Creative Production

Adobe Changes Licensing for K–12 Schools, Now $4.99 per Seat for Creative Cloud

Adobe is drastically reducing the price of Creative Cloud licenses for K–12 schools and districts. Starting May 15, annual licenses will cost $4.99 per user for U.S. schools, providing full access to the Creative Cloud suite, which includes professional graphics, motion graphics, video editing, web development and other applications geared toward creative production.

The offer is valid for schools, with a minimum purchase of 500 licenses ($2,495 total), and districts, with a minimum purchase of 2,500 licenses ($12,475 total). That includes student and teacher licenses. (Presently school licenses run $25 per seat, with a 100 seat minimum.) Additional licenses are available in batches of 50.

The offer includes:

  • All of the Creative Cloud apps;
  • Several Creative Cloud services;
  • 2 GB storage per user;
  • Named licenses, allowing students to log in to their own accounts from anywhere, with support for privacy standards that Adobe says are consistent with COPPA.

"Strengthening the 'A' in STEAM, and making art and creativity core to the student learning experience is Adobe's responsibility. Digital storytelling is a critical skill for all students, and enabling them to start creating videos, editing photos and publishing websites by grade 6 and earlier is key," said Mala Sharma, VP & GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, Adobe, in a prepared statement. "Making Creative Cloud available at $4.99 per year, per license — with access in schools and at home — is going to be a game changer, providing students and teachers access to apps that will unlock their inherent creativity in new and exciting ways. Making Creative Cloud affordable is just one of many actions we're taking to reduce the barriers to teaching these skills in today's classrooms."

Adobe is also offering new new free PD courses at the Education Exchange, as well as lesson plans and a guide to using Creative Cloud.

Further details can be found at adobe.com/education/k12.html.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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