Is there free software available for students?

Yes, please see the following: 

  • Office of Information Technology - Software Licensing & Support - The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides software licensing, distribution, and management services for different software applications. Some of these software licenses enable faculty, staff, or students to use the software at no cost, either at the University or from their homes. Other licenses limit who is eligible to use the software or charge a fee.

    FAU is now participating in the Microsoft Advantage program, which provides the latest full versions of Microsoft Office to all student, faculty and staff members free of charge. Office 365 includes the latest version of Word, Excel, Lync, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher and more. As long as you are an FAU student, faculty member, or staff member, you'll be able to use this software for free on your personal computers/devices.

Other free software sites (not through the University) 

  • GitHub Student Developer Pack - Learn to ship software like a pro. There's no substitute for hands-on experience. But for most students, real-world tools can be cost-prohibitive. That's why we created the GitHub Student Developer Pack with some of our partners and friends.
  • Canva - Inspiring teachers and engaging students: Create and personalize lesson plans, infographics, posters, videos, and more. 100% free for teachers and students at eligible schools.
  • Autodesk - Unlock educational access to Autodesk products - Students and educators can get free one-year educational access to Autodesk products and services, renewable as long as you remain eligible. Confirm your eligibility now.
  • Substance 3D - Free Substance 3D for students and teachers license - Substance 3D collection apps are available for free for students and teachers in higher education institutions. 

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Answered by Lawrence Mello
last updated: Sep 20, 2023