Feature comparison

Two Microsoft 365 user subscription plans are available for faculty and students: Microsoft 365 A3 and Microsoft 365 A5. Both plans provide a comprehensive set of productivity and security capabilities, while Microsoft 365 A5 provides the latest and most advanced innovations in security, compliance, analytics, and collaboration. Additionally, Microsoft 365 A1 provides a simple solution to support all learners with desktop apps, cloud management through Microsoft Intune for Education, with a one-time payment per device.

For additional details about the online services included in the Microsoft 365 plans for enterprise customers, download the plan comparison here.

Individual multi-plan service comparisons

Some individual online services are offered in more than one plan (multi-plan service). The downloadable full comparison table only lists which plan of any available multi-plan service is included in each Microsoft 365 suite license. Below are links providing additional details of individual multi-plan services.

Azure Active Directory Premium (plan 1 and 2)
Exchange Online (plan K, 1, and 2)
SharePoint Online (plan K, 1, and 2)
Microsoft Stream (for Microsoft 365 plans)

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Microsoft 365 Education FAQ


Microsoft 365 Education includes Minecraft: Education Edition, Intune for Edu (a management solution designed specifically for an education environment), and additional tools to help educators and students in and beyond the classroom(e.g., Class Notebook and Assignments functionality as part of Teams).

Yes, customers can buy all the product components separately: Office 365, Windows 11 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Microsoft 365 Education A3 and A5 subscriptions provide the right to access server software running on Licensed Servers or to Manage Operating System Environments. For a full list of Client Access License (CAL)/Management License (ML) Equivalent rights, please see the current Product Terms.

Customers with Microsoft 365 A3 subscriptions are eligible to purchase Microsoft 365 A5 Compliance and/or Microsoft 365 A5 Security as add-ons to their Microsoft 365 A3 subscriptions.