Review common reasons that applications for a student discount are denied and learn tips for reapplying successfully.

Unclear academic affiliation documents

If the image or document you uploaded doesn't clearly identify your current academic affiliation, your application will be denied. To reapply, you need to upload an image of your school ID, academic transcript, or other document showing your proof of affiliation that clearly shows at least one date to prove your current academic status.

Using an academic email with an unverified domain

If your academic email address has an unverified domain, you must reapply by uploading proof of your current academic affiliation. Use the "I do not have a school-issued email" drop-down option and upload an image of your school ID, academic transcript, or other official proof of affiliation that clearly shows at least one date to prove your current academic status.

I do not have a school-issued email drop-down menu option

Academic email address already used

If your academic email was already used to request a Student Developer Pack for a different GitHub account, you cannot reuse the academic email address to successfully apply for another Student Developer Pack until your discount expires.

Note: It is against the GitHub Terms of Service to maintain more than one individual account.

If you have more than one personal user account, you must merge your accounts. To retain the discount, keep the account that was granted the discount. You can rename the retained account and keep your contribution history by adding all your email addresses to the retained account.

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Requesting a student discount for a organization account

To successfully apply for a Student Developer Pack, you must apply with your personal user account. If you apply for a Student Developer Pack with an organizational account, your application will be rejected. You can reapply at any time using your personal user account.

As a student, you can use private repositories in your personal user account to work in teams by adding collaborators. To learn more, see "Adding collaborators to a personal repository."

You may ask your teacher to create an organization account for classroom use. Educators with proof of school affiliation may apply for free private repositories. If you're a part of an official research organization or school club that is ongoing, you may ask your faculty advisor to apply for a researcher discount.

Ineligible student status

You're ineligible for a Student Developer Pack if:

  • You're enrolled in an informal learning program, such as a coding school or bootcamp and not enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study.
  • You're under 13 years old.

Your instructor may still apply for a GitHub Education discount for classroom use.

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