Microsoft School Licensing



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Programs for educational institutions

The Academic Volume Licensing program that is best for you depends on the size and type of your institution and how you want to acquire Microsoft licenses and Online Services. There are two types of programs: subscription and perpetual.

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 is available.
* Special Note: You never actually OWN any software that you purchase as you are ONLY PURCHASING THE RIGHT TO "USE" THE SOFTWARE.


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

What is Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES)?

Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) offers qualified academic customers an easy, cost-effective way to acquire Microsoft software and services under a single licensing agreement.

Program comparison

Compare your options to find the right licensing program for your institution.

Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Academic

If you discover counterfeit, pirated, or any software improperly licensed on your PC, help is available. The Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Academic (GGWA-A) is a cost-effective way for qualified academic institutions to fully license their Windows operating system software on existing PCs running Windows. For help determining whether your Windows software is genuine and properly licensed, contact your Microsoft reseller or visit the Microsoft How to Tell website.

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