GitHub Student Developer Pack Demystified

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There’s no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real-world tools can be quite expensive. That’s why GitHub created the GitHub Student Developer Pack to give students free access to the best developer tools in one place so they can learn by doing.

In this article, I’d take you through:

  • What is GitHub Student Developer Pack
  • Contents of the pack
  • Terms and Conditions
  • How to apply for the pack
  • Expiration and renewals

Let’s roll :)

What is GitHub Student Developer Pack?

GitHub Education offers students real-world experience with free access to various developer tools from GitHub’s partners.

This pack gives you free access to various tools that world-class developers use. The pack currently contains 23 tools ranging from Data Science, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, APIs, Integrated Development Environments, Version Control Systems, Cloud Hosting Platforms, Code tutorials, BootCamps, Continous Integration platforms, payment platforms and lots more.

Contents of the pack

  • Hosted search API that provides support from front end to back end frameworks and libraries.
  • 100k records and 1 million operations (normally $150/month), valid for 1 year.

  • A hackable text editor for the 21st Century
  • Open Source by GitHub, free for everyone

  • Access to the AWS cloud, free training, and collaboration resources
  • GitHub Student Developer Pack members receive up to $110 in bonus AWS credits for a total of $75-$150

  • Install cloud applications in a single click
  • Business 3 plan (normally $49/month) free for one year

  • An open and powerful platform for spatial data analysis, visualization, and application creation.
  • Free account upgrades with increased database storage, real-time data, Location Data Services Credits, and premium features for 2 years.

  • Cloud-based infrastructure monitoring
  • Pro Account, including 10 servers. Free for 2 years. (OMG!)

  • Simple cloud hosting, built for developers
  • $50 in platform credit for new users

  • Learn Web Development from the premier coding Bootcamp for launching developers.
  • Free one-month membership ($149 value) to Community-Powered Bootcamp: a proven online Web Development course with a curated community of learners.

  • Powerful collaboration, code review, and code management
  • Unlimited free public and private repositories.

  • Reduces frustration and makes Git and GitHub workflows more approachable.
  • Open Source by GitHub, free for everyone

  • Legendary cross-platform Git client that integrates with GitHub.
  • Free Pro account for 1 year (normally $49/year).

  • Legendary task tracking boards that sync in real-time with GitHub Issues
  • Free Pro account for 1 year (normally $49/year).

  • A flexible, easy-to-use platform to deploy, run, and manage your apps.
  • One free Hobby Dyno for up to two years (valued at $84/year). (OMG!)

  • Professional desktop IDEs: IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, and more
  • A free subscription for students, to be renewed annually.

  • Affordable registration, hosting, and domain management
  • One year SSL certificate (normally $9/year)

  • Email infrastructure as a service
  • Student plan 15K free emails/month (normally limited to 200 free emails/day) while you’re a student

  • Track errors in every language, framework, and library
  • 500,000 events/month with unlimited projects and members while you’re a student

  • Web and mobile payments, built for developers
  • Waived transaction fees on first $1000 in revenue processed

  • Dynamic A/B testing, smart push notifications and custom analytics for native mobile apps
  • Complete access to the suite of tools for native mobile apps. Unlimited access to the platform free for 6 months.

  • Learn Fundamentals of Web Development to launch your career as a developer
  • One month of access to a web development course that will get you started with HTML/CSS, JavaScript, and developer tools. Includes access to online office hours with experienced developers for feedback on your work and help when you need it.

  • Localization platform that easily integrates with your code base
  • One year free of the Starter plan, a $99/month value. Get 50,000 hosted words, unlimited projects, and access to translation partners to bring your software to a global market from the start.

  • Continuous integration platform for open source and private projects
  • Private builds (normally $69/month) while you’re a student

  • A complete suite of game development tools for PC, console, mobile, web and VR
  • Unreal Engine free while you’re a student (OMG!)

This is all the current contents of the pack. More would be added frequently as GitHub gets more partner companies.

If your company produces developer tools and wants to be included in the Pack, you can pass a note to GitHub and get it added to the pack.

Terms and Conditions

To be eligible for the GitHub Student Developer Pack, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study
  • Have a verifiable school-issued email address or school documents that prove your current student status
  • Have a GitHub user account
  • Be at least 13 years old

How to apply for the pack

If you meet the above requirements, you can apply for the GitHub Student Developer Pack, which includes offers and benefits from GitHub partners.

[1]. Visit the application website

  • Under “Which best describes your academic status?”, select Student.

[2]. Verification process

There are two ways to verify your student status, a verifiable school-issued email address or school documents that prove your current student status e.g (Admission letter, Departmental receipts, Faculty letters, School grants receipts and others)

Selecting a school-issued email address, if you have one, gives you the best chance of a speedy review. Although the second method takes a little more time, it would still get verified. If you reside in Nigeria and attend a Federal or State University, you would have to consider the second method otherwise you can use the first.

  • Select or add the email address you use for school.

  • Upload proof of your academic status if you do not have a school-issued email address

PDF files are not supported, and you cannot upload them as proof of academic status. Upload in image format (e.g .png, .jpg, .jpeg)

  • Enter your school’s name.
  • Describe how you plan to use GitHub.

This is just to check if you truly know the worth of the pack. Briefly state what you need the pack for and how you would use it.

  • Verify your application details, then click Submit your information.

If your application is approved, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Applications are usually processed within a few days, but it may take longer during peak times, such as during the start of a new semester. I got mine within 32 hours :)

Expiration and renewals

Once your GitHub Student Developer Pack access expires, you may reapply if you’re still eligible, although some of the tools are not renewable as some GitHub partner offers cannot be renewed. For more information, see the GitHub Student Developer Pack page.

To see when your free access to the GitHub Student Developer Pack expires, visit your account’s billing settings.


The GitHub Student Developer Pack helps you as a student to ship software like a pro. Ensure you learn by doing, use these tools to improve and advance your skills. Be creative, these tools would allow you to build and develop the future at no cost, build brilliant innovations and make the world better.

For more information about the pack, check here

Thank you for reading!


All guides used in this post were gotten from GitHub Education

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