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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


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 may vary by geography.

Program comparison

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

Enrollment for Education Solutions

School Enrollment

Open License for Academic


Select Plus for Academic

Program type and term length

Agreement/ enrollment term

1 or 3 years

1 or 3 years

2 years



Institution type

Primary and secondary schools and districts
Higher education

Institution size

5-249 computers
250+ computers
5+ full-time equivalent (FTE) employees or students
1,000+ FTE employees or students

Software Assurance


Sales channel

Licensing Solution Provider (LSP)
1,000+ FTE employees or students
Authorized Education Reseller (AER)
5+ FTE employees or students