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Eligibility

Thanks for your interest in playing, crafting, and learning using Minecraft: Education Edition! For a limited time, we’re offering early access to Minecraft: Education Edition at no cost to educators, administrators, and students of eligible academic institutions.

Eligibility can be confirmed by checking your school email account at www.office.com/teachers, where you can also get a new account if you qualify or obtain eligible status if needed.

Minecraft: Education Edition will be available for purchase by schools, libraries, museums, and participants in nationally recognized home-school organizations. For those unsure if their institution qualifies, here are the details on eligibility:

  • An eligible educator must be a full-time or part-time faculty or staff member at an academic institution and have a school-specific email address provided by the school (for example, contoso.edu) that can receive external email.

  • An eligible district or school must be a qualified education user, defined as an accredited institution organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of teaching its enrolled students.

  • An eligible public library must provide general library services without charge to all residents of a given community, district, or region.

  • An eligible public museum must be an agency or institution organized on a permanent basis for essentially education or aesthetic purposes, and utilize a professional staff to exhibit tangible objects to the public on a regular basis.

  • Finally, an eligible home-school program must provide K-12 education to a student or students with written proof that it either belongs to a nationally recognized home-schooling organization or is expressly recognized by a local school district as an acceptable alternative to an accredited or state-recognized/approved educational institution.

Minecraft: Education Edition is supported on PCs running Windows 10 and Macs running macOS.
To read the current list of supported countries, please head to the Knowledge Base.

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