Between tuition and textbooks alone, there's no doubt being a student is expensive. Thankfully, those after Adobe's haloed suite of creative software like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro can benefit from a major discount up to 65%.

Here's how you can get Adobe's student discount, along with answers to other questions you might have on pricing, eligibility and what's included in Creative Cloud.

Is Adobe Creative Cloud free for students?

While Adobe CC isn't free for students, it does come with a massive 65% discount in the UK and 60% off in the US.

Until 2 September, however, students and teachers in the UK can get a month for free if you opt to pay the full annual subscription upfront (£196.30). US students don't get a free month, but do get an increased discount of 70% (instead of 60%) until 3 September.

Alternatively, students can download the 7-day free trial from Adobe which includes the full version of all the apps software. You'll only have to pay if you decide to continue after the 7 days. Adobe also offers a full refund on most plans if you decide to cancel within 14 days of purchase.

How much is Adobe Creative Cloud for students?

Adobe Creative Cloud costs £16.24/US$19.99 per month for students – though until 3 September, US students can benefit from an even cheaper rate of $15.99. This is an added saving of $48 over a year, or nearly 70%.

You can opt to pay for a year of service in a lump sum too, in which case it costs £196.30/US$191.88 for the first year.

Adobe's student pricing saves UK students 65% and US students 60% (or 70% until 3 September) on the normal rate, which is £49.94/$52.99 per month or £596.33/$599.88 for a full year upfront.

Head to Adobe to see its student pricing.

Adobe CC Student Discount

How to get the Adobe CC student discount - from Adobe

The easiest way to get Adobe's student pricing is to go to Adobe's Student Pricing page and make the purchase with your student email address. Adobe states on its terms and conditions: "If you provide a school-issued email address during purchase you are instantly verified". 

To qualify for Adobe's student pricing though, you must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in:

  • University or College
  • Primary or secondary school 
  • Home-school

The institution you're enrolled in must be an accredited public or private university or college. This includes community, junior, or vocational colleges that offer a degree with the completion of at least two years of full-time study.

Many institutions will also offer Adobe's discount directly at its school shop site or in-store.

Adobe Student Pricing

How to get the Adobe CC student discount - from Amazon

You can also find the 12-month Student and Teacher plan on Amazon where it's slightly cheaper at £190.55. You can get it from  Amazon US too, but there's only an $0.88 discount at the moment. 

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How long does the Adobe CC student discount last?

Adobe's promotional student pricing of £16.24/US$19.99 ($15.99 until 3 September) is for the first year only but the good news is the price is still cheap after the first year.

After 12-month promo period, Adobe CC's rate increases to £24.96/US$29.99 per month or £196.30/$359.88 for a year. This is still roughly half the standard price.

How Adobe checks your student status

The main way Adobe checks your student status is through your student email address. You'll need one if you want to get Adobe CC with student pricing.

Educational email addresses often end with ac.uk in the UK. In the US it may end with .edu or .k12. As long as it's an official institutional address, you should qualify for the discount.

If you don't have a student email address, Adobe might ask you for further proof in the form of a document issued by the institution you're studying in. The document must include:

  • Your name
  • Your institution's name
  • Current date 

Adobe notes that documents dated within the last six months are considered as current. Examples include:

  • School ID card
  • Report Card
  • Transcript
  • Tuition bill or statement

Home-schooled students can provide:

  • A dated copy of a letter of intent to home-school
  • A current membership ID to a home-school association
  • A dated proof of purchase of curriculum for the current academic school year

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What's included in Adobe CC? 

Adobe CC offers 100GB storage, continuous free updates, and access to all the creative programs you need including: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, XD, Acrobat Pro DC, After Effects, Audition, Animate, Dreamweaver, Fresco, Premiere Pro, Premiere Rush, Character Animator, Bridge, Dimension, Prelude, InCopy, Media Encoder, Spark, Substance and Fuse (Beta). 

See the full catalogue over at Adobe. To know everything there is to know about Adobe CC, see our ultimate guide.

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