What Creative Cloud licensing options are available for schools and universities?

There are three primary ways that schools and universities can license Creative Cloud, depending on deployment requirements. Learn more about Creative Cloud licensing options for education.

What is the best licensing option for a primary or secondary school or school district?

The Adobe Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) provides primary and secondary schools with an easy-to-manage licensing program that gives students and teachers access to Creative Cloud apps. Optional bundles for Adobe Captivate, Presenter, Photoshop Elements, and Premiere Elements are also available.

This one- or two-year term-based licensing program allows for predictable budgeting under a single agreement. Based on estimated street pricing, most primary and secondary schools that need approximately 15 or more computers in a lab or classroom environment will find that an EEA agreement is a lower-cost option than a Creative Cloud for education plan, depending on the institution's FTE (full-time equivalent) staff/teacher count. Learn more about EEA ›

What is a device license?

A Creative Cloud for education device license is a Adobe licensing option for classrooms and labs that allows multiple students to use the same creative application on a single computer without having to log in or authenticate license ownership. A device license can be used for a Single App or the All App plan. Online services and storage are not included.

What is a named-user license?

Creative Cloud for education includes a named-user licensing option, where a license is granted to each user rather than each device. A named-user license can be used for the All App plan or a Single App option, each with online services, and is also available for purchase through the Value Incentive Plan (VIP) program. Each named-user license includes two one-on-one, 30-minute Adobe Expert Services sessions per year and comes with the ability to install a second copy for the same person on a personally owned device as long as it’s not used simultaneously (known as “work-at-home rights”).

What’s the difference between All Apps and Single App memberships?

A Creative Cloud for education All Apps membership includes all the Creative Cloud apps. A Single App membership gives users access to one app, such as Photoshop CC or Illustrator CC. Single App customers on a named-user license will also have access to 20 GB of storage and services. This empowers them to sync, share, and collaborate with colleagues.

What applications and services are available in Creative Cloud for education customers?

Applications and services vary depending on your Creative Cloud licensing option. See the Education licensing overview for a comparison of applications and services.

What is the Value Incentive Plan (VIP)?

You may be familiar with Adobe’s CLP and TLP volume programs that are available for purchasing licenses of perpetual software from Adobe. VIP is a membership-based buying program that customers join to purchase Creative Cloud for education. With a VIP membership, there are no minimum license purchase requirements. Management is easy, deployment is immediate, and compliance is automatic. There is no cost to join VIP. Learn more about VIP ›

What’s the difference between deployment for named-user and device licenses in VIP?

Deployment for device licenses must be done via the Creative Cloud Packager. Named-user deployment is either via the Admin Console or Creative Cloud Packager. Learn more about Creative Cloud Packager ›

Is Creative Cloud for education appropriate for institution-wide deployment?

If you’re looking to provide institution-wide deployment customized to fit your requirements, you can purchase Creative Cloud for enterprise through an Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA). Primary and secondary schools and legal entities may also purchase Creative Cloud apps through an Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA).

What is an Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA)?

The ETLA is a buying program for enterprises. Learn more about an ETLA for education ›

Where is Creative Cloud hosted?

Creative Cloud is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), in the United States, the European Union, and Asia Pacific. AWS offers a reliable platform for software services used by thousands of businesses worldwide. AWS provides services in accordance with security best practices, and undergoes industry-recognized certifications and audits. This means that Creative Cloud members benefit from Amazon’s ongoing commitment to security practices for stored assets. Learn more about AWS and security ›

Can nonprofit customers purchase Creative Cloud through education licensing?

Yes, nonprofit customers are eligible to purchase both Creative Cloud for education named-user and device licenses, and may also be eligible under the ETLA. Contact your Adobe sales representative for more details. Note that individual Creative Cloud memberships do not qualify for nonprofit pricing.

How do students and teachers purchase Creative Cloud for personal use on their own computers?

Students and teachers can purchase Creative Cloud at a discounted price. See the Students and Teachers plans page.