You can either set up a GitHub Copilot subscription for your personal account, or you can set up a GitHub Copilot Business subscription for your organization. For more information about GitHub Copilot Individual, see "About GitHub Copilot Individual."
Before starting a paid subscription for a personal account, you can set up a one-time 30-day trial to evaluate GitHub Copilot. To begin a trial, you will need to choose a monthly or yearly billing cycle, and provide a payment method. If you do not cancel the trial before the end of the 30 days, the trial will automatically convert to a paid subscription. You can cancel your GitHub Copilot trial at any time during the 30 days and you won't be charged. If you cancel before the end of the trial, you will continue to have access to GitHub Copilot until the 30-day trial period ends. For more information, see "Managing your GitHub Copilot subscription for your personal account."
Note: If you were part of the free GitHub Copilot technical preview that was run between July 2021 and June 2022, you are not eligible for a 30-day trial.
GitHub Copilot billing operates in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), so you may need to convert this to your own time zone. For example, if you're billed through Azure and see a usage update at 7:00 PM EST on December 1st, GitHub Copilot might show it as 12:00 AM UTC on December 2nd. Remember, if you cancel a seat, it ends in the billing cycle you request it, avoiding extra charges despite time zone differences.
For more information about billing in general, like adding a payment method or viewing your payment history, see "Managing your GitHub billing settings."
The GitHub Copilot subscription is available on a monthly or yearly cycle. If you choose a monthly billing cycle, you will be billed $10 USD per calendar month. If you choose a yearly billing cycle, you will be billed $100 USD per year. You can change to a monthly or yearly billing cycle at any time. The change will take effect from the start of your next billing cycle. In most cases, if you are not already being billed by GitHub, your billing cycle will start on the day you sign up for GitHub Copilot. For example, if you sign up on 3 September, with monthly billing, your initial billing cycle will run from 3 September until and including 2 October, and then on the same days of subsequent months. For annual billing, if you sign up on 3 September, your initial cycle will end on 2 September the following year.
If you already have a billing cycle, billing for GitHub Copilot will be included in your next bill, or your first bill after the end of your 30-day trial, and you will be charged on a pro rata basis for that initial period. If you do not already have an established billing date, you will be billed for GitHub Copilot Individual at the end of your 30-day trial, or when you set up a new paid GitHub Copilot subscription.
If you have an active GitHub Copilot Individual subscription, and are then assigned a seat as part of a GitHub Copilot Business subscription, your personal GitHub Copilot subscription will be automatically canceled. You will receive a prorated refund for any remaining portion of your personal subscription's current billing cycle. You will then be able to continue using GitHub Copilot according to the policies set at the enterprise or organization level.
A free subscription for GitHub Copilot is available to verified students, teachers, and maintainers of popular open-source repositories on GitHub. If you meet the criteria as an open source maintainer, you will be automatically notified when you visit the GitHub Copilot subscription page. As a student, if you currently receive the GitHub Student Developer Pack, you will also be offered a free subscription when you visit the GitHub Copilot subscription page. For more information about the GitHub Student Developer Pack, see "Apply to GitHub Global Campus as a student."
The GitHub Copilot Business subscription is available on a monthly cycle, and is billed at $19 USD per user per month. Billing for GitHub Copilot Business is processed at the end of each billing cycle. For more information about setting up a GitHub Copilot Business subscription, see "Managing your GitHub Copilot subscription for your organization."
Billed users are calculated based on the number of assigned GitHub Copilot seats. Any seat assigned part way through the billing cycle will be prorated based on the number of days remaining in the cycle. Any seat assignment removed during a billing cycle will take effect from the beginning of the next cycle. The person will still be able to use GitHub Copilot until the end of the cycle.
Seat assignment for GitHub Copilot Business is managed by admins of organizations. For more information, see "Managing Copilot Business."
When you connect an Azure subscription to your organization or enterprise account and enable metered billing via Azure, metered usage will start to be sent to Azure. You will be billed through GitHub for usage from the start of the current billing cycle to when you enabled metered billing via Azure, on your next billing date. The period between the date you connected your Azure subscription and enabled metered billing via Azure, and the end of the calendar month will be charged in Azure on the first of the month. For more information, see "Connecting an Azure subscription."
Note: Usage data is sent to Azure daily, but you are billed at the end of the month based on the number of seats used. This means that although you can track your daily spending (number of seats in this case), actual payments are processed monthly.