Licensing Options for Research and Education

The following types of educational entities are typically eligible* to purchase through Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing programs:

  • Educational institutions
  • Administrative offices and boards of education
  • Public libraries and museums

* Eligibility criteria may apply and vary by geography.

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Licensing Overview

  Enrollment for Education Solutions School Enrollment Open License for Academic MPSA Select Plus for Academic
Institution Type
Primary and Secondary Schools
Higher Education  
Institution Size
5 – 249 PCs      
250+ PCs  
5+ FTE / students        
1000+ FTE / students        
Program type and term length
Term 1 or 3 years 1 or 3 years 2 years none none
Software Assurance

Available program types

Subscription licensing

Subscription licensing gives you rights to use the products that you license—plus covered upgrades and downgrades—over the license period. Subscription licensing is great for institutions that want:

  • Access to the latest technology at the lowest upfront cost
  • The convenience of counting people or computers once per year
  • Easy compliance by knowing all users or computers are licensed for the year
  • Automatic Software Assurance coverage

Perpetual licensing

In perpetual licensing programs, you purchase the software licenses, so your organization has rights to the software after the licensing term ends. Perpetual licensing is great for institutions that want:

  • To own their software licenses
  • Transactional-based purchases of licenses in specific quantities
  • Optional Software Assurance coverage

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