Thursday, October 7, 2010

Photoshop Education Discount - Am I Eligible?

I get this question via email all the time. I mean all the time. Every day even. What I find is, that thre are a lot of questions out there on if people qualify. The most common one is, "Well I have a kid in the 3rd grade, so I can get it, right?" Or sometimes people think that since there kid is in High School, they somehow qualify.

Well the answer to both of those questions, is a resounding YES!!!

Now you really need to double ensure that you qualify. Because while places online will allow you to buy them at the reduced price, you only discover later after opening the box, that Adobe makes you jump hurdles to prove your legitimacy. If you can't, you are left with an open box software situation that NOBODY will take back.

You have just wasted your money....

OK so who does qualify? And what are the hoops I have to jump through to prove that I qualify? Well here are the qualifications copy and pasted directly from Adobe's website.....

Am I eligible?

The following individuals are eligible to purchase Adobe Student and Teacher Editions:
  • University and college students — students enrolled at a higher education institution defined as an 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 and secondary school students — students enrolled at an accredited public or private primary or secondary school providing full-time instruction
  • Faculty and staff — teachers and staff employed by an accredited primary or secondary school or public or private university or college  
What -exactly- is a "Primary and Secondary School"??? Well this is from Wikipedia...

primary school (from French ├ęcole primaire[1]) is an institution in which children receive the first stage of compulsory education known as primary or elementary education. Primary school is the preferred term in the United Kingdomand many Commonwealth Nations, and in most publications of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[2] In some countries, and especially in North America, the term elementary school is preferred. Children generally attend primary school from around the age of four or five until the age of eleven or twelve.

So that means if You have a student in the 5th grade, they qualify! That means you could get the core version of Photoshop CS5 for $199. AWESOME!!!

But how do I prove my eligibility?? Well again, I copy and past directly from Adobe's website on the matter....



Students must provide a photocopy of a valid, current student ID that includes the student’s name, date, and a photo. If the student does not have such an ID, he or she must instead provide a photocopy of a valid photo ID and one of the following items:
  • Official, current non-photo student ID with name and date
  • Official, current school transcript indicating name of school and student
  • Official, current school tuition bill indicating name of school and student
  • Official, current report card indicating name of school and student
  • Other official dated proof of enrollment
Students who are under 18 and do not have a valid photo ID may provide an official letter from their eligible educational institution stating their name and current enrollment status.

Teachers, faculty, and staff

Teachers, faculty, and staff must provide a photocopy of a valid, current school ID that includes the educator’s name, date, and a photo. If the educator does not have such an ID, he or she must instead provide a photocopy of a valid photo ID and one of the following items:
  • Faculty or staff paycheck stub
  • Official letter from the registrar of the educational institution
You may purchase only one license of any Adobe Student and Teacher Edition product. This license may be used only on your privately owned computer.
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Anonymous said...

Is it correct to state that there isn't an upgrade path? If that is the case the next major release that you want may require you to re-purchase the student version.

Allan Aylard said...

The Adobe web site states the Student and Teacher Edition is exactly the same as the full edition, so you should be able to upgrade the product.
Commercial use of the product is also allowed under the agreement.

From the Adobe web site:

Can I use my Adobe Student and Teacher Edition software for commercial use?

Yes. You may purchase a Student and Teacher Edition for personal as well as commercial use.

Can I upgrade my Adobe Student and Teacher Edition software?

Adobe Student and Teacher Edition software can be upgraded to a commercial version when the user is no longer a student or teacher.

BCphoto said...

Thanks Allan!

For everyone else, I am not an employee of Adobe. I have given you information and the resources to check and validate yourself. Including a phone number allowing you to just call them. I would encourage you to ask any additional questions directly to Adobe representatives, and to follow the link provided to read this information, and additional information yourself.

Steve Jones said...

Regarding before mentioned upgrading from previous version. I use the "Educational Version"(EV) of CS5. I had the EV of CS3. When I got CS3, I checked with Adobe, and they said that if I upgrade my EV of CS3, it will be converted to a normal version. But you cannot upgrade from a regular version to an educational version...

However getting an EV is about the same price as an upgrade and you don't have to have the old version installed to install the new version, which is what my dad has to do...well HAD to do, he's a teacher, so he now just gets the new EV instead.

Anonymous said...

"students enrolled at an accredited public or private primary or secondary school providing full-time instruction."

The key word here is "accredited" which is a word that adobe could twist to mean anything they want.

I actually have a kid in the 5th grade and he is really interested in learning this adobe software. I would buy it for him if I knew for sure he qualified for the student discount.

Why do you have to buy or order the software "before" they tell you weather or not you qualify? It all seems rather fishy to me.

I guess the real question is this:

Are standard K-12 public primary (elementary) schools in the US accredited? You know? Like Sunnyville Elementary School down the street?

BCphoto said...

I think you missed the part where they have a phone number that you can just pick up and call. But for the record, there is no way to twist what the word "accredited" means. If your kid is in the 5th grade and going to a public school, he qualifies. Call them and see for yourself.

Anonymous said...

I am wondering if I can use my niece who is in college, but lives at a different address than me.

Jen said...

Based on this, I can use my first grader's progress report as proof of eligibility? Furthermore, when asked for the d.o.b. and information in the eligibility form, would I be entering my info even though I'll be submitting his document or should I enter his info?

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