Adobe has revealed it will be providing free access to its Creative Cloud apps for students, so they can still work and study at home. The move comes in response to growing pressure from teachers, who were appealing on behalf of their students who will otherwise be missing out due to school closures.
The company said:
With many schools facing physical campus closures and moving to online learning due to COVID-19, we’re announcing that we’re giving greater access to Adobe Creative Cloud desktop apps to facilitate distance learning. We believe that doing so will make it possible to keep coursework, teamwork, and student progress on track through at-home access to Creative Cloud for students and educators. As our education customers work to ensure both safety and learning continuity in their communities, it is our goal to help them with the tools they need to move through these uncertain times. Our commitment to do so in a seamless way continues to be unwavering.
Adobe’s website now has a helpful section dedicated to advising those eligible. Anyone who studies at an institution that pays for access to the Creative Cloud package will now be able to access it from home, once an application submitted by the school’s IT admin had been approved. At the time of writing, the offer extends to May 31st.
It all came about after a professor at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, RC Concepcion, simply tweeted Adobe asking if it was possible. He tells PetaPixel that Mala Sharma, Adobe VP of Creative Cloud, replied to him, and just two days later, Adobe made the announcement.
If you're eligible for CC at home, make sure your school's IT admin is aware of Adobe's application page.