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How to get a .edu Email in 2021 – [100% Working Method]

In the first decade of everyday email use, there weren’t too many variations in what was available for your address. Just about everyone had some sort of .com at the end of their email, unless you worked for a government agency and had that fancy .gov on your nameplate, or you were in school or working for one, granting you the .edu designation.

As people’s online personas became more and more a part of who they were, emails evolved. Before too long you could have your ‘dot.com’ reflect your profession, where you were from, what your favorite sports team was, or even your own name.

Through all of those varied, creative choices however, the .edu designation remains one of the most sought-after and well-connected in the entire world.

What’s So Great About .EDU Emails?

Having an .edu email isn’t just about being a student or an employee of a college or university, it’s about all the doors that can be opened up as a result. Students and professors are heavily involved in research, creative work, experimentation, and building solutions for problems of today and tomorrow. But students typically don’t make any money, and academics don’t make much, so they have great need to access the tools that make their work possible. Tech, research, creative, and productivity companies around the world offer free access and incredibly discounted rates to some of the premiere software packages, online resources, and other tools for these purposes to students and academics, provided they can supply an .edu address, signifying they are enrolled or employed by a university. So why do these companies offer such generous freebies and discounts to students and educators? Two reasons in particular.

  1. New solutions and new discoveries are how change happens. When companies see their software and other tools being used to drive that change, it augments their own standing.
  2. The students of today are the entrepreneurs, business leaders, designers, graphic artists, writers, and researchers of tomorrow. If they are successful on a company’s software offerings today, they are more likely to invest in them tomorrow.

What companies offer free software use with an .edu email?

The list of organizations offering free software and online access to their products and services is much longer than this article has room for, but there are plenty of highlights to hit that should impress any student or researcher reading this. They include:

Autodesk: If you’re in the architecture, engineering, or construction fields, Autodesk is the perfect spot for software and services including CAD/CAM tools. Many of its software licenses are free and the software itself can be downloaded with an .edu email. Those packages cost between $440-$2,545 per year without the .edu extension.

Google G Suite for Education: If you’ve ever used Google Drive, you know it comes with a free 15GB of space for your files. That’s a whole lot of room if you’re just writing term papers, but substantially less if you’re churning huge amounts of data to do research or processing video files. With an .edu email, however, your space limit goes from 15GB up to 5TB – that’s terabytes for the uninitiated. This is an enormous amount of data that can last you not only your entire college career, but a decade or two after.

Microsoft Office: One of the most powerful suites on the market, it combines such well-known staples as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel into one massive bundle that is a major expenditure to businesses and entrepreneurs, but can be completely free with the right email address.

Amazon Prime: Having an .edu email address gets you a six-month free trial Prime account and its many benefits, including up to 90% off on textbooks, lots of free shipping, and access to a huge library of free movies and videos.

Github: If you’re into coding and computers, life doesn’t get much better than on Github. With an .edu email you can sign up for a Student Developer Pack which is a wholly remarkable showering of gifts that is unparalleled on the Internet. Included in it is more than $1,000 of free stuff, including credits for Amazon Web Service (AWS), Bitnami Business 3, a Datadog Pro Account, Digital ocean, Namecheap, Crowdflower, DNSimple, HackHands, Microsoft Azure, Orchestrate, SendGrid, TravisCl, and Github’s own unlimited private repositories.

How Do You Get an .Edu Email Address?

Although only one way is obvious, there are plenty of opportunities to secure your own .edu email address and take advantage of the amazing offers listed above as well as numerous more that proliferate across some of the most famous companies and industries around the world.

#1 Enroll in college classes at any university in the country

Pretty obvious, right? And truth be told, some colleges are so tiny that they don’t even offer their own email server. But most are at that bare minimum level and plenty of them are the type where you can qualify for an email address by taking even one class – perhaps just something you’re interested in or something you want to turn into an entrepreneurial effort down the road. Obviously, this option costs money, maybe quite a bit of it, but it’s also a surefire way to open up your email address to a whole lot of great offers and free products and services in return.

#2 Enroll as a new student at Diablo Valley College

Never heard of Diablo Valley College? Not to worry, it’s a public community college with two campuses, both located in Contra Costa County, California (say that three times fast). It has enrollment options for just about anyone, including lifelong learners, current high school students, and everyone else. Before you can apply to Diablo, you’ll need to visit another website called the California Community Colleges’ OpenCCC Account.  To apply for colleges in California, like Diablo Valley College, you’ll need this account that compiles all your information to make the process speedier. Here are the steps you’ll need to take to create your OpenCCC account.

  1. Start at the link above and click on “Create my Account” followed by “Begin creating my Account.”
  2. The next page will ask for some very basic information including your full name, your gender, your race, your birthday, and your social security number. If you’re not a US citizen, that’s a bit of a snag, but there is a solution for every problem. Visit this website, which will generate all the information you need to satisfy the OpenCCC information request and move on.
  3. Enter your email address and your phone number next. If you don’t have a US-based phone number, this website can generate one for you. The email address you enter will have to be real because you’ll be asked to verify it by entering a code sent to your inbox.
  4. You’re almost there! Choose a username, password, and PIN number, and make sure you write them down or keep them in a safe spot. Once you add a security question for an extra layer of support, you need to solve a CAPTCHA puzzle and swipe “Create My Account”. Congratulations, you’re ready to apply at Diablo Valley!

Once you’ve got your CCCApply account set up, you can enroll at Diablo Valley or one of the other community colleges in California. At our most recent checkup, Orange Coast College was also a good source for free .edu email addresses. Pick the college of your choice and select “Start a new application.” When it asks you what term you are applying for, pick the next closest one to the current date. The application will also ask for your education goal and your intended major – you can pick anything here, it won’t affect the status of your application.

Also click that your mailing address is the same as your permanent address, and then select that this is your first time applying for a college since leaving high school. Click that you received a high school diploma from a US school a year before your application date so it appears you are a high school student headed to college.

Give yourself a GPA of at least 3 or 4, then give yourself grades of ‘A’ in the courses it asks for grades in. The rest of the information you can do what you want with, but don’t lie about your citizenship and your military status, or if you are a resident of California or not. Click every field that asks for your permission and submit your application. In anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on the school and the time of year, you’ll receive an email denoting your acceptance to the school of your choice complete with a student ID # and your shiny new .edu email address.

#3 Buy an .edu account off Fiverr

If you don’t feel like going through the application process, one other option is to buy one off of the freelance website Fiverr. By visiting the site and searching for “EDU email”, you will find numerous freelancers who promise to deliver you an .edu account within as few as 24 hours for prices as low as $5. Make sure you do your homework on these sellers to verify their reviews and their ability to do the work they are selling before handing over your money.

Conclusion

Having an .edu email address gives you access to a remarkable number of services and products that would cost tens of thousands of dollars to access otherwise. Using these tips and tricks can get you your own .edu email account for little or no money and have you reaping the benefits in the near future.

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