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What Are the Limitations of the Adobe Student & Teacher Versions?

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The Adobe Student and Teacher Editions look like a great deal. They offer big discounts, as much as 70% off normal prices. They’re available for most of Adobe’s most popular products, including the Creative Cloud (CC), Creative Suite 6, Lightroom 5, Acrobat XI, and Elements 13.  They can be purchased by anyone who qualifies – primary, middle, and secondary school students, homeschoolers, college or university students, faculty, teachers, and administrators.  Even part-time students or teachers can be eligible, and there is no maximum age limitation. They’re available pretty much worldwide in many languages on both Windows and Mac OS, and you don’t need any kind of coupon or promotion code to get the deep discounts.

So what’s the catch? Is the Academic software different or limited somehow? Is there any sort of time restriction, time limit, or time out – do the perpetual Adobe Student Editions expire? Or are they unusable for commercial purposes or paid work?

The answer to all of these questions is fortunately no: the Education products are identical in features and functionality in every respect to their standard counterparts – the only differ­ences are the prices and some of the licensing terms… The prices, as mentioned, can be a real bargain – for example, instead of US$999 for 2012’s Photoshop CS6 Extended, the price is only $349; instead of $1,899 for CS6 Design & Web Premium (the popular suite containing seven creative tools including Photoshop CS6 Extended), you get it for $599.

And for the Creative Cloud – Adobe’s current all-inclusive offering which contains the entire “Master Collection” plus much more, essentially the latest-and-greatest versions of every major industry-leading tool that they make – there is also a Student & Teacher Edition available that costs only $19.99 a month (instead of $50) which means you’re getting it for less than half the regular price for your first year. So this CC option becomes more affordable for students than the traditional educational versions, plus you get to use every­thing based on an annual membership that includes ongoing upgrades.

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So What’s Different with the Adobe Education Versions?

Since Creative Suite 5, all Student and Teacher Editions can be utilized for personal as well as commercial use, for all academic customers worldwide. So yes, you can sell your services or anything you create, or use these products in developing a side business or online venture. And after graduation or completion of coursework, you can continue to use any perpetual software on your personal systems; there is no usage expiration and those tools will continue to work.

Generally speaking, you can also install the student/teacher versions on up to two computers (desktops and laptops), and move the software between different machines when necessary.

But it’s true there are some limitations as compared to the regular versions… though happily they are all fairly minor.  Here are the notable differences between the education editions vs. the normal (professional/commercial) versions:

  • Each eligible person may purchase only one copy of each academic product per platform per year.  Fortunately, each tool and suite and release are considered different products.  So Photoshop and Dreamweaver (for example) are different titles, as are CS6 and CC, and each suite is a different title, so you could buy these all within one year if you wanted.
  • Student & Teacher Edition software may be used on your privately-owned computer only.
  • This software is not transferrable, meaning it may not be resold or given to others.
  • You validate your status with a copy of your school ID card, transcript, report card, tuition bill, or other suitable document that’s dated within the last six months.  Or, if you just provide a school-issued email during purchase (like ending in “.edu”), then you will be instantly verified.
  • The traditional student editions cannot be upgraded to other (future) education editions – but they are entitled to receive Adobe’s discounted upgrade pricing to all regular commercial versions, –or– you can purchase another student edition if you still qualify.  However the student price on a newer release is often lower than the commercial upgrade price anyway, so you can just choose whichever is the least expensive option for you. Bottom line, this is another savings and benefit of having these editions.

So why take your chances on the risks and malware in a pirated or bootleg version when you can do the right thing instead and get the real deal – legitimate, supported, and completely safe – for up to 70% off, direct via instant download from Adobe?

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Finally, here’s a very helpful Student & Teacher Eligibility Guide & FAQ that should answer all other questions you may have, including documentation requirements…  Importantly, note that any verification documents dated within the last six months are considered current.

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  1. Nicole

    I want to purchase either Adobe CC or CS6 for my daughter who is 13 (haven’t decided yet) – but when I went to try the trial version of CC, I used her name and will submit her student ID but used my email because I’m paying for it, it came up that my email address already had an account. Then I remembered that years ago I registered a Photoshop Elements I had gotten as a gift.

    Is this going to be a problem when I try to purchase the student edition for her? Thank you for your help.

    • Hi Nicole – no, it shouldn’t be a problem. Even non-students can become students again at any time and at any age, and benefit from the Adobe student discount…

      So ideally your daughter should have her own Adobe ID – and she can easily create that for free even after you’ve downloaded and installed the software onto your computer. Just sign out of the CC desktop application, and then sign back in again with the new ID.

      But even without another Adobe ID, you might still be able to change your own account details to her name etc. to get the lower pricing.

      Either way should work, since the CC licensing is based on Adobe ID rather than using serial numbers.

  2. Nicole


    Thank you so much for your help!!

  3. Tina Raczek

    I bought CS5.5 student license 3 years ago when I was in college. Since then I have a new laptop, new name and no longer use my college email. I still have the codes written down from when I used this program in college. I want to install in on my new computer. Will the old serial number work still?

  4. Shane

    if i get the program when im a student, once im not a student anymore, does anything change or its mine for ever with the same functionality ?

    • Hey Shane, it depends on the Adobe product. If it is subscription-based software (such as Adobe CC), then you’ll receive the student discount on your annual membership for as long as you continue to be a student (and within up to six months afterwards).

      If you purchase a traditional perpetual product (such as Acrobat DC Pro desktop/standalone, for example), then you pay more upfront but the product does not expire and it can continue to be used indefinitely after graduation.

  5. Marika

    My name is Marika Caruana, and I am the purchasing secretary at Bronx Theatre High School.
    I need a quote for 10 seats 5 mac and 5 pc of the ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM EDUCATIONAL LICENSE.

    Marika Caruana
    Purchasing Secretary,
    Bronx Theatre High School 10X546
    99 Terrace View Ave, Rm 722
    Bronx, NY 10463
    Main No. 718-329-2902

  6. Kim

    Hi, I purchased the educational version of the master collection CS 6 a few years ago and I only put it on one computer. I am ready to upgrade to a new laptop and a new desktop. I see that I can have it on two computers but only if I don’t run it at the same time. That will be no problem.

    I no longer have my school address but I still have my license code. How do I go about removing it from my old desktop and putting it on my new desktop and my new laptop when I buy them sometime in the near future?

  7. Kenneth Fisher

    Good day

    My Nephew (20) has just started a graphic design course at a campus in South Africa. We had a bomb dropped when we had to purchase a notebook capable of running the designing software and now we need to purchase the software. I have asked for quotes locally for the student edition. Which edition has Illustrator and Photoshop (latest) going for the best price? We don’t want to buy something that won’t have what he needs nor do we want to buy something that is overkill.

    Thanks in advance


  8. Clive Richards

    Good evening,

    I’ve recently enrolled on a part-time university degree. Do I qualify for the creative cloud student edition?



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