How to Get Free Microsoft Office for Students

Microsoft Office is the most widely used suite of office tools. It includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a presentation program, and several other tools. The company also sells different plans designed for non-profit, business, or personal usage.




If you are a school administrator, teacher, or student, you might be eligible for a free Microsoft 365 subscription. The Microsoft Office student package is great for students on a budget, especially those who don’t want to or can’t pay the full price for the Office Suite.


What’s Included in the Microsoft 365 Student Subscription?

A free Office 365 subscription is a fantastic choice for students as it lets them collaborate on popular web apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The free Office subscription also gives users a 50 GB mailbox and access to Microsoft Teams to freely communicate with other classmates.

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Students also get access to personal cloud storage with OneDrive (unlimited for five or more users, otherwise it’s 1TB per user), as well as access to Microsoft Sway for creating interactive reports and presentations.

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There are three tiers that Microsoft offers, namely:

  • Office 365 A1
  • Office 365 A3
  • Office 365 A5


A1 is available for free, but A3 and A5 are paid options, costing $2.5 per user per month and $6 per user per month, respectively. A more detailed breakdown of the pricing structure is also available on Microsoft’s academic website.

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How to Sign Up for the Free Microsoft 365 Student Subscription

Screenshot of Office 365 Academic website

Microsoft has made it incredibly easy for students to sign up for a free Office student subscription. All you have to do is to enter your valid school email address on their official Office 365 Education website, and it’ll tell you whether your school’s eligible for the program.


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If your institution is eligible, access will be immediately granted.

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What if Your Institution Is Ineligible?

If, in case, your school is not eligible, you will get an option to sign up for an automated verification process. The process is mostly instantaneous, but in some cases, might take up to 30 days for completion.

Once you have access to Microsoft Office as a student, you might want to check out a few planner templates designed for students to help you manage your assignments and life better.

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