Microsoft Academic Editions are fully functional products - same as MS retail products - but at a special price.
Are you eligible for academic pricing?
Customers meeting the criteria below are eligible to acquire Microsoft Academic Edition (AE) products in the programs indicated and are defined as Qualified Educational Users:
Administrative Offices & Boards of Education
Teachers, Faculty and Staff
All Microsoft eligible education customers must be located or reside in the United States. Qualified Educational Users are a those entities that both have an educational purpose or mission and meet the criteria specified below. If a controversy exists as to an organization's eligibility, Microsoft retains the right to determine in its sole discretion the eligibility of the organization for the specific transaction in question. The following are eligible to acquire Microsoft Academic Edition (AE) products in the programs indicated and are defined as Qualified Educational Users.
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