Did you know that Autodesk offers free AutoCAD software and licenses for many students and educators? It’s true. If you’re interested in learning AutoCAD, here are the details:
If you’re a student or educator at a Qualified Educational Institution, you’re eligible. You’re probably asking “How do I know if my school is a Qualified Educational Institution?” If you’re studying or teaching at accredited public or private:
- Middle schools and high schools
- Junior colleges
- Colleges, universities, and technical schools
- Home school programs that belong to a nationally recognized home schooling body
Then you qualify!
Additionally, if you’re working on your thesis or masters, or if you’re in an apprenticeship program (Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom only), you also qualify.
Still not sure? The Autodesk Knowledge Network has even more information.
I’m Eligible! How Do I Get Access?
The first thing you need to do is register with the Autodesk Education Community.
- Set up your Education account.
If you don’t already have an Autodesk ID, this process will help you get one.
- Download and install your software by going to the Education Community Don’t forget to turn off your pop-up blockers first!
- Activation may be automatic, but if it’s not, be ready to supply your serial number.
Need some help setting up your Education account? Check out these step-by-step instructions.
Are you a computer lab administrator or otherwise need multiple licenses for your institution? Make sure to scroll down to the Access for Educational Institutions section here for specific instructions.
Anything Else I Need to Know?
The Autodesk Education Community site has everything you could ever want to know about the program, our software, competitions, events, and our philosophy toward education.
If you have any other questions about AutoCAD educational licenses, go ahead and let us know in the comments!