College Student Discount – Office 2010 Educational / Academic Version Available Now

Groovy Deals

Yesterday I explained how to score a copy of Office 2010 on the cheap or even free, and today I have another groovyDeal for college students!  Microsoft this week upgraded its Educational Student discount program from Office 2007 to Microsoft Office Professional Academic 2010.

The Office Pro Academic 2010 Suite includes:

  • Word 2010
  • Excel 2010
  • PowerPoint 2010
  • OneNote 2010
  • Outlook 2010
  • Access 2010
  • Publisher 2010

Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft also “Upgraded” the price tag also. Instead of being just $59.99 like it was for Office 2007, the new College Student Discount is $79.95.   Granted $80 is better than $500 so this is still a groovyDeal for sure.

How To Get The Office 2010 Student Discount


1. First, you need to make sure you’re eligible.
It’s very likely you’re eligible if you have a .edu address, although even that isn’t necessary – it just speeds things up, a lot.  Here are the official requirements:

1. .edu: Individual must possess a valid e-mail address at a U.S. educational institution which contains the domain suffix .edu;
OR Pre-Approved School List: Enrolled in a U.S. educational institution included on the pre-approved school list;
OR Submission of school enrollment: Submit verifiable school enrollment via the validation process; AND
2. Individual must be a student at a U.S. educational institution and must be actively enrolled in at least 0.5 course credit and be able to provide proof of enrollment upon request.


2. Visit the Microsoft Student Office site and place the order!

The suite is available via direct digital download, or you can request a DVD (a $13 service charge applies to DVD orders.)  Each .edu email address can purchase up to 3 licenses at the $79.95 price, but if you’ve already bought the student discount Windows 7 that does count as 1 of your 3.



  1. Allen Marks

    June 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Now that is awesome. Thnx for the FYI.

  2. Sean

    June 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I wish they had the program available for students in high school :-(

    • MrGroove

      June 19, 2010 at 10:51 am

      Well actually they do –

      Although it’s not Office, you get pretty much EVERYTHING else out there all for FREE. I’ve not read up on Dreamspark for a few months (since writing the article) so you should take a look and see if Office is included now???

      Anyway, Windows 7 and Office might not be included BUT, just use Server 2008 as your desktop OS using all the Windows 7 drivers on your laptop etc… and you should be groovin.

  3. Janelle

    November 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I purchased Microsoft 2010 about a week and a half ago. My payment went through but I have yet to recieve it. How long is the average wait?

    • MrGroove

      February 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      honestly I’m not sure. Anyone else out there use this program? How long did it take?

      I would think you should get an email with your license via email…?

  4. Nadia

    December 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    well I’m coming late to this conversation. The discount only lasted for about a year I guess. Microsoft now says the student discount is $99.95, not including the backup disc

    • Steve Krause

      December 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Hi Nadia – Yeah…. Looks like they jacked up the price again but I have seen them drop the price from time-to-time.

      Another thing you should check out is the DREAMSPARK plan. I just posted it here:

      I read this comment and tried to think of options for you. Here you can get some free software way above and beyond just Office (however Office is not included…..).

      Hopefully this gives you a few options.



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