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No Cost Adobe Creative Cloud Access

Beginning Fall 2023, all EIU students and employees will have access to the complete Adobe Creative Cloud at no cost. There will no longer be a need for students and employees to buy Adobe software for personal use on their computers. Adobe Creative Cloud provides apps, web services, and resources for all your creative projects — photography, graphic design, video editing, UX design, drawing and painting, social media, and more. Click here to view all apps.

This decision was made by EIU to enhance support for instructional curricula and address the digital divide many of our students face. Please find the FAQ section below for more information.

How can I get access to the Adobe Creative Suite? 


All EIU employees will have access by default (visit and will not require an additional request. 


  1. Visit and login with your EIU credentials.
  2. In the upper right hand corner select "Add apps" then "Request new apps".
  3. Under suggested apps select "Adobe Student Access" then "Add".
  4. Access may take up to 1 hour to be granted. You will receive an email telling you when you have access.

Are all EIU students eligible?

All students, with the exception of dual credit students, are eligible.

Why did EIU make this investment?

Through a partnership with all Illinois public higher education institutions EIU has secured the Creative Cloud at a significantly reduced cost. This has resulted in substantial savings for EIU students while also expanding access to the software for the entire student community.

How long will I have access to the Adobe Creative Cloud?

The Adobe agreement is for 3 years, and any eligible student will have access for the duration of the Adobe agreement. Students will need to re-apply for access annually.

Are there any restrictions on the use of Adobe Creative Cloud or where I can use it?

No restrictions as long as the student/employee maintains eligibility.

Faculty question: If I want to incorporate this into my course instruction, how do I learn more about its capabilities? 

EIU is working directly with Adobe and the FDIC to provide workshops on instructional use cases.  In the short term you can learn more by visiting the Adobe website.

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Josh Reinhart,
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Charleston, IL 61920

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