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Apply to GitHub Education as a student

As a student, you can apply to join GitHub Education and receive access to the student resources and benefits offered by GitHub Education

As a student or faculty member at an accredited educational institution, you can apply for GitHub Education. GitHub Education is a portal that allows the GitHub Education Community to access their education benefits—all in one place! The GitHub Education portal includes access to the GitHub Education Community, industry tools used by professional developers, events, Campus TV content, GitHub Classroom, GitHub Community Exchange, GitHub Student Developer Pack, and other exclusive features to help students and teachers shape the next generation of software development.

Before applying for an individual discount, check if your learning community is already partnered with us as a GitHub Campus Program school. For more information, see "About GitHub Campus Program."


To be eligible for GitHub Education, including GitHub Student Developer Pack and other benefits, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study such as a high school, secondary school, college, university, homeschool, or similar educational institution
  • Have a verifiable school-issued email address or upload documents that prove your current student status
  • Have a GitHub personal account
  • Be at least 13 years old

Documents that prove your current student status include a picture of your school ID with current enrollment date, class schedule, transcript, and affiliation or enrollment verification letter.

During your tenure as a student, you may be prompted to periodically re-verify your current academic status.

Note: You cannot transfer academic discounts from one account to another. If you have more than one account you want to apply the discount to, consider merging your personal accounts and renaming the retained account if desired.

For information about renewing your GitHub Education access, see "Apply to GitHub Education as a student."

Applying to GitHub Education

  1. Go to GitHub Education and, in the top navigation bar, click Benefits.

  2. Under "Individuals", click Get student benefits.

  3. Under "Select the academic status", select Student.

  4. Select or add the email address you use for school.

    Tip: Selecting a school-issued email address, if you have one, gives you the best chance of a speedy review.

  5. Enter your school's name.

  6. Describe how you plan to use GitHub.

  7. Click Continue, and then you will be prompted to upload proof of your academic status.

    • Click Take a picture to use your computer's camera to upload proof.

      Screenshot of page for providing photo proof of your academic status. The "Take a picture" button is outlined in dark orange.

    • Optionally, use the camera drop-down menu to change the camera you want to use, if you have multiple cameras available.

    • Place your valid academic ID or other proof of current academic status in the frame, then click Take photo.

    • Under "Proof Type", use the dropdown to select the type of proof you are providing.

  8. Verify your application details, then click Process my application.

    Note: If, after clicking the Process my application button, you see a banner asking you to fix something in your application, you should fix it and then click Reprocess my application.

    If your application is approved, you'll receive a confirmation email. Applications are usually processed within a few days, but it may take longer during peak times, such as during the start of a new semester.

Expiration and renewals

Once your GitHub Education access expires, you may reapply if you're still eligible, although some of our partner offers for GitHub Student Developer Pack cannot renew. Most of the timed offers from our partners start once you set them up. To reapply, simply return to, click your profile picture, then click Reverify your academic affiliation.

Screenshot of a profile menu on the GitHub Education website. The "Reverify your academic affiliation" menu option is outlined in dark orange.

For more information, see the GitHub Student Developer Pack page.

To see when your free access to the GitHub Student Developer Pack expires, visit your account's billing settings.

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