Adobe for Education - Licensing

Adobe licensing for education

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With budget constraints and an increasing need to prepare students for the multi-platform world of work, giving students the tools they need to do their best is getting more and more difficult. Volume licensing can help! It makes it easier and more affordable to run software on multiple computers in your school. There are a number of different options available to schools, colleges and universities, and to give you a hand in choosing between them, we’ve put together a quick guide to the options below.

Paul Ford, Regional Education Manager

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Jigsaw24 have now been appointed as an approved supplier by the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC). As well as providing advice and consultation, we can work with you to get the best Adobe licensing deal. To find out more about the different options available and how we can negotiate discounted campus-wide Adobe prices, take a look at the information below.

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With the arrival of Creative Cloud, Adobe have made their licensing options for education much simpler, streamlining them into two options – the Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) and Creative Cloud via the Value Incentive Plan (VIP). But which is right for your institution? Take a look at the basics below…

Value Incentive Plan (VIP)

Adobe’s VIP is a new scheme designed to make it easier for people to buy and manage subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud.


It comes in two options: device licensing (in which each Adobe licence is associated with a specific computer and as many students can use that computer as you like) and named user licensing (in which each licence is associated with a specific staff member or student).

If you’re concerned about protecting student data, it may be best to opt for a device licensing programme, as this does not require individual students to be named on licences. It also allows you to buy fewer licences (unless you have more computers than you do students, in which case Adobe is the least of your worries). If you’re looking to purchase Adobe licences for faculty members or an internal marketing team, we’d recommend named user licensing. This is perfect for small working groups as it includes all of Adobe’s online collaborative tools, including Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and up to 100GB of cloud storage per user.

Read more about enrolling with VIP for primary and secondary education.

Read more about enrolling with VIP for further and higher education.

Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA)

Available to primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges, EEA's ideal for anyone who’s been on a TLP or CLP for the last few years, not least because it uses the same management portal and offers flexible deployment options.


All of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps are included and there are also two add-on bundles available – one including Presenter and Captivate and the other made up of Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. Adobe services like tech support are not included, but our team can help you with those.

Eligibility for an EEA is based on your school’s FTE number. Smaller schools need an FTE number of 20 or higher to qualify, larger schools need 70 or higher, and Academy Trusts who want to purchase on behalf of all the schools in their group will need an FTE number of 300 or more. Higher education institutions are not eligible for EEA, but can sign up for Creative Cloud using Adobe’s VIP scheme.

Read more about enrolling with EEA for primary and secondary education.

Want to see how you Creative Cloud purchasing options stack up against each other?
Download our Adobe EEA vs Creative Cloud VIP guide here.

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