Adobe student discount: save a massive 60%+ on the Creative Cloud

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The Adobe student discount is one of the biggest savings you'll ever make on creative software. It will save you hundreds on the cost of Adobe's all-apps subscription, which includes tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Premiere Pro. 


Adobe Student Discount: Get over 60% off a Creative Cloud All-Apps subscription
Students, teachers and other education workers can get up to 60% off an all-Apps subscription to the Creative Cloud, which includes 20+ industry-leading apps including Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign and more. 
US: $54.99 $19.99/month
 £51.98 £16.24/month
AU: AU$79.99 AU$21.99/month

These tools are normally prohibitively expensive for all but professional users. But once you've applied your Adobe student discount, the price comes down hugely, making a deal that for students of photography, filmmaking, design, illustration, publishing and other creative disciplines simply can't miss. The desktop apps alone include the following:

For photography
• Photoshop (including Photoshop on the iPad)
• Adobe Lightroom and Lightroom Classic
• Adobe Bridge

For video
• Adobe Premiere Pro
• Adobe Premiere Rush
• Adobe After Effects
• Adobe Media Encoder
• Audition

And more...
• Dreamweaver
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Dimension
• Adobe InDesign
• Adobe InCopy
• Adobe Prelude
• Adobe Animate
• Adobe Character Animator
• Acrobat DC Standard, Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Reader
• Adobe Scan
• Adobe XD

The small print: how Adobe subscriptions work

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Before you put in your credit card details, though, it's worth paying attention to the small print. Here are three points that you need to know:

Adobe will quote both a monthly price and an annual pre-paid subscription, but they both work the same way in that you are committing to a 1-year contract. That means a cancellation fee with be charged if you want to end your subscription early. The same applies to the monthly payments – the monthly fee is simply a way of paying by instalments.

• Also note that the Adobe Student discount applies to the Creative Cloud All-Apps subscription only. It does NOT apply to single-app subscriptions, or other bundles such as a Photography Plan.

Finally, note that the Adobe Student discount applies for the first year only. You may still qualify for a discount in your second year, but the current default is that your subscription will automatically renew at the full price. If you don't want that to happen, you'll need to cancel before the end of the year (see How to cancel Photoshop, Lightroom or Photography Plan).

Who can get an Adobe Student discount?

To qualify for the student discount on Creative Cloud, you must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in one of the following institutions:

  • Any accredited public or private university or college, as long as your degree requires the equivalent of at least two years of full-time study. Full-time and part-time students are both eligible.
  • Any accredited public or private primary or secondary school providing full-time instruction.
  • Home schooling

The Adobe student discount is also available to teachers, faculty, and staff at the above institutions, and to home school teachers.

How do you get the Adobe student discount?

To get the Adobe student discount on the Creative Cloud, visit and log in with your Adobe ID. If you don't have an Adobe ID, you can create one at for free.

Near the top of the page (shown below) are four tabbed options: Individuals, Business, Students & Teachers, Schools & Universities. Choose the third option, 'Students & Teachers'.

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On the next page, scroll down to the box titled 'Creative Cloud All Apps' and click the blue 'Buy now' button.

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Follow the steps and enter your details until you reach the payment screen. There you'll be asked for your credit card details to pay for a Creative Cloud subscription at the student discount rate. 

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Now scroll down and double-check the summary, just so you're absolutely sure of the monthly amount you're agreeing to be taken from your card. Then click the blue button below it marked 'Continue to Verification'. 

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At the checkout, you’ll need to provide the name of your school and confirm whether you’re a student, teacher, or administrator. Proof of eligibility may be required after purchase. However, if you're in the US and use a school-issued email address during purchase, that won't be necessary. 

Adobe Student Discount: how to prove your eligibility

To prove your eligibility, Adobe will request a document issued by the institution within the last six months, with your name, institution name, and current date. 

Examples of acceptable documents include a school ID card, report card, transcript, tuition bill or statement. Home-schooled students may supply a dated copy of a letter of intent to home school; current membership ID to a homeschool association, or dated proof of purchase of curriculum for the current school year.

If you're a teacher or education worker, you'll be asked to present ID that includes your name, the date, and the name of your employer, or an official document. The latter may include, for example, an institutional paycheck stub, or a letter on official letterhead from the registrar. 

If necessary, Adobe are happy for you to cross out any sensitive information such as pay amounts, grades, or social security numbers.

Quick reminder of what you get

The Adobe student discount gets you over 60% off a Creative Cloud All-Apps subscription. This is a suite of 20+ industry-leading apps for a range of creative disciplines including photography, video, design, web, UX, and social media. You also get access to services that help these apps work together efficiently and smoothly, including Adobe Apps, Adobe Fonts, and cloud storage for your projects.

The best-known apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud include:

  • Adobe Photoshop: the industry-leading image editor also offers graphic design, web  prototyping and 3D modelling features
  • Adobe Lightroom: modernised and updated version of the popular image organisation and editing software
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic: the original version of Lightroom, which some photographers still prefer to use
  • Adobe After Effects: software used throughout the entertainment industries for motion graphics, compositing and VFX
  • Adobe Premiere Pro: Cutting edge video editing tool, widely used in the film and TV industry, and professional YouTubers
  • Adobe Premiere Rush: Simplified and easy-to-use video editing for desktop and mobile
  • Adobe Illustrator: the industry-leading vector editor, used for creating everything from simple icons to detailed illustration
  • Adobe InDesign: desktop publishing software used through the media industries
  • Adobe XD: software for web and app prototyping
  • Adobe Dimension: software for mocking up, compositing and rendering photorealistic 3D images
  • Acrobat Pro: PDF creation and editing software

The other apps included in the Creative Cloud are:

  • Animate
  • Dreamweaver
  • Audition
  • InCopy
  • Character Animator
  • Capture
  • Fresco
  • Bridge
  • Photoshop Express
  • Media Encoder
  • Aero
  • Adobe Scan
  • Fill & Sign
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Acrobat Pro

And you also get:

  • Step-by-step tutorials 
  • 20,000+ fonts
  • Libraries to gather and share logos, fonts, images, etc 
  • Your own customizable website 
  • Inspiration, job postings, and a place to showcase your work 
  • Instant access to the latest features 
  • 100GB of cloud storage

If you're unsure whether you want Creative Cloud, even with the huge student discount, you can always take out a seven-day free trial to take it for a spin first.


Adobe Student Discount: Get over 60% off a Creative Cloud All-Apps subscription
Students, teachers and other education workers can get up to 60% off an all-Apps subscription to the Creative Cloud, which includes 20+ industry-leading apps including Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign and more. 
US: $54.99 $19.99/month
 £51.98 £16.24/month
AU: AU$76.99 AU$21.99/month

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.

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