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MIT faculty and staff can use Adobe Creative Cloud for free
March 8, 2017
Jess Archer
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Adobe is known for its suite of photography, design, video, and web applications, Adobe Creative Cloud (CC); it includes Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, and many other applications. Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) offers a no-cost Adobe Creative Cloud license to faculty and staff for use on MIT-owned machines for Institute business. Even if you already have an Adobe CC subscription, you can switch to an MIT license.

Note: Students are not eligible for MIT-licensed Adobe IDs, but can subscribe to the Creative Cloud at a discount.

If you recently purchased Creative Cloud

If you subscribed to Creative Cloud recently, contact VPF Procurement about a refund. After that, simply uninstall your current CC software and install the MIT-licensed version.

If you used your @mit.edu email

If your @mit.edu email is already associated with an Adobe ID, you have the option to link it with the MIT license or create a separate account. If you’d like to keep the first account for personal use, you can change the email associated with it. Once the @mit.edu address is no longer the primary address on your personal account, you can use that email address for a new, MIT-licensed Adobe ID.

On your personal account, you can use your @mit.edu email as the “alternate email” that Adobe requests for security purposes. This will not interfere with your MIT-licensed account.

If you’re on a free trial

Once you link your Adobe ID with MIT’s Adobe license, your free trial will end and your account will be MIT-licensed.

If you want it for home use

Adobe CC is licensed for use on MIT-owned machines, but faculty and staff have the option to purchase it at a discount for use on a home machine for the purpose of Institute business. The one-year subscription to Adobe CC for Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA) is only $9.75. Follow these steps to buy and download.

Help and troubleshooting

The IS&T Knowledge Base (KB) has a comprehensive FAQ regarding Adobe CC and the MIT license. This FAQ includes troubleshooting.

If you have questions or need help, contact the IS&T Service Desk at 617-253-1101, helpdesk@mit.edu, or online.