Purchase options

How can students, teachers, and educational institutions purchase Adobe software?

Student and teacher discounts are available to individual teachers, students, and staff members. You can purchase Adobe Student and Teacher Editions directly from Adobe.com or from Adobe resellers.

In addition, Adobe offers licensing programs for departments and institutions. Learn more about Adobe’s licensing options.

What products are available as Student and Teacher Editions?

Browse the student and teacher product catalog to see product and language availability. Products are available via subscription, download, or boxed version depending on availability.

Can I place a tax-exempt or VAT-exempt order on the Education Store?

Tax-exempt purchases cannot be made on the online Education Store. To place a tax-exempt order, contact an authorized education reseller.

Can I use Student and Teacher Edition products commercially?

Yes, Student and Teacher Edition products can be used commercially on your privately owned computer. They may not be resold.

How many products can I buy?

You can purchase one Creative Cloud membership and use it on both Mac OS and Windows. For all other Adobe Student and Teacher Edition products, you can purchase one license per platform of each product (includes suites and individual titles) per year.

Eligibility

Students and educators: Am I eligible for a discount?

To qualify for a student discount, you must be at least 13 years of age and enrolled in one of the following:

  • University or college — accredited public or private university or college (including community, junior, or vocational college) that grants degrees requiring not less than the equivalent of two years of full-time study*
  • Primary or secondary school — accredited public or private primary or secondary school providing full-time instruction*
  • Home school — defined by state home schooling regulations

To qualify for a teacher discount, you must be one of the following:

  • Faculty or staff — employed by an accredited primary or secondary school, public or private university or college, school district, or board of education (including emeritus status professors)*
  • Teacher of a homeschooled student — defined by state homeschooling regulations

* Accredited schools are those that are approved by an association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education/State Board of Education or the Canadian/Provincial Ministries of Education and that teach students as their primary focus. In the U.S., such associations include: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.

Is my institution eligible?

To see if you can purchase software for your school at education discounts, check the following list of eligible types of institutions. Accredited schools can also purchase products through special Adobe Volume Licensing programs.
View education licensing programs.

Qualified institutions:

  • Accredited public or private primary or secondary schools providing full-time instruction for grades K–12, or school districts for such schools*
  • Accredited public or private universities or colleges (including community, junior, or vocational colleges) that grant degrees requiring not less than the equivalent of two years of full-time study*
  • School administrative offices or boards of education
  • Homeschools approved by Adobe
  • Government schools in U.S. or Canadian territories
  • Named educational entities approved in writing by Adobe
  • Hospitals in the U.S. that are wholly owned and operated by an educational institution. That is, the institution is the sole owner of the hospital and the only entity exercising control over day-to-day operations.
  • Higher-education research laboratories that are public institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Canadian/Provincial Ministries of Education, teach students, and can provide a copy of bylaws that state the relationship with the controlling university
  • Other qualified examples as listed from time to time on Adobe.com

Unqualified institutions:

  • Nonaccredited schools and religious organizations
  • Museums
  • Churches
  • Libraries
  • Hospitals in Canada
  • Training centers or schools granting certificates for courses such as computer software training, including, without limitation: Ziff Davis University, Learning Tree University, New Horizon Computer Learning Center, Teacher Training Centers
  • Military schools that do not grant academic degrees
  • Research laboratories not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Canadian/Provincial Ministries of Education. For example, institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense or Energy or the National Research Council Canada. In addition, laboratories in the U.S. defined as Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) are not eligible. Examples include: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  • Other unqualified examples as listed from time to time on Adobe.com

* Accredited schools are those that are approved by an association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education/State Board of Education or the Canadian/Provincial Ministries of Education and that teach students as their primary focus. In the U.S., such associations include: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Northwest Association of Accredited Schools.

How do I get my serial number?

After you complete your order, you receive an email that includes your serial number. You can also view your serial number at any time in the Download Manager, next to your product download link. After registration, you can view your products under the My Products section of My Adobe.

For more information, see Serial number, redemption, and product codes | Student and Teacher Editions.

How much time do I have to submit my identification before the order expires?

If you purchased directly from Adobe via Adobe.com or phone in North America, you have 14 days to submit your proof of eligibility. If you purchased on Adobe.com in other regions, or if you purchased from a reseller, you have six days to submit your proof of eligibility.

If an order expires, you receive email notification and it's necessary to place the order again.

When will I receive my serial number? (How long does verification take?)

If you purchased on Adobe.com:

  • In North America: You can expect a response within two business days after receipt of your proof of eligibility. If you need assistance, contact us.
  • In other regions: You can expect a response within one business day after receipt of your proof of eligibility. If you need assistance, contact us.

If you purchased from Adobe by phone: You can expect a response within one business day after receipt of your proof of eligibility. If you need assistance, contact us.

If you purchased from a reseller in North America: You can expect a response within one business day after receipt of your proof of eligibility. If you need assistance, contact us.

TIP: To use your software before you receive the serial number, select the installation option to install the product as a trial. You can use the serial number to convert the product to a non-trial version later.

Do you retain my verification for future orders?

In North America, Adobe retains verification information for one year for eligible teachers and six months for eligible students. In all other regions, Adobe retains the information for 90 days. During these periods, it's unnecessary to provide proof of eligibility again for subsequent orders.

However, after student graduates from school, students receive a grace year on the education price.  After this year is over, the subscription is upgraded to a higher non-education price. The student discount expires and upgrade takes place on contract renewal date after the EDU grace period is over.

Graduated students will receive an email notification about the upcoming price increase 30 (thirty) days before the contract renewal date. For more information, see Graduation education discount expiry.

(Before November 2011, Adobe did not retain verification information.)

Where do I find my product code?

Student and Teacher Licensing product codes are on the insert on the left side of the DVD sleeve. Examples:

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