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Programs for educational institutions

 
The Volume Licensing agreement that best fits your organization depends on the size and type of your institution and how you want to acquire Microsoft licenses and cloud services.
 
 
Download an academic comparison chart to help you find the right agreement for your organization. See the document library for additional information about academic licensing agreements.

For small to midsize academic organizations

Open License for Academic*

Get licenses and cloud services from your choice of authorized resellers through an easy, one-time transaction. Software Assurance is optional.

Open Value for Academic

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

Open Value Subscription for Education Solutions Enjoy low up-front costs and access to Microsoft software licenses and cloud services, as well as included student use benefits, through subscription-based licensing.

Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider

Acquire cloud services and software licenses with help from a Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider through a pay-as-you-go model. A Cloud Solution Provider can help midsize organizations determine the best cloud solution and will support you through purchasing to deployment and use. Find a Cloud Solution Provider.

*The Microsoft Open License program will no longer be available effective January 1, 2022. See this article for more information.

For midsize to large academic organizations

Enrollment for Education Solutions

Get assured coverage for Education Platform Products through an annual user count, the ability to order additional products as needed, free licensing options, and enhanced Student Use Benefits. With the Enrollment for Education Solutions, you get broad access to cloud services, the ability to more accurately direct technology spend, and enhanced benefits with tools and resources to help you manage your institution while empowering your faculty to innovate.

Select Plus for Academic Use Select Plus to acquire Microsoft software licenses 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.

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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 you deploy, manage, and migrate software.
 
For at-a-glance information on what Software Assurance might bring to your institution, see the Software Assurance Academic Benefits Chart (PDF, 2.2 MB).
 
 

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 geographic location. Download the Qualified Education User Definition for your location to verify eligibility.
 

Buy or renew

 
Ready to buy or renew licenses or cloud services through a volume licensing agreement?
 

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