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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 2021 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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  1. I have a student master suite cs3 for windows. Now i am switching to mac and considering how to proceed. I can run the existing programs using a simulator but it is not the best option. I wonder if it is possible to upgrade the suite to the mac version?

    I am ready to pay for the upgrade but not too much. The usage is small. Is there any reasonable option available?

  2. this is awesome, the retail version is too expensive for $3000 that most students or users can’t afford it !

    student and teacher edition is a great choice for us – I bought one, it is amazing and working great

  3. Hi,

    I’m looking to purchase the full adobe suite at the student-discounted price for my MA course (All though really I only need Photoshop, After Effects, and possibly Illustrator). I was wondering if:

    a) I’d be able to purchase just the programmes that I need in a bundle off Adobe, and

    b) If my license will run out after my course is finished or will I be able to continue using the software after I graduate so that I can keep working on my portfolio?

    Many Thanks.

    • Hi Jane, to answer your questions:

      a) No, Adobe offers just three options for configuration: the complete Creative Cloud (which is the bundle that student and teachers are offered with the discount), a Single-App Subscription (like Illustrator or InDesign or After Effects just by itself), or the CC Photography Plan which includes Photoshop + Lightroom. You can combine these, but it wouldn’t be cheaper than just buying the full education offer (where you get everything).

      b) No, your CC license does not expire when you graduate or finish your courses or school. All Adobe education plans are paid (or prepaid) on an annual basis – so your student/teacher license would end when your 12-month subscription term does… However, because Adobe considers eligibility documents to be current if they are dated anytime within the past 6 months, then it may be possible to renew your plan at the EDU discounted rate even after graduation (or leaving school).

      Hope that helps!

  4. I’m a student and need Adobe CS5 or CS6 for my classwork. But I do not want Creative Cloud. I want the disks. How can I get these?

  5. @ProDesignTools

    Yes, I prefer the permanent download (but admit I’m a little disappointed by not being able to have an actual disk).

    Roughly how much should I expect to pay? Ill need indesign, Photoshop, dreamweaver, illustrator, bridge. (Windows 8.1 OS)

    Also, I’ll need acrobat. Would this be separate?

    Feel free to email me.

  6. Apologies but its all a bit confusing for this older-aged student who needs Photoshop CC 2014. Please help direct me to where I can purchase this. Many thanks.

  7. Hi, i need premiere, photoshop, lightroom and after effects….. 50 quid a month seems too steep when i don’t want any of the other programs, what can i do? I’m not a teacher or student, and the only other option is buying each program at 10 quid each per month equating to a total of 40.
    Please sort this out into a new package.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Peter, but nothing has really changed from the Creative Suite days. Before when you needed several tools, you bought a CS bundle called a suite – which usually included more programs than you needed (and technically you also paid for those). In both situations, then and now, at least you have the opportunity to expand your skills and learn new products that come with what you bought.

    • Hi Julie, thanks for your question. Sorry, Adobe ceased selling CS6 on their website last summer… The reason is because it’s nearly 4 years old now and increasingly unsupported; they stopped releasing updates for it some time ago as the newer CC quickly grew and took over. With the CS6 software EOL and end of support, there are no updates, no bug fixes, and no guarantees it will run on future operating systems. So at this point we’ve stopped recommending it as a good or viable option going forward.

      Adobe offers Creative Cloud for Education instead, which succeeded CS6 and gives you the latest releases of all major creative applications (including Photoshop and Illustrator):

      Students & Teachers – Now Get New Adobe CC 2015 for $19 a Month

  8. Hi, I bought the CS5 for my grandson a few years ago and now he is in his final 2 years of High School and needs it. I am having trouble trying to get a serial key for it. He has his student ID for this year (photo). I don’t know how to find the product code on the box or which site for him to register?? any help would be appreciated

  9. I forgot to tell you that I bought this at a retail store and that the country is Australia if that makes any difference – the retail stores have since gone out of business, but my name and number are on the box, I have since lost the paper for putting my grandson’s details into.

  10. Hi, I teach Digital Media at a school in Sydney, and I’d like to subscribe to the Adobe suite. I have just one question: once I start subscribing, can I cancel my subscription if I don’t need it anymore, or am I locked into a contract?

  11. With CS6 at EOL, it sure would be nice if Adobe finally threw us a bone and added an “app” that many would use… an updated Encore that would allow us to author and burn DVD’s without resorting to 3rd-party products.

    FYI the original reason for not updating Encore proved false. Discs are still in use, SD-DVD, Blu-Ray and now 4k and 4k UHD. Could even create a menu wrapper for flash-based video files.

    Please spread the word and get this fixed!

    Bill B

    • Hey Bill, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Although it hasn’t been updated in a few years, you should know that Encore CS6 continues to be available to Creative Cloud subscribers (it is included in the bundle at no extra cost), and Encore CS6 works together with the Adobe CC tools like Premiere…

      See this Adobe Knowledgebase article for how to do it:

      Download, Install & Workflow: Using Encore CS6 with Premiere Pro CC

      On top of that, here’s a good overview video that should also help when combining the two:

      Note that you may not install Encore from a trial account, only from a paid CC account (which is due to third-party licenses).

  12. @ProDesignTools

    Thanks, we are all aware of that link… But saying that CS6 is “available” is like saying my CS3 discs are “available” to install on Windows 10. No updates and EOL mean compatibility issues. No updates means it was not that stable even on the OS it was written for. However I can play with a beta of face animation or 30 other “apps.”

    We have seen that CS6 Encore link since the original outcry after it was dropped. It does not really solve the issue for anyone using a current OS… How about just giving us a program that completes the workflow?

    After paying monthly fees for what 3 years, should we have to cross our fingers and hope using an EOL product in order to produce media?

    I don’t think I am the only user that feels this way…

    Bill B

    • Sure Bill, completely understood. If you have feedback for Adobe or encounter a technical issue that makes it unusable for you, then we would suggest delivering it directly to them here:

      Product Feature Request & Bug Report Form

      We normally do not send personal replies to feature requests or bug reports. We do, however, read each and every message. We use the information to improve our products and services. Your comments, suggestions, and ideas for improvements are very important to us. We appreciate you taking the time to send us this information.

      They definitely listen to customer feedback so if many users feel the way you mentioned, and if enough people ask, it could give positive results.

    • PS – Although the common belief on why Adobe cancelled Encore is the notion that “optical media is dead,” the truth is more complex… Here is the real reason why:

      Here’s Why Adobe Had to Stop Developing Encore

      So unfortunately, Adobe would have to write a completely new product, being careful not to duplicate copyrighted code that they had previously licensed. Which helps explain better what’s happened and why Encore wasn’t upgraded further.

  13. Hello, I have a question :D

    I’m thinking about buying the student package at 20$/month and i’m thinking about using it with my room colleague (20$ is still a lot in my country taking in consideration that we are not making any money out of it).

    Will we be able to use like adobe premiere pro cc on 2 computers? or at least for example : i’m using adobe premiere pro cc on my computer and my colleague is using photoshop. Will this work ?

    Thank you !

  14. Hi,

    My student card expires in a month. Will I still be eligible to get the student discount for the whole year?

    Thank you

    • Hi Georgia, thanks for your question. The answer is that you can continue to use the CC education version that you have (or purchase) through its full subscription term, even for commercial work or professional purposes… The product does not expire because your student ID or status expires.

      In fact, according the Adobe’s student/teacher eligibility rules, verification documentation from anytime within the past six months is still considered “current” for proving your academic status. So even though you may finish your school studies or graduate, you can still use your software – and even renew it with the education discount for longer, if it’s within six months.

      Hope that helps!

  15. Hi,
    I am a student and I need photoshop for my photography course. I was wondering if I can get just photoshop at the student price?

    I was also wondering if it is like a monthly payment or if I would pay it upfront?

    I was also wondering if once I bought it at the discounted student price, if I would be able to keep it or if I only have it for a certain period of time?

    • Hey Izzy, the best deal for you would be to get the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, and that package includes both Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC.

      There is no lower student/teacher pricing for that bundle. The cost is the same for everyone – in the U.S., for example, it’s $9.99/month.

      Also, there is no plan that includes just Photoshop that costs less than that. Basically you get Lightroom as a bonus.

      Finally, all CC software is offered via monthly or annual membership. It’s no longer possible to “keep” the products as it was with the old Creative Suite tools; with Creative Cloud, it’s always a time-based subscription.

      The last release to still offer a “perpetual” purchase option was CS6 back in 2012, and that software is end-of-life; Adobe no longer sells it.

  16. Hi,
    I am a teacher in primary school, is it possible to get Photoshop for $19.99 monthly? How should I prove to them my profession status, since I have only a school contract and it is not written in the English language?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Please see our previous response just above. Anybody can get both Photoshop CC + Lightroom CC (with ongoing upgrades) for half that amount, for just $9.99/month… You don’t have to be a student or teacher for that offer.

      By contrast, the Creative Cloud education edition is for All Apps (everything included) and is discounted 60% to US$19.99/month for the first year, for students and teachers.

      Check out this helpful Adobe Eligibility Guide that should answer any other questions you may have.

  17. @Bedford

    Some good points raised here. I have the Photography Plan at £9.98 per month (thanks Adobe for screwing anyone not in North America, as always). I’m increasingly shooting video and would like to add Premiere Pro and Audition. Don’t want to be locked into a 12-month contract, so the additional outlay turns out to be £60 per month which is ludicrous when they offer ALL apps (most of which 99% of the population don’t want) for an additional £15 per month.

    They certainly worked the numbers on this one. If they can offer so many apps for £75 + Stock etc., why is it £30 for a single app?

    Yes, I have Premiere Elements and could use that, but I trained in Adobe apps since the early 90’s and Elements is just such a frustrating and time-consuming experience compared to Premiere Pro.

    They should offer single apps for, as others suggest, around £5-£10 per month, as not everyone is eligible for the EDU discount. I don’t condone piracy, but can understand why many people are turning to “dodgy” copies of the software.

    The other problem with the Cloud is the aspect of once you stop paying, you effectively lose the ability to access anything anymore. That is, if I understand how it works correctly. So as in my case, I “rent” Lightroom (though I have an old Version 1 copy I bought when it first came out, but wouldn’t be able to go back because the database isn’t compatible) and whenever I stop paying for it, I’m basically stuffed.


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