Adobe’s Photoshop is virtually a rite of passage for anyone in a creative field. But let’s be real: mastering this essential tool isn’t just a steep climb; it’s more like scaling a digital Everest. So, if you’re a student, you’ll want to get a head start on that learning curve. The catch? The standard price tag of $20.99 per month is often out of reach for a student budget. Bundle in the Creative Cloud, and you’re looking at a wallet-thinning $54.99 monthly fee.
Good news, though: Adobe has rolled out a student discount that’s genuinely worth considering. For just $19.99 a month, you don’t just get Photoshop. You gain entry to the entire Adobe Creative Cloud Suite—yeah, that includes heavy-hitters like Illustrator, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat Pro. Plus, you’re not just getting software; you’re getting a full creative package that includes tutorials, a massive library of over a million images and video clips, an extensive range of 20,000+ fonts, and even hosted websites. Ready to grab this deal? Here’s your guide to securing that student discount on Photoshop.
How to get Photoshop for students
As with all Adobe apps, the process involves starting a subscription, downloading the Creative Cloud app, and, from there, all your software.
- Go to the Adobe Photoshop Student Discount page.
- Click the Free trial or Buy now button (yes, you can also get it free for 7 days).
- Make sure you have selected the Students & Teachers plan. (See the screenshot for what your screen should look like.)
- Enter a school-issued email address or sign in to your Adobe account that’s affiliated with one.
- Provide payment information and download the Creative Cloud app.
- Open the Creative Cloud app, find Photoshop, and click Install.
Who can apply (and how)
When it comes to securing a student discount for Photoshop, the eligibility requirements are fairly straightforward but crucial to know. To qualify, you must be at least 13 years old and enrolled in an educational institution that falls under one of the following categories:
- University or college: This includes both public and private universities and colleges that are accredited and offer degrees that require a minimum of two years of full-time study.
- Primary or secondary school: Both public and private primary or secondary schools that provide full-time instruction are acceptable as long as they are accredited.
- Homeschooling: If you’re homeschooled, state regulations define your eligibility.
Now, let’s talk about proof. The easiest way to prove your eligibility is through a school-issued email address. If you have an email address that ends in .edu, .k12, or any other domain sponsored by an educational institution, you’re good to go; you’ll be instantly verified during the purchase process.
But what if you don’t have a school-issued email, or it can’t be verified? Well, you’ll have to provide additional documentation. For students and educators in accredited schools, this can range from a school ID card to a tuition bill or statement. The document should include your name, the name of the institution, and a current date.
If you’re homeschooled, a dated letter of intent to homeschool, a current membership ID to a homeschool association (like the Home School Legal Defense Association), or dated proof of purchase of curriculum for the current school year can serve as your proof of eligibility. Keep in mind that documents should be dated within the last six months to be considered current.
How to get Photoshop student discount if you’re not a student
If you want to secure Adobe’s Photoshop student discount, even if you’re not a student, you can enroll in an accredited course like the Adobe Certified LogoCore Logo Design Course, which generally costs around $80.
- First, navigate to Adobe’s student discount page to find details about their offer.
- You’ll see an option that specifies eligibility criteria for students and teachers. This is where enrolling in LogoCore comes into play.
- Upon enrolling in the course, you automatically meet Adobe’s student eligibility criteria. I recommend this particular course because the student discount you’ll receive on Adobe’s Creative Cloud will save you over $400 in a year, making the initial $80 investment well worth it.
- Once enrolled and eligible, you can activate your 60–70% discount on Creative Cloud for an entire year. Just follow the prompts on Adobe’s student discount page to complete the process.
How much do you save with the Photoshop student discount
How much you’re saving with the Photoshop student discount depends on which plan you’d pick otherwise. In general, the Creative Cloud All Apps plan for students costs $19.99 per month, while non-students pay between $54.99/mo and $82.49/mo, depending on the duration. Based on this, you save as much as $750 per year, or 76%.