New Adobe CC / CS6 Student & Teacher Editions – How to Save 70%
[UPDATE (Aug. 2015) – Get 2 months free with Adobe’s new Back-to-School Special for 2015!]
Let’s face it, Adobe’s traditional product prices have seemed expensive over the years, especially if you’re on a student’s budget. Many folks don’t realize it, but the last perpetual version available, Creative Suite 6 from 2012, is still being sold direct by the company – with standard prices ranging from $399 for Dreamweaver through $999 for Photoshop Extended and on up to $2,599 upfront for the Master Collection suite, which contains all CS6 applications – nearly twenty in all. As cool and powerful as this software is, it can be hard to afford these prices when you’re in school.
Fortunately, Adobe offers deep discounts for education customers – up to 70% off – including for the CS6 Student & Teacher Editions. So the price for Dreamweaver CS6 becomes almost a third of what it was, now $149, while the CS6 Design Standard suite (containing Photoshop + Illustrator + InDesign + Acrobat Pro) drops by almost two-thirds, to $449. For most products the price cut is similar – for example, Photoshop CS6 Extended (the most powerful edition) goes from $999 to $349. The popular CS6 Design & Web Premium suite becomes $599 instead of $1,899.
In addition, it’s not just the older CS products that are available with the education savings. You can also get Lightroom 5, Acrobat XI Pro, and Photoshop or Premiere Elements 13. For example, Lightroom 5 for student photographers costs $79 instead of the normal price of $149, while Acrobat XI Pro is $119 instead of $449.
Get It All in One, with the Latest CC 2014 Releases
But if you want it all – and all in one complete (and top-reviewed) package – then for a limited time Adobe is now offering full Creative Cloud membership at a 60-70% discount for students and teachers (at just $19.99 or £15.88 or €19,99 or A$14.99 a month for your first year, or less than $1/day) – and that gives you the entire “Master Suite” and much more – essentially, the new CC 2014 versions of all the latest and greatest products that Adobe makes, with ongoing upgrades included at no additional cost so your tools are always up-to-date.
Related: Which option is right for you? Compare Adobe CS6 vs. Creative Cloud
How to Get Either Version with the Discounts
All of this software is now available via instant download at the Adobe Education Store for both Windows and Mac OS. Adobe’s education discounts are available internationally as well – in many other countries and currencies (for example, Europe/euro, UK/pound, Australia/dollar), where the percentage reductions are similar.
To get these lower prices, essentially all you have to do is prove your academic status at a qualified school. Most students and teachers of most grades and institutions can qualify, from primary school through university levels. Importantly, even part-time students or folks who enroll for a class at their local community college can be eligible – there is no upper age limit. Online colleges are on Adobe’s list too, and there is also a path for homeschoolers. If you think about it, sometimes going back to school could even pay for itself in such situations.
You can validate your status with proof of enrollment such as your school ID card, report card, transcript, tuition bill or statement, etc. Any documents dated within the last six months are considered current for these purposes. The verification all happens online so takes only 1-2 days. In the meantime, you’ll be able to easily download and install your products as a fully-functional free trials to get going right away, start taking free tutorials, and so on.
Recently Adobe has added an even simpler option – now if you just provide a school-issued email address during purchase (like ending in “.edu” or “.k12″), then you will be instantly verified and automatically receive the student & teacher discount pricing.
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The academic editions work the same as the regular versions – and you can continue to use the same products after you graduate, or after whenever you leave your current school or term of study. You can also use this software for commercial purposes if you so desire. However there remain some differences between the two with limitations of the education versions that are important to know and understand.
A Word on Software Piracy – “If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…”
Some folks think they might be able to do better by trying to find and download Adobe software for free or cheap using torrents, cracks, key makers, keygens, untrusted sources, unfamiliar sellers, old or used versions, no-name websites, and so on. The first thing to say is any electronic download or serial number delivery from anywhere besides Adobe is inauthentic, so it’s illegal. The second thing is that it’s very risky – but not only because it’s illegal…
Increasingly, the desire to save money on software by getting it from sources or sites you’ve never heard of leads to identity theft, credit card fraud, virus infections, email spamming, and more. A great deal of the hacked and illegitimate Adobe software out there now is embedded with malware. This malware includes viruses, worms, and trojans that can do significant harm to your computer, data, and privacy (like quietly taking your sensitive information such as logins, passwords, and credit card numbers).
For example, the Asia-Pacific region has a very high piracy rate of 60%, and correspondingly the highest rate of infection in the world – nearly 70% of the computers in these countries are riddled with malware. There is a direct correlation.
In other words, the hackers that create and distribute these “free” or “cheap” copies are receiving payback in other ways (e.g., silent backdoors) – meaning in the end, you can do far worse damage to your computer and yourself than to Adobe. Why install unknown and untrusted software onto your valuable system? Why give a stranger control of your machine, or your financial credentials?
Further, the agencies have really been cracking down lately on download theft – in one recent case, the authorities were able to obtain the locations and contact information on 23,000 illegal BitTorrent users and the fines paid are $3,000 per download!
Lastly, stay away from deals or “bargains” on eBay or Craigslist, or any seller you’ve never heard of (including on Amazon Marketplace), or anything that seems too good to be true – because it probably is… there are authentic-looking fakes everywhere. Reputation means everything in this area – because you don’t want to end up in regret, like so many there do, after their money has left their hands permanently and the software or their computer has stopped working.
Read more details on why you shouldn’t buy from eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon Marketplace.
So all in all, it’s not something for nothing – and really the only sensible and safe choice is getting the real deal straight from Adobe at up to 70% off the regular prices.