Academic licensing programs are the most cost-effective way for schools to license software for widespread use. Top vendors like Microsoft and IBM allow institutions to equip their students, faculty, and/or staff with free access to software for a set fee
And the cost savings don’t stop there. Institutions can choose to charge end users for product access to defray the cost of program enrollment. This creates a win-win situation in which schools reduce their licensing expenses while still offering software to students well below retail price.