Home School question

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I home-school my children, and I would like use this. I belong to a home school association.

When I try to sign-up it says I need to have a .edu e-mail address. But, since we're a home-school, I don't have one.

How can I sign-up and use Minecraft Education Edition without a .edu address? Is there some special process I need to go through, since I'm a home-school?



November 1, 2016 5:30 PM UTC


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Posted By Srikanth Katta

November 1, 2016 5:38 PM

I'm pretty sure, from what I've read somewhere on the FAQ on this site that sadly, it's not open yet to non-schools yet. There DOES need to be something for non-schools, as this is one of the two reasons I am also stopped from using this program, though I am a teacher in a school with an .edu email - I teach in a different way than others for the moment. You may just wanna keep your eye on this program from time to time until a homeschooling path is developed or something.

Posted By Minecraft Education

November 2, 2016 8:52 AM

Here is an article from our knowledge base on homeschool customers. Thanks! https://education.minecraft.net/knowledgebase/eligibility-unaffiliated-homeschool-customers/

Posted By Srikanth Katta

October 8, 2017 3:39 AM

How do i join somones class for this

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Posted By Jeff Siebold

September 18, 2017 4:23 PM


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Posted By Srikanth Katta

May 7, 2017 2:53 PM

I'm also very interested in this topic since my kids are homeschooled. Can you please fix the link? We can't reach it.

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Posted By Srikanth Katta

April 15, 2017 4:58 AM

I'm interested in using Minecraft for my home schooled kids as well. The link you provided doesn't work.

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Posted By Srikanth Katta

April 8, 2017 7:58 PM

This link does not work. I am a homeschooling mom and am interested in hearing more.

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Posted By Chad Carter

May 6, 2017 2:57 PM

I spent an hour with Microsoft Chat on Wednesday night and then called the number they gave me today (Saturday). The number ended up just being normal support number, and not associated to education in any way. After another 45 minutes on the phone talking to two different people, I was told there wasn't anything available. Even though the website clearly states there is.

I believe the link above is now:


In section G under the US-based organizations it clearly states Homeschool as well. Of course, as homeschoolers, we don't have access to a .edu domain. I can understand it not being a simple way to signup online and requiring to contact support to validate your homeschool, but when the people you talk have no idea what a Homeschool is ... it makes it difficult.

Perhaps if more people contacted them, they would get their act together. Either say it isn't available for homeschoolers, or make a way for homeschoolers to get the software. Saying it is and then not actually being able to obtain the software is not a great experience.

I'm a huge fan of Microsoft, but this experience has saddened me.

Posted By Brittainy Nin

May 21, 2017 12:55 AM

Has there been any updates on this? I tried chatting and emailing, and either they don't get back to me, or they respond redirecting me to the website, which has no way to set it up. :-(

Posted By MEE Community

May 22, 2017 3:09 PM

Hi Brittainy, we had a pilot running for home-school families for a short while we build a more permanent solution. That pilot filled within a span of just a few weeks. The Office 365 Education team is working on a solution for this, and as soon as it gets to market they will share that news and obviously we will announce as well, so families can use the unique features in Education Edition in a home-school environment. Currently, if you are affiliated with a school district or similar, you can use this account to gain access.

Posted By Srikanth Katta

August 8, 2017 5:29 AM

In the meantime would you please remove homeschoolers from the eligibility list to avoid confusion and frustration? Perhaps just say it will hopefully be available to homeschoolers in the future? I'm obviously not the only one who has wasted time on trying to figure this out since the website clearly states, in multiple places, that homeschoolers are eligible. Thank you!

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Posted By Jason Rice

June 16, 2017 7:33 PM

I applied for the Home School Pilot Program and got accepted and have spent the last 6 months with no access to Minecraft Education Edition and repeatedly tried support for help but get the same reply every time.

Home School pilot program is closed to new applicants its like no one reads the e mail's. :-(

Posted By MEE Community

June 16, 2017 7:58 PM

Hi Jason!

We see you've filed a support ticket and hope the information we've included is at least somewhat helpful so you can get on your way again. :)

Posted By Jason Rice

June 23, 2017 1:17 PM

I haven't received a reply from anyone at support yet.

Is Minecraft: Education Edition still accessible to those of us who signed up and got accepted to the Home school pilot program launched on November 2016 or is access now gone for us.

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Posted By Srikanth Katta

June 18, 2017 6:07 PM

My children are primary school age (7 and 8) at primary in Scotland, they have not been given an academic email - how do I get the school to sign up, how much will the licence cost the school, how much per child after that, does it only work on win 10 or will it work on earlier versions. And by the way it is an amazing idea - I used my uni login to get my daughter on to check it out and she loves it and took to it straight away.

Posted By MEE Community

June 19, 2017 9:13 PM

Hi Paul!

We understand the demands on today’s educators and are committed to making Minecraft: Education Edition as affordable and accessible as possible. Minecraft: Education Edition costs 5 US dollars per user (or local currency equivalent). Opportunities for volume licensing for schools are also available by contacting the school's preferred reseller. At this time, Minecraft: Education Edition is supported on the newest operating systems for PC and Mac. On PC, Minecraft is supported for Windows 10. On Mac, Minecraft is supported on macOS.

For more info, check out the "Availability" section in our Knowledge Base: https://education.minecraft.net/support/knowledgebase/

Posted By Jason Rice

June 24, 2017 10:06 PM

Just an update to say I finally got the issue sorted out.

Being in Ireland no one at the pilot program got around to linking my 365 tenant as a educator account to the store no that is sorted out I should have the full version on monday :-)

I am delighted and looking forward to sharing ideas with the community and hopefully making some online friends to collaborate on projects together.

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