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Microsoft Volume Licensing programs for government, education, healthcare, and nonprofits offer flexible and affordable solutions that are tailored by organization size and purchasing preference.

Office 365 is available to eligible government, academic, and nonprofit organizations through some Volume Licensing programs. Learn more.

Microsoft Corporate Citizenship works with nonprofit and other nongovernmental organizations to provide them with affordable access to technology. See if your organization qualifies.

Government organizations

Licensing options that align with the way government organizations acquire software licenses

Licensing options that align with the way government organizations acquire software licenses

Programs for government organizations

Volume Licensing has government licensing offerings for all sizes of eligible organizations with special pricing and terms to better align to the way government organizations acquire software licenses.

For small to midsize government organizations

Open License for Government

Acquire licenses from your choice of qualified resellers through an easy, one-time transaction. Software Assurance is optional.

Open Value for Government

Offers simplified license management, predictable software costs, and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

Open Value Subscription for Government

Get the same benefits as Open Value for Government with lower up-front costs. This program provides access to Microsoft software licenses for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. A one-year Open Value Subscription option is also available for eligible government customers.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Learn more about Software Assurance

For midsize to large government organizations

Enterprise Agreement for Government

Standardize technology across your organization with the latest Microsoft products. Provides simplified license management with a single agreement, predictable software costs, and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

Enterprise Subscription Agreement for Government

Get the same benefits as the Enterprise Agreement with lower up-front costs with the subscription option. Includes access to Microsoft software licenses only for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. Software Assurance is included.

Microsoft Products and Services Agreement

The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement (MPSA) consolidates all your purchases into one simplified agreement with purchasing for Online Services and software. The Purchasing Account structure gives you flexible purchasing options and more control of how you purchase. Software Assurance is optional.

Select Plus for Government

If the MPSA isn’t an option for your organization, you can use Select Plus to acquire Microsoft software licenses and services at any affiliate or department level, while realizing advantages as one organization. Select Plus offers the flexibility to acquire licenses as needed, a single agreement with no specific end date, and a single Lead Affiliate customer ID to streamline account management. Software Assurance is optional.

Cloud Services for Government

For government organizations, Microsoft Enterprise Agreement and Open Programs offer the ability to add Online Services purchases to your agreement, so you can transition to the cloud at your own pace through your existing agreement.

Software Assurance
Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.

Learn more about Software Assurance

Eligibility

Volume Licensing eligibility requirements for government organizations vary by region. Follow these links to learn more:

Buy or renew

Ready to buy or renew a Volume License agreement? Depending on your location, take the next step outlined below:

United States and Canada
Contact your Microsoft reseller. For more information, or to find a Microsoft reseller near you, call the Microsoft Sales Information Center at (800) 426-9400. In Canada, call the Microsoft Resource Centre at (877) 568-2495.

Worldwide
Contact your Microsoft subsidiary or software reseller.

Educational institutions

Licensing options to put software in the hands of educators and students so they can interact, collaborate, and learn

Licensing options to put software in the hands of educators and students so they can interact, collaborate, and learn

Programs for educational institutions

The Academic Volume Licensing program that is best for you depends on the size and type of your institution and how you want to acquire Microsoft licenses and Online Services. There are two types of programs: subscription and perpetual.

Subscription licensing
Subscription licensing gives you rights to use the products that you license—plus covered upgrades and downgrades—over the license period. Subscription licensing is great for institutions that want:
  • Access to the latest technology at the lowest upfront cost

  • The convenience of counting people or computers once per year

  • Easy compliance by knowing all users or computers are licensed for the year

  • Automatic Software Assurance coverage

Perpetual licensing
In perpetual licensing programs, you purchase the software licenses, so your organization has rights to the software after the licensing term ends. Perpetual licensing is great for institutions that want:
  • To own their software licenses

  • Transactional-based purchases of licenses in specific quantities

  • Optional Software Assurance coverage

Eligibility

The following types of educational entities are typically eligible to purchase through Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing programs:

  • Educational institutions
  • Administrative offices and boards of education
  • Public libraries and museums

Eligibility may vary by geography. Download the Qualified Education User Definition for your location to verify eligibility.

Program comparison

Compare your options to find the right licensing program for your institution.

Enrollment for Education Solutions

School Enrollment

Open License for Academic

MPSA

Select Plus for Academic

Program type and term length

Subscription
yesyes
Perpetualyesyesyes
Agreement/ enrollment term

1 or 3 years

1 or 3 years

2 years

none

none

Institution type

Primary and secondary schools and districtsyesyesyesyesyes
Higher educationyesyesyesyes

Institution size

5-249 computersyesyes
250+ computersyesyesyesyes
5+ full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or studentsyes   
1,000+ FTE employees or studentsyes   

Software Assurance

Includedyesyes  
Availableyes yes  yes 

Sales channel

Licensing Solution Provider (LSP)yes
1,000+ FTE employees or students
yes yes  yes
Authorized Education Reseller (AER)yes
5+ FTE employees or students
yesyes

Learn more

Download the Enrollment for Education Solutions Volume Licensing Guide (PDF file, 1.4 MB)


Watch the EES video (WMV, 3:23 minutes)

Download the School Enrollment Volume Licensing Guide
(PDF, 696 KB)

Download the Open License for Academic Volume Licensing Guide
(PDF, 245 KB)

 

Learn more about the MPSA

Download the Select Plus for Academic Volume Licensing Guide
(PDF, 268 KB)

Buy or renew

Ready to buy or renew licenses or Online Services through an Academic Volume Licensing agreement?

United States and Canada

Worldwide

Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Academic

If you discover counterfeit, pirated, or any software improperly licensed on your PC, help is available. The Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Academic (GGWA-A) is a cost-effective way for qualified academic institutions to fully license their Windows operating system software on existing PCs running Windows. For help determining whether your Windows software is genuine and properly licensed, contact your Microsoft reseller or visit the Microsoft How to Tell website.

Health organizations

Licensing options for technology to help your organization support patient health and safety

Licensing options for technology to help your organization support patient health and safety

Programs for health organizations

Get the technology that will help your organization support patient health and safety, whether it is on-premises software or Online Services. Volume Licensing programs are tailored to your organization's size and needs, making it simple to predict and manage license purchases.

Office 365 is available to commercial, government, and academic health organizations through the Enterprise Agreement and Open Programs, and to nonprofit organizations through Open License.

  • Open License

    Acquire licenses from your choice of qualified resellers through an easy, one-time transaction. Software Assurance is optional.

    Open Value

    Offers simplified license management, predictable software costs, and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

    Open Value Subscription

    Get the same benefits as Open Value with lower up-front costs. This program provides access to Microsoft software licenses for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. A one-year Open Value Subscription option is also available for eligible government health customers.

  • Enterprise Agreement

    Standardize technology across your organization with the latest Microsoft products. Provides simplified license management with a single agreement, predictable software costs, and spread payments. Software Assurance is included.

    Enterprise Subscription Agreement

    Get the same benefits as the Enterprise Agreement with lower up-front costs. Includes access to Microsoft software licenses only for the term of the agreement through subscription-based licensing. Software Assurance is included.

    Select Plus

    Acquire Microsoft software licenses and services at any affiliate or department level, while realizing advantages as one organization. Select Plus offers the flexibility to acquire licenses as needed, a single agreement with no specific end date, and a single Lead Affiliate customer ID to streamline account management. Software Assurance is optional.

    Software Assurance
    Microsoft Software Assurance is a comprehensive maintenance offering that helps you get the most out of your software investment. It combines the latest software with phone support available 24 hours a day, partner services, training, and IT tools that help customers deploy, manage, and migrate software.
    Learn more about Software Assurance

Eligibility

To get started with Volume Licensing, determine the business type of your health organization. Microsoft offers:

  • Commercial licensing for privately run health organizations.

  • Government licensing for any government organization or institution that:

    • Provides health services and coverage.
    • Sets or decides healthcare policy across a nation, state, or country.
    • Provides funding for health services and coverage
    • Has a regulatory role in health services and coverage
See definitions for government eligibility in different regions

Buy or renew

Ready to buy or renew a Volume License agreement? Depending on your location, take the next step outlined below:

United States and Canada

Worldwide

Nonprofit organizations

Flexible licensing options designed to make it easy to purchase licenses at reduced prices

Flexible licensing options designed to make it easy to purchase licenses at reduced prices

Programs for nonprofit organizations

Eligible nonprofit organizations can acquire multiple software licenses—rather than multiple software packages—and Office 365 at reduced prices through Volume Licensing. For software, your organization needs to purchase only one complete software package and enough licenses to cover the remaining number of computers.

Learn more about Office 365 for Nonprofits

Microsoft Corporate Citizenship works with nonprofit and other nongovernmental organizations to provide them with affordable access to technology. Learn more.

Open License for Nonprofits
Easy to understand and administer, Open License for Nonprofits* is flexible enough to meet the needs of a broad range of organizations. After an initial order of five or more licenses, you can reorder as few as one license, so you order only what you need. Choose from a wide selection of licensed products and acquire them from any approved Volume Licensing reseller.

You receive license confirmation information electronically and can quickly and easily view your license purchase history, so there's never any question about which licenses you own. Your organization gets even more value, more manageability, and more assistance with optional Software Assurance.

* Not available in all countries/regions

Software Assurance
More than an upgrade, Software Assurance can help your organization get the most value from up-to-date technology by providing a powerful combination of productivity benefits, support, tools, and training. Software Assurance offerings available under Open License for Nonprofits are the same benefits as those available under commercial Open License agreements.

For at-a-glance information on what Software Assurance might bring to your organization, see the Software Assurance Benefits Chart (PDF, 768 KB).

Learn more about Software Assurance

Eligibility

Only eligible nonprofit organizations that meet certain requirements can purchase licenses through Open License for Nonprofits.

Buy or renew

Only eligible nonprofit organizations that meet certain requirements can purchase licenses through Open License for Nonprofits.

United States

Worldwide