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Adobe Creative Cloud now only way to purchase Creative Suite

Adobe has announced that effective February 27, Adobe Creative Cloud will be the only option for educational licensing for Creative Suite products.

While current licenses of CS6 (or CS6 products) on campus are perpetual and will not expire, we will not be able to purchase CS6 or any of the CS6 individual products through any educational pricing programs after that date. (Note: At this time this does not affect our campus license for Adobe Acrobat Pro.)

So, what are your Creative Cloud options?

Option 1: Creative Cloud for Education Device License

This license allows for the Creative Suite applications to be installed on a single desktop computer. There is no restriction on the number of distinct users that use that computer (think office computer, lab computer, shared department laptop).

  • The device license can be for the entire Creative Suite, or a single application (see list below).
  • The device license does not include any “cloud features,” i.e., there is no cloud storage or collaborative toolset. The computer must be able to “check-in” to Adobe at least once every 30 days for a license check.

Option 2: Creative Cloud for Education Named User License

This license allows for a single named individual (one single person – not a shared account) to install the software on up to two (2) devices. The installation is done via a Creative Cloud Account which will be assigned to the user’s mtu.edu address. This must be installed on computers that are only used by that single person; this cannot be a shared machine.

  • The named user license can be for the entire Creative Suite, or a single application (see list below).
  • The named user license includes “cloud features.” This includes 100GB of cloud storage when purchasing the entire suite or 20GB for a single app purchase. It also includes the cloud collaboration tools for sharing documents.

Both of these options are a yearly subscription license. Michigan Tech’s “anniversary date” is December 3. Purchases made throughout the year fall under a prorated pricing schedule and expire at the next anniversary. Licenses must be renewed annually on the anniversary date or be removed from the machine.

Unlike previous Adobe installers that used a single license key, orders must now be processed through both our reseller and Adobe before the software can be installed.

Creative Suite Applications

Adobe Photoshop CC*
Adobe Illustrator CC*
Adobe InDesign CC*
Adobe Bridge CC
Adobe InCopy CC*
Adobe Acrobat XI Pro
Adobe Dreamweaver CC*
Adobe Flash Professional CC*
Adobe Flash Builder Premium Edition
Adobe Fireworks
Adobe Premiere Pro CC*
Adobe After Effects CC*
Adobe Audition CC*
Adobe SpeedGrade CC
Adobe Prelude CC
Adobe Encore
Adobe Media Encoder CC
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Muse CC*
Adobe Edge Tools (Edge Animate CC, Edge Code CC, and Edge Reflow CC)

*Available for purchase as individual applications

Creative Suite Pricing

The annual prices listed below are subject to market fluctuations and change often (and will be prorated at the purchase time).

Device Licenses
Complete Suite $175.79/year
Individual application $95.88/year
Named User Licenses
Complete Suite $251.88/year
Individual application $107.88/year

For more information on Adobe licenses, please contact us at it-help@mtu.edu or call 487-1111. One of our procurement agents will be happy to assist you with any questions you have about pricing and purchasing.

IT Standardized Equipment

One of the issues IT faces while helping departments order technology is an understanding gap involving the cost and why we, as an institution, select and purchase specific technology. Questions arise such as “Why am I required to purchase the standardized equipment selected by IT when I can purchase similar equipment more cheaply from another store?” or “Why can I not purchase this machine with [specific] features?”

Ads for retailers such as Best Buy, Tiger Direct, etc. advertise consumer level electronics with corresponding components and support. When Michigan Tech IT specifies equipment for the university, we are choosing hardware that is suited for business use, which generally results in higher prices. We also take the following into consideration:


When IT chooses laptops and desktops for the university, it looks for products that have a good longevity and interoperable parts, e.g., a docking station or power cord ordered with one laptop that is compatible with an entire series of products.  ”Families” of machines often share common drivers and software.  This allows IT to prepare machines and install software without having to custom-build a lot of equipment. While special scenarios always exist, this applies to the bulk of campus computing.


We choose professional/enterprise level technology which includes a minimum three-year warranty and a manufacturer’s support agreement for quick resolution and parts delivery. This allows IT to return repairs to users in the shortest time possible.


Michigan Tech’s practice is to use, reuse and repurpose our technology well past its warranty period whenever possible.  We strive to responsibly recycle equipment until every possible use has been utilized from the machine.  Choosing machines which have that potential level of lifespan is another reason why we recommend and buy specific equipment.

IT’s aim is to recommend technology that is fast, well supported, has good longevity, and in the end, when you figure in the support cost and lifespan of the equipment, has an excellent total cost of ownership.