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Programs for educational institutions

The Volume Licensing agreement that best fits your academic 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.

Introducing the new Enrollment for Education Solutions

The Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) has been modernized to simplify and standardize how you license Microsoft cloud services and software. With EES, you get broader 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.
EES is now based in cloud services, but it enables you to maintain an on-premises environment so you can migrate to the cloud at your own pace. By moving to a per user model, we’ve simplified and standardized coverage calculations and updated user definitions so your technology spend will more accurately reflect the usage of Microsoft cloud services and software. With an expanded set of Student Use Benefits and access to free online services for light users, you get more value for your organization-wide commitment. See the Enrollment for Education Solutions Licensing Guide or FAQ below for more information, including details on new qualifying products and the new, enhanced set of student use benefits.


There are four key changes that have been made to enrollment:

  • Qualifying products for a new EES moves from Desktop Platform Products to Education Platform Products: Desktop Platform Products are on-premises solutions that were used to qualify for the EES program in the past. As of October 1, 2017, customers may only qualify through using cloud services know as Education Platform Products.
  • Eliminating calculations for “full-time equivalent” (FTE) staff: EES moves to a per user model, counting all qualified users as one, instead of using the FTE equivalent calculation.
  • Simplifying user definitions to streamline license count: The “Education Qualified User" definition helps institutions better define who needs to be licensed.
  • Enabling greater flexibility to adjust at anniversary: Institutions now have the flexibility to increase or decrease their license count at the license anniversary date (must stay at or above the program minimum of 1,000 users).
These changes offer all the value of the Enrollment for Education Solutions today, while delivering additional value with expanded student use benefits and a simplified user count. Standardizing on the cloud platform (Education Platform Products) means all qualified users have access across multiple devices to the latest versions. Simplifying and standardizing user count lets institutions more accurately license faculty and staff who require full access to Microsoft products and cloud services. Light users have easier access to resources through free or low-cost offerings with the ability to add additional products.

In addition to key changes listed above, the following adjustments to the contract have been made:

  • The Student user definition has changed so that the Student Licensing Option counts all students regardless of full- or part-time status.
  • Work at Home Rights have been retired.
  • New Student Use Benefits have been added and standardized across cloud services.

When you sign a new EES enrollment, you must qualify with an Education Platform Product organization-wide, which are cloud services. The on-premises Education Desktop products are no longer qualifying products to enter into an EES, but if you prefer, you do have the ability to use on-premises products as a “downgrade” from Education Platform Products.

Yes. If you require on-premises use, all Education Platform Products include downgrade rights to on-premises product versions. For example, if you purchase Office 365 A3 for your entire organization, you can deploy Office Professional Plus for the entire organization.

You will not be affected until your current enrollment is up for renewal. At that time, you will be asked to move to the Enrollment for Education Solutions 2018 contract.

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 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 Customer Agreement through Cloud Solution Provider

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

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.
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.

Microsoft Customer Agreement through Cloud Solution Provider

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

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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).


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.

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