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Get free* Autodesk software for your school

Qualified educational institutions can get free* access to leading Autodesk engineering and design software. It’s our way of helping schools educate the designers, engineers, animators and makers of tomorrow.

Who is Eligible?

Any educational institution that has been accredited by an authorized governmental agency within its applicable local, state, provincial, federal, or national government and has the primary purpose of teaching its enrolled students is qualified.
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What software is included?

Nearly all Autodesk software products are available for institutional use, including our most popular design suites.
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How to get access?


To get started, create an account or sign in with an existing Autodesk account.

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Interested for personal education or classroom use?

If you’re planning to use Autodesk software for your personal education or for classroom use, you don’t need to sign up for institutional access. Qualified individuals can get free** access to Autodesk software in the Free software section.
Learn about free** student and educator access

Getting started videos

How to set up an ARC account

Learn how to set up an ARC account for your educational institution.
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How to download software

After setting up your institution’s ARC account, learn how to give students and teachers access to Autodesk software.
Watch video (3:24 min.)

Learn to manage your software

Learn about the software management tools included with a Maintenance Subscription.
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*Free software available through Academic Resource Center (ARC) portal is limited to Autodesk approved educational institutions in certain markets and subject to the applicable Terms of Use, software license agreement and eligibility requirements.  Any software provided through ARC may only be used for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research and development that are part of the instructional functions performed by a qualified educational institution and may not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.  Autodesk software license agreements

**Free Autodesk software and/or cloud-based services are subject to acceptance of and compliance with the terms and conditions of the software license agreement or terms of service that accompany such software or cloud-based services. Software and cloud-based services provided without charge to Education Community members may be used solely for purposes directly related to learning, teaching, training, research or development and shall not be used for commercial, professional or any other for-profit purposes.