Software & Apps MS Office Students and Teachers Get Microsoft Office for Free Check your school's eligibility for Microsoft 365 Education by Cindy Grigg Writer Cindy Grigg is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a productivity writer who teaches Microsoft Office software to students and pros. our editorial process Cindy Grigg Updated on April 13, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning at Home The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning at Home Introduction Babies & Pre-K Baby Sign Language Free Resources The Best Educational YouTube Videos for Toddlers The 5 Best Free iPad Apps for Toddlers Must-Have Apps for Kids Under 5 The 10 Best Kid Coloring Apps of 2020 11 Best Places To Play Free Preschool Games Elementary Age Learners Popular Apps for Elementary School Children Ages 5-8 The Best Educational Apps for the iPad The 4 Best Online Flashcards of 2020 14 Best Free Language Learning Websites of 2020 7 Free Programming Languages to Teach Kids How to Code Stream Free Educational Videos at TeacherTube Middle Schoolers & Young Teens The 6 Best Free Language Learning Apps of 2020 11 Best Free Typing Lessons for Kids The 21 Best Educational YouTube Channels for Kids The 10 Best Learning Apps of 2020 10 of the Most Popular Science and Education YouTube Channels The 6 Best Homework Apps to Help Students High Schoolers & Teens Best Apps for Your High Schooler Best Speed Reading Apps Best Apple TV Learning Apps Best Websites for Students 8 Best Note-Taking Apps PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Students College & Adult Learners The Best Research and Reference Websites Free Online Classes for Adults Guide to Taking Free Coursera Courses Best Ways to Find Free Online College Courses Online Music Lessons The Best Online Piano Lessons of 2020 The Best Online Drum Lessons of 2020 The Best Online Guitar Lessons of 2020 Free Online Learning Resources for All Ages Best Sites to Get Free Software for Students How to Get an Apple Student Discount How to Get a Microsoft Store Student Discount Students and Teachers Get Microsoft Office for Free How to Get a Dell Student Discount How to Get an HP Student Discount How to Get the Best Buy Student Discount How to Get an .Edu Email Account Tweet Share Email Microsoft features a bunch of Microsoft 365 plans for personal, business, or non-profit use. One such plan may already be in place at your school. Not only can students and teachers easily check their school's eligibility for a free Microsoft 365 subscription, but they should also be able to sign up for the offer themselves rather than going through an administrator. The following eligibility check will determine whether you can get a free Microsoft Office account for students and teachers. If you're not eligible, ask your school's administration whether they support Microsoft 365 Education. Leren Lu/Digital Vision/Getty Images What is Included for Eligible Students and Teachers The free Microsoft Office accounts for students and teachers include the latest available desktop versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access and Publisher (Office 2019 for Windows or Office 2019 for Mac). Not only that, but these desktop programs can be installed on as many as five PCs or Macs as well as up to five mobile devices. These desktop applications integrate with Office Online, the browser-based version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. The important thing about Office Online is that it allows you to collaborate on a document in real-time with other students or teachers. If you do need to work offline, you can save locally then sync changes after a connection is reestablished. The offer also includes free storage in OneDrive. Documents saved to OneDrive can be accessed across all your mobile and desktop devices. The Microsoft 365 Education plan typically allows educational institutions to offer the Office and OneDrive experience plus sites, free email, instant messaging, and web conferencing. You may need to check with your school for details on these components. How to Determine Your Eligibility This program has been in effect for a while, but now it is easier to determine whether your school is a qualifying institution. Checking for eligibility requires a school email address. Next, visit the appropriate website to further investigate the possibilities for your school: Students should visit office.com/getoffice365Teachers should visit office.com/teachers What Administrators of Eligible Institutions Need to Do Administrators don't need to do much. This is the elegant thing about Microsoft's offer, as described on their Office in Education site: "There are no administrative actions your institution needs to take to enroll. You can simply communicate the availability of Microsoft 365 Education for Students to your students using content from our toolkit. Access the toolkit. Contact your Microsoft representative with specific questions about the steps your school should take." For Non-Eligible Students or Teachers Your interest may prompt important conversations on behalf of the other students or teachers at your school. If your school is not eligible, contact your school's administration to request that they reach out to Microsoft regarding failed eligibility.