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The Creative Cloud 2021 Student/Teacher Editions: How to Save 70%

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Let’s face it, Adobe’s traditional product prices seemed expensive over the years, espe­cially if you’re on a student’s budget. The last perpetual version available, Creative Suite 6 from 2012, historically had full prices ranging from $399 for Dream­weaver through $999 for Photoshop Extended and on up to $2,599 upfront for the Master Collection suite, which contained all CS6 applications. As cool and powerful as this software was, it’s hard to afford when you’re in school – even after the student/teacher discount.

Adobe stopped selling CS6 four years ago, as the version reached EOL and end of support – but fortunately the company still offers deep discounts for education customers on the latest Creative Cloud release. Several years ago, in fact, they increased the discount on Creative Cloud to up to 70% off the regular prices. And while there are a lot of misconcep­tions about CC, the main products like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, etc., still download and run on your desktop as normal.

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So if you want it all – and all in one complete package – then Adobe offers full Creative Cloud member­ship at a 60-70% discount for students and teachers (at just $19.99 or £16.24 or €19,50 or A$21.99 a month for your first year, or less than $1/day)… This gives you the entire “Master Suite” and much more – essen­tially, the new 2022 versions of all the latest and greatest products that Adobe makes, with thousands of new features and improvements compared to CS6 – plus ongoing upgrades included at no additional cost, so your tools are always up to date with current technology and innovations.

Adobe only offers an education discount on the Creative Cloud “All Apps” subscription – meaning you get all CC tools and services for one (reduced) price. A single CC tool could instead be purchased by itself via a Single-App Subscription – but there is no academic discount on that plan, meaning it could work out to be more expensive than just getting everything for a student or teacher. So, you get 20+ apps for the price of a single app.

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How to Get the Student/Teacher Discount

All of this software is available via instant download at the Adobe Education Store for both Windows and macOS. 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.

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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 learning with free tutorials, and so on.

Recently Adobe added an even simpler option – now if you just provide a school-issued email address during purchase (like ending in “.edu” or “.k12”), then your institutional affiliation will be instantly verified and you’ll 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 or paid projects 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.

You can install the software on up to two computers, and if for some reason you change your mind after buying, you can easily return the product within 14 days of purchase to Adobe.

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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, auction sites, links posted on Reddit, 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). And now there is new ransomware that can hold your entire hard disk hostage with no fix available.

Cracked and hacked copies are easily manipulated and infected. 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.

Fake/Hacked Software –> Unsafe Computer, Lost Money, Stolen Information, or Worse

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 on download theft in recent years – in one 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.

Here’s a helpful Adobe Education Eligibility Guide & FAQ that should answer any other questions you may have…

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164 thoughts on “The Creative Cloud 2021 Student/Teacher Editions: How to Save 70%”

  1. BTW, i’m from the third world. in a development country. if we have money, we wouldn’t pirate anything in the first place

    Reply
    • That doesn’t make it any less dangerous or illegal, unfortunately.

      Regions with the highest rates of piracy correspondingly also have the highest rates of infection.

  2. I am a Training Manager/Instructor for the Air Ground Operation Scholl at Nellis AFB, NV. I have used older versions of Captivate and trying to convince my commander to allow me to purchase Captivate 2019. Since I am an Educator as well as working for DOD, I wanted to know if I can get the discount.

    Reply
  3. I purchased ADOBE CS6 and it was expensive. I am a Hepatocellular Carcinoma (liver cancer) patient who had a liver transplant. I purchased ADOBE CS6 and now it will not work. I was told they don’t support it or something like that. I PAID A LOT OF MONEY and I should be able to continue using it.

    I don’t know who is responsible for this but it’s not right. I am working on a book and I need to use the software I paid for in good faith.

    Reply
    • Hello Michael, we’d be happy to try to help you – but we’d need to know a bit more about the specific issue you’re having… What stopped your CS6 from working – did you change computers? Do you receive any error or other message now, and if so, what is it exactly?

      Where did you purchase the software/license originally? What type of computer (operating system version) are you trying to run or install it on now?

      It’s true that CS6 has been discontinued and is no longer supported by Adobe, but it may still be possible to use it depending on what you’re trying to do…

      Thanks for helping us to understand better what’s going on.

  4. Hey Team Pro Design Tools,

    I’m a student and unable to afford Adobe CC subscription. I will be grateful if you can help me with one year subscription.

    Reply
    • Sorry, we don’t have the license or power to do that – but we do run Adobe giveaways at least twice every year and will continue to do that in the future…

      Just sign up for our monthly newsletter, and you will be informed when the opportunity to win a free Creative Cloud subscription arises!

  5. Hi,
    I graduated in 2012 from F.I.D.M. as a Product Development of Merchandising Major, and at the time I wasn’t able to purchase Illustrator or Photoshop. Was wondering do you have a post-graduate discount of some sort? It would be very appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Monique

    Reply
    • Hello Monique,

      There isn’t any sort of Creative Cloud discount offered after you graduate. However, Adobe says: “Documents dated within the last six months are considered current.”

      So if you have anything with a date or validity within the past 6 months that says you’re a student (e.g., your student ID, transcript, tuition bill, etc), then you should be able to get the education discount.

      Otherwise, you would no longer be eligible – unless you’re a teacher, or work for a charity or non-profit organization.

      Sorry the news isn’t better for you, but thanks for asking!

  6. Thank you for your honest response!
    So does a current statement of paying back a student loan count?

    Sincerely, a hopeful graduate,
    Monique Rubio

    Reply
    • Regrettably, repaying a student loan does not make one eligible for Adobe’s education discount… You’d have to currently (or recently) be a student or teacher. Proving this can be a simple as having a “.edu” or “.k12” email address, to be instantly verified.

      But other than what we’ve described, the regular subscription rates would apply.

  7. If I understand the educational pricing, the first year is $19.99/month, and subsequent years are $29.99/month. As a student, one must maintain eligibility status every 6 months.

    Once that eligibility window has passed, I assume the subscription then just reverts to a standard subscription? $52.99/month or $49.99/month paid annually.

    In other words, the $29.99/month pricing is only valid while your student eligibility is active (including any time remaining on the subscription, and Adobe’s grace periods). Correct?

    Reply
    • Hey George, that’s close. You’re right on all the pricing, for both students and teachers.

      However, you only need to reconfirm academic status once per year in order to receive Adobe’s education discount, at the time of annual renewal…

      So the question then becomes, what happens when you graduate or leave school?

      Well, Adobe says: “Documents dated within the last six months are considered current.”

      So if you have anything with a date or validity within the past 6 months that says you’re a student (e.g., your student ID, transcript, tuition bill, etc), then you should be able to get the education discount.

      Otherwise, you would no longer be eligible and the subscription would revert to the regular rate.

    • OK great, thanks! So best case scenario, one might be able to renew the annual subscription at the tail end of the 6-month window, gaining 12 months. So possibly 18 months of post-student eligibility pricing.

      But after that, you are looking at the full subscription.

      I discovered an inexpensive online course that qualifies you as a certified student in Adobe’s eyes, but it’s a self-directed course that would not have a specified “graduation” date. So I’m not sure how exactly it would work out long-term, but would definitely save a couple hundred bucks for the first year or so.

      I’ve emailed them for further clarification.

      Thanks!

    • George, you’re right on all that, except that taking a cheap online course from a website won’t work. The reason is because in order to receive the education discount from Adobe, you must be enrolled at an accredited institution (e.g., a primary or secondary school, college or university).

      For more details, see:

      Adobe Student & Teacher Eligibility Requirements

      In other words, you can’t just pay a few bucks for an online class somewhere. Although as mentioned in the article above, even part-time students or people of any age who enroll for a course at their local community college (i.e., a degree-granting institution providing full-time instruction) can be eligible to receive the student discount from Adobe.

    • They are claiming very openly that they are accredited for the Adobe Student discount. It’s one of the main features for their course.

      Do you have some specific knowledge that this is untrue?

    • That would not be claiming they are accredited. Accreditation is an official government/agency evaluation process that schools regularly go through to meet and maintain rigorous quality standards.

      Rather, they claim that taking an Adobe Certified course online is enough to get the discount, but that is not backed up by Adobe.

      Adobe is clear everywhere the student discount is mentioned:

      Who qualifies for the Adobe Creative Cloud student discount?

      To qualify for a Creative Cloud student discount, you must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in a university, college, primary school, secondary school, or valid home school.

      In over a decade of running this site, we’ve never once heard of anything like that as qualifying someone to get the student discount. Otherwise, it would be mentioned in Adobe’s terms (or somewhere on their site), and more people would be doing it.

    • OK, thanks for the info. I am surprised that site would offer the Adobe Educational discount so blatantly if they weren’t able to actually offer that discount. I’m going to contact Adobe directly about it. Thanks for the insight.

    • Yes, that’s a good idea – they can confirm for you. And again here, on Adobe’s Education FAQ (look under “Students and educators: Am I eligible for a discount?”), you will see they are very specific, precise, and careful about which educational institutions qualify.

      If the qualifications weren’t that way, then the program would be rife with abuse. And if the program were easily abused, then it wouldn’t last.

    • Yep I found it odd myself, which is why I did some digging around for more clarification, and found your post.

      That said, under the “Qualified institutions” section, Adobe mentions this vague criteria:

      “ Other qualified examples as listed from time to time on Adobe.com”

      And:

      “ Named educational entities approved in writing by Adobe”

      So who knows. That opens up the door to a lot of possible unknowns.

      But I agree, it seems unlikely. I just find it hard to wrap my head around that online school so blatantly offering as a key selling point something they are unable to provide.

      Will be curious the hear what Adobe has to say.

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