Microsoft lets students use Office 365 for free, here is how to get it

Office 365 logo PC ouside

Today Microsoft is announcing that is making it a lot easier for students to download and use Office 365 for free. Previous Student Advantage program launched about a year ago to let students to access Office 365 from schools that use the product. The problem with the program was that the IT department had to initiate the service and create an account for each student. Not an ideal solution for those schools with system support technicians unwilling to get the service rolling.

Today Microsoft is stepping up to remove the third-party from the equation and allowing eligible students to sign up by themselves and download Office 365 on their own.


  • Your school has to be using Microsoft Office purchased via the Microsoft Volume Licensing program
  • You must be 13 years old or older
  • You must supply a valid email address provided by the school

What do you get?

  • Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access, and Publisher.
  • 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage from Microsoft
  • Installation on up to 5 PCs or Macs, and mobile Office apps for iPad and Windows tablets
  • Access to Office Online


  • Head over Office 365 for Students and click “Find out if you’re eligible”
  • Enter a valid school-provider email address and click Set up
  • Check your email account and click the link “Complete Office 365 Education signup”
  • Fill out the short application with your personal information and click Start
  • Finally, you’ll be taken to a new page where you can download Office 365 for PC or Mac

The program is only available in the U.S., but Microsoft will be expanding the program to different markets later this year.

Source Microsoft

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].