doesn't require a credit card.

  • As long as you use the service quantities included for free during the term, you won’t have to pay anything. Use your Azure for Students credits to pay for services you use over the free quantity included. To continue using Azure after you exhaust your available credits, you may upgrade to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription by contacting Azure Support. After you upgrade, you pay only for services you use over the free quantity included.

  • After you exhaust your available credit or reach the end of 12 months, your Azure subscription will be disabled. If you‘ve reached the end of your 12 months and are still a student, you‘ll be able to renew your Azure for Students offer. We’ll notify you shortly before your 12-month anniversary to let you know how to renew. If you’re no longer a student, you may upgrade to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription by contacting Azure Support.

  • Yes. If you’re still a student, you may renew for another 100 USD Azure credit. We’ll send a notification when you’re eligible for renewal (up to 30 days before your anniversary of signing up). Simply re-validate your student account with us and you’ll be given additional Azure credit. Unused credit is non-transferable.

  • Subscriptions provide access to Azure products. Azure for Students gives you 100 USD credit for 12 months and access to more than 25 free products, including compute, network, storage, and databases. Any charges incurred during this period are deducted from the credit. To continue using Azure at the end of 12 months or after you've exhausted your 100 USD credit, whichever occurs first, you must upgrade to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription by contacting Azure Support. After you provide a valid credit card, you remove the spending limit on the subscription and get access to the free products as part of your upgraded account.

  • If you decide not to upgrade at the end of 12 months or after you’ve exhausted your 100 USD credit, whichever occurs first, any products you’ve deployed will be decommissioned and you won’t be able to access them. You can always come back within the next 90 days to upgrade your subscription.

  • You can see your remaining credit on the Microsoft Azure Sponsorships portal.

  • Your Azure for Students subscription will provide you with access to certain software developer tools available to download for free. You must have a current, active Azure for Students subscription to access the software developer tools. Once you have signed up with Azure for Students, you can download this software through the Education Hub.

  • You can view the list of software developer tools available to download here.

  • Microsoft Learn is a free, online learning platform that allows you to learn Azure technologies at your own pace. Learning Paths combine modules that allow you to start with the basics, then move to advanced methods that address real-world challenges.

  • The Education Hub is located in the Azure portal that tailors all its content related to students. It allows for easy access to any Azure offers, software, learning, certification, or career resources that are available to students.

  • You need to provide a phone number and your academic organization’s email address (for example, your_name@your_school.edu) to sign up for an Azure for Students subscription.

  • We use your phone number for identity verification.

  • Azure for Students provides access to all Azure products expressly intended to support education or teaching, non-commercial research, or efforts to design, develop, test, and demonstrate software applications for the above purposes.

  • Yes, it is available in the more than 140 countries where Azure is commercially available. This does not include sovereign cloud products in US Government, or Azure Germany regions.

  • Azure for Students has a limited supply of activations and the offer is available only while supplies last. Each region has a limited number of Azure for Students offers available, and your geographical location may run out of supplies while the offer is still available in other regions.

  • We encourage you to consider one of two alternative offers: Azure for Students Starter (no credit card required) and Azure free account (credit card required).

  • No, you can’t apply your credit to Azure Marketplace offers. However, many Azure Marketplace partners offer free trials and/or free tier plans for their solutions.