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What is Azure for Students?

Azure for Students gets you started with $100 in Azure credits to be used within the first 12 months plus select free services (subject to change) without requiring a credit card at sign-up.

The following products are free according to their period of availability and service limitations as long as your Azure subscription has more than $0 available credit or you have upgraded to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription:

Products Period of free availability
750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Microsoft Windows Server 12 months
750 hours of Azure B1S General Purpose Virtual Machines for Linux 12 months
128 GB of Managed Disks as a combination of two 64 GB (P6) SSD storage, plus 1 GB snapshot and 2 million I/O operations 12 months
5 GB of LRS-Hot Blob Storage with 2 million read, 2 million write, and 2 million write/list operations 12 months
5 GB of LRS File Storage with 2 million read, 2 million list, and 2 million other file operations 12 months
250 GB of SQL Database standard S0 instance with 10 database transaction units 12 months
5 GB of Azure Cosmos DB with 400 reserved in units 12 months
15 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer 12 months
5 GB of bandwidth for outbound data transfer with free unlimited inbound transfer Always free after first 12 months
10 web, mobile, or API apps with Azure App Service with 1 GB storage Always free
1 million requests and 400,000 GBs of resource consumption with Azure Functions Always free
Free Azure Container service to cluster virtual machines Always free
50,000 stored objects with Azure Active Directory with single sign-on (SSO) for 10 apps per user Always free
50,000 monthly stored users and 50,000 authentications per month with Azure Active Directory B2C Always free
Free Azure Service Fabric to build microservice apps Always free
First 5 users free with Visual Studio Team Services Always free
Unlimited nodes (server or platform-as-a-service instance) with Application Insights and 1 GB of telemetry data included per month Always free
Unlimited use of Azure DevTest Labs Always free
Machine Learning with 100 modules and 1 hour per experiment with 10 GB included storage Always free
Free policy assessment and recommendations with Azure Security Center Always free
Unlimited recommendations and best practices with Azure Advisor Always free
Free Azure IoT Hub edition includes 8,000 messages per day with 0.5 KB message meter size Always free
Free public load-balanced IP with Azure Load Balancer Always free
5 free low frequency activities with Azure Data Factory Always free
50 MB storage for 10,000 hosted documents with Azure Search including 3 indexes per service Always free
Free namespace and 1 million push notifications with Azure Notification Hubs Always free
Unlimited Azure Batch usage for job scheduling and cluster management Always free
Free 500 minutes of job run time with Azure Automation Always free
Unlimited users and 5,000 catalog objects with Azure Data Catalog Always free
30,000 transactions per month processing at 20 transactions per minute with Face API Always free
5,000 transactions per month with Bing Speech API Always free
Free 2 million characters included for Translator Text API Always free
Free 5 GB per month analysis plus 31-day retention period with Log Analytics Always free
Free Scheduler with 1 job collection, 5 jobs per collection, and 3,600 job executions Always free
50 virtual networks free with Azure Virtual Network Always free
Unlimited inbound Inter-VNet data transfer Always free

For detailed terms of use for Azure for Students, please see the offer terms.

Who is eligible for Azure for Students?

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 four-year educational institution where you’re a full-time student or faculty in a STEM-related field. You must verify your academic status through your organization’s email address (or Shibboleth, if supported by your organization). 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.

Do I have to pay to use Azure for Students?

No. Signing up is free and does not require a credit card.

Will I have to pay at some point?

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.

What happens after I use my $100 credit or I’m at the end of 12 months?

After you exhaust your available credit or reach the end of 12 months, your Azure subscription will be disabled. To continue using Azure, you may upgrade to a Pay-As-You-Go subscription by contacting Azure Support.

Is Azure for Students renewable?

No, renewal is not available. You can continue your subscription, if you choose, with a Pay-As-You-Go subscription.

What are subscriptions, and how do they relate to Azure for Students?

Subscriptions provide access to Azure products. Azure for Students gives you $100 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 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.

What happens with the products if I don’t upgrade?

If you decide not to upgrade at the end of 12 months or after you’ve exhausted your $100 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.

How do I know how much of the $100 credit I have left?

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

What do I need to sign up?

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

Why do I need a phone number?

We use your phone number for identity verification.

Can Azure for Students be used for production or only for development?

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.

Is Azure for Students available internationally?

Yes, it is available in the more than 140 countries/regions where Azure is commercially available. This doesn’t include sovereign cloud products in US Government, or Azure Germany regions. Azure for Students is available in:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Curaçao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao
  • Macedonia (FYRO)
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palestinian Authority
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cabo Verde
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands of the United States
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Is there a limited supply of Azure for Students offers?

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.

What if I’m unable to access or qualify for Azure for Students?

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).

Can I apply any of my $100 credit toward Azure Marketplace offers?

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.