Applying for an educator or researcher discount

If you're an educator or a researcher, you can apply to receive GitHub Team for your organization account for free.

In this article:

About educator and researcher discounts

Before applying for an individual discount, check if your learning community is already partnered with us as a GitHub Education school. For more information, see "About GitHub Education."

To apply for an educator or researcher discount, you must:

  • Be an educator, faculty member, or researcher
  • Have a verifiable school-issued email address or upload documents that prove your school affiliation
  • Have a GitHub user account

Applying for an educator or researcher discount

  1. Go to GitHub Education and, in the top right, click Get benefits.

  2. Under "Which best describes your academic status?", select Faculty.

    Select academic status

  3. Select or add the email address you use for school.

    Select the email address

    Tip: Selecting a school-issued email address, if you have one, gives you the best chance of a speedy review.

  4. If prompted, upload proof of your academic status.

    • Click Use your camera to take a picture.

      Button to use your camera to take a picture

    • Optionally, to change the camera you want to use, use the camera drop-down menu.

      Camera drop-down menu

    • Place your valid academic ID or other proof of current academic status in the frame, then click Take photo.

      Take photo button

    • If you can't take a picture of your proof of academic status, to upload an image from your computer instead, click Upload image.

      Upload image link

      Note: PDF files are not supported, and you cannot upload them as proof of academic status.

  5. Enter your school's name.

    Field for your school name

  6. Describe how you plan to use GitHub.

    Description field for how you plan to use GitHub

  7. Verify your application details, then click Submit your information.

    Submit your information button

    If your application is approved, you'll receive a confirmation email. Applications are usually processed within a few days, but it may take longer during peak times, such as during the start of a new semester.

Upgrading your organization

After your request for an educator or researcher discount has been approved, you can upgrade the organizations you use with your learning community to GitHub Team, which allows unlimited users and private repositories, for free. You can upgrade an existing organization or create a new organization to upgrade.

Upgrading an existing organization

  1. Go to GitHub Education and, in the top right, click Get benefits.

  2. Under "Upgrade your organization", next to the organization you want to upgrade, click Upgrade.

    Upgrade button

Upgrading a new organization

  1. Go to GitHub Education and, in the top right, click Get benefits.

  2. Under "Upgrade your organization", click Create an organization.

    Create an organization button

  3. Under "Organization name", enter your organization name.

    Organization name field

  4. Under "Email address", enter a billing email address for your organization.

    Email address field

  5. Under "Choose your plan", make sure GitHub Team for Open Source is selected.

  6. Click Create organization.

    Create organization button

  7. Read the information about GitHub's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, then click Create organization.

  8. Go to GitHub Education and, in the top right, click Get benefits.

  9. Refresh the page.

  10. Under "Upgrade your organization", next to the organization you want to upgrade, click Upgrade.

    Upgrade button

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