The Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP) is a subscription licensing program with simple and secure management capabilities, flexible terms that give educational institutions lots of choices, and discount levels that increase as you make additional purchases.
The VIP program guide for Education has eight sections: (1) Overview; (2) VIP Select; (3) Subscription term options; (4) Enrollment; (5) Adding and deploying licenses; (6) Dates; (7) Renewals; and (8) Support and resources. Use the list of topics to easily switch among the eight different sections.
Qualified nonprofit organizations are permitted to purchase through VIP using the Education price list. For information on Nonprofit eligibility, refer to the Nonprofit eligibility guidelines on Adobe.com.
VIP helps educational institutions of all sizes manage licenses of industry-leading Adobe apps including Creative Cloud, Acrobat DC, Adobe Stock (not available for purchase in the People's Republic of China), Captivate, and more. View the Buying Programs Comparison Guide for a full listing.
With VIP, you can purchase shared device licenses†
to use on institutionally-owned machines (such as computer labs), and you can purchase named-user licenses to provide Creative Cloud to educators and students wherever they are (work-at-home) and on any device they use including non-institution-owned devices.
* Creative Cloud 2018 (released October 2017) is the last version of Creative Cloud available on device licenses. In order to receive the latest version of Creative Cloud, a Member may move to a shared device license product instead.
† Device-based licenses are not available for purchase in the PRC.
Adobe offers a variety of licensing options that give students and teachers the ability to access their Adobe software at work, at home, or in a computer lab. There are two types of licenses available: named-user licenses and shared device licenses.*
Institutions (e.g., schools, districts, legal entities) may purchase named-user licenses for individuals to use on specific institutionally owned or leased computers. Named-user licenses are ideal for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments. Enrolled students gain access to the full power of Adobe Creative Cloud, including integrated apps as well as online storage services. Institutions must approve BYOD use by students.
Named-user licenses also enable teachers and staff to use Adobe software while working at home. In this case, the institution retains usage rights to the licenses and must revoke license access from inactive teachers and staff. For K-12 named-user licenses, the school or district must deploy the licenses using an Enterprise or Federated ID and password provisioned by the school, district, etc. Named-user licenses are available through School Site License and District License purchasing options.
Institutions may purchase shared device licenses to give students and teachers the flexibility to access Adobe products in shared environments like labs, libraries, and classrooms. With these licenses, entitled users can access the latest versions of Creative Cloud apps and services on machines installed with a shared device license. Also, users with individual paid subscriptions can log into machines entitled with shared device licenses to access their profiles as well as their saved work.
To use shared device licenses, K-12 students and teachers in shared environments can simply log in with an Enterprise or Federated ID and password provisioned by the school or district. For K-12, the school or district must deploy access IDs using an Enterprise or Federated ID. For more information about ID types see: https://helpx.adobe.com/enterprise/using/identity.html. Shared device licenses are available through School Site License and District License purchasing options.
Legacy options for device licensing may qualify for renewal by Members currently using device licenses on a case-by-case basis. Creative Cloud 2018 (first released in October 2017) is the last version of Creative Cloud available via device licenses.
Adobe offers Creative Cloud for education for primary and secondary school licenses through two options: the School Site License and the District License. Both offerings are available for qualified primary and secondary schools and districts only through the Value Incentive Plan (VIP). Primary and secondary school eligibility requirements can be found here. Please contact your account manager for offering and purchasing details.
The School Site License is available to a qualifying accredited primary and secondary public and nonpublic school or district office located at a single address. A School Site License has a minimum license purchase of 100 shared device licenses or 500 named-user licenses.
The District License is available to qualifying accredited primary and secondary school legal entities (i.e. school districts). A legal entity* may purchase and use district licenses across qualified primary and secondary school sites within the legal entity or school district and for use in an administrative office and/or a fully-owned educational training center used to educate active teachers and staff and/or enrolled primary and secondary school students. A district license has a minimum license purchase of 500 shared device licenses or 2,500 named-user licenses. Note: Minimum purchase requirements may vary by region.
Certain education offerings are not available in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) including, device licenses and any Named User licenses purchased for use in China do not include bring-your-own-device (BYOD) support for students, and work-at-home licensing rights for educators. Contact your Adobe Account Manager for details.
Adobe provides a variety of licensing options to assist higher education institutions in meeting the needs of their students and faculty. There are two types of licenses available: named-user licenses and shared device licenses.**
Institutions may purchase named-user licenses for individual faculty, staff, or students. Named-User licenses enable users to work at home and on campus with up to two deployments per license. Institutions purchasing 150 or more Creative Cloud All Apps licenses for their students may purchase Student License Pack licenses (SLP), enabling students to work on and off campus. SLP includes desktop and mobile apps, as well as services.
Institutions may purchase shared device licenses to give students and faculty the flexibility to access Adobe products in shared environments like labs, libraries, and classrooms. With these licenses, users can access the latest versions of Creative Cloud apps and services on entitled machines. Also, users with individual paid subscriptions can log into machines entitled with shared device licenses to access their profiles as well as their saved work.
To use shared device licenses, students and faculty in shared environments can simply log in with an ID (Federated or Enterprise) and password provisioned by the school, or they can log in using a free Adobe ID that they create on Adobe.com. Shared-device licenses are available through Value Incentive Plan purchasing options.
Legacy options for device licensing are only available for renewal by Members currently using device license. Creative Cloud 2018 (released in October 2017) is the last version of Creative Cloud available on device licenses. A device license is ideal for environments such as classrooms or labs. Device licenses are enabled on specific devices for use by multiple users.
* Legal entity refers to an organization that has responsibility for the procurement and contract management of multiple individual primary and/or secondary schools, for example, a district, county, state, or government agency. If a legal entity signs up for an EDU VIP Membership for the purpose of a District License, then Adobe will consider such legal entity an “Education Entity” as defined in the VIP agreement and a “School” as defined in the K12 Additional Terms (if applicable).
** Device licenses are only available for renewal by Members currently using device licenses. Creative Cloud 2018 (released in October 2017) is the last version of Creative Cloud that is available through device licenses. Members with device licenses can self-service migrate to the shared device license Product at any time during their existing VIP Subscription Term for no additional license fees. Shared device licenses support the latest versions of Creative Cloud.
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VIP Select: 10+ licenses
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Set price* for 3 years with license commitment (paid annually‡)
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* Specific pricing is always between the Account Manager and the VIP Member. Certain currencies may be affected by fluctuations in exchange rates.
‡ 3-year set partner price agreement is not available to customers with pay up-front extended subscription.
Need: A larger institution has evolving, expanding software needs and would like added discounts.
VIP Solution: With VIP Select, the institution can purchase 10 licenses or more at one time and get a set discount level on all subsequent purchases in a term. And the institution can qualify for even higher discount levels if it purchases at least 50 licenses or 100 licenses.
Need: A K-12 district is on a tight but guaranteed budget, with funding coming at the same time each year.
VIP Solution: In addition to the discount level—on all purchases—with VIP Select, the extended subscription option allows the district to pay annually with a set price* on the license quantity defined at the beginning of the agreement. It can add additional licenses at the same price for up to three years.
Need: Departments or schools within a large institution or district have vastly different software needs but would like to benefit as much as possible from volume discounts.
VIP Solution: Linked Membership allows for purchasing and managing licenses separately by the departments or schools through individual VIPs, while ensuring that all qualified departments or schools receive the combined high-volume reward of those aggregated purchases. Reaching 10 licenses qualifies for the discounts of VIP Select.