Emergency Funding Approved for Student Access to Software

July 29, 2021

Information updated on Aug. 11, 2021 to ensure students do not pay for any apps but intead follow instructions on the Adobe webpage for free access.

Dear students,

We are pleased to announce that student access to software previously covered by the Student Technology Fee (STF) will be funded for the 2021-22 academic year, as follows:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: emergency funding from the Chancellor

  • Microsoft: emergency funding from the Chancellor

  • MatLab: carry-forward funds from the STF

  • LinkedIn Learning: carry-forward funds from the STF

You may recall hearing the news that the STF was not renewed in April 2021. Although more than 80% of students voted in favor of passing the fee renewal, it did not pass in the ASUC Election due to lower-than-required voter turnout. The Chancellor has committed to finding emergency funding for Adobe and Microsoft while remaining STF carry-forward funds have been committed to cover student licensing for MatLab and LinkedIn Learning for this academic year only

Conversations with student leadership are ongoing to discuss strategies for long-term sustainable funding for software and other technology costs that have been covered by the STF during its seven-year history.

What is changing?

To help ensure access for all students and to manage costs incurred by campus, students will need to request an Adobe Creative Cloud license for Fall 2021. How students access licenses for other software is not changing. 

How do I get the free Adobe license?

Starting Aug. 12, 2021, the license request form will be available on the Adobe Software page (do not purchase any Adobe apps, please follow the instructions on the Adobe software page). All students who need to use Adobe software as part of their academic or co-curricular work, or employment at UC Berkeley must request a license. Fall semester Adobe licenses will be valid from Aug. 16, 2021 to Jan. 10, 2022. A new Adobe license request will be needed for Spring semester. 

Do I need to buy Adobe apps?

No, Adobe apps are provided at no cost to you with a university license. Please do not buy any apps. Visit the Adobe Software page for instructions.

What if I already have an Adobe license?

On Aug. 15, 2021, all pre-existing student Adobe licenses will be deactivated and Fall 2021 licenses will begin being activated. To avoid disruption in using Adobe Creative Cloud products, students may request the free Adobe license starting on Aug. 12. Students may temporarily lose access to their Creative Cloud assets during the transition period between deactivation of their old license and their request for a new license being activated. Once the new license is activated, they will regain access to their assets in Creative Cloud.

Where do I get access to other software and training?

Explore all the free software that is available to students, faculty, and staff. Login to LinkedIn Learning to access more than 5,000 on-demand courses to learn how to use software, create a budget, or boost creative and technology skills.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We understand how important it is for you to have access to this software to support your research, teaching, and learning and wish you all the best for the start of a great academic year. 

Warm regards,

Jenn Stringer
Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and CIO

Oliver M. O'Reilly 
Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

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