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Adobe Provides Temporary Free Access to Creative Cloud for Students, Faculty, and Staff

In support of distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic, Adobe has opened up access to the full Creative Cloud suite to any user affiliated with Cornell University’s Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement (ETLA). Temporary access will be valid through May 31, 2020, after which each user’s access rights revert to normal.

To take advantage of this service, an individual must be added as a Named-User of one of the existing membership plans.

Faculty and Staff:
Current subscribers to the Creative Cloud All Apps Plan are unaffected by this change. Subscribers to the Acrobat Pro DC Plan will gain temporary access to the full Creative Cloud suite through May 31, 2020. Faculty and staff who do not currently have either a Creative Cloud or an Acrobat Pro license must still demonstrate business need in order to get one.

In the CU Software Online Store, under the Adobe section, you will find a no-cost product “Temporary Creative Cloud for Cornell Students.” Please submit an order and we will get you the license. This will allow students to self-provision Adobe Creative Cloud.

We will also grant access to any student who submits a ticket to the IT Service Desk at or CU Software Licensing Office at

We are also asking departments for assistance: If you know of an instructor who expects their students to use Creative Cloud software for their academic work, we ask that you provide the CU Software Licensing Team with a list of students who need access. We can provision these students in bulk. Please put such lists in a spreadsheet with these columns: First Name; Last Name; NetID; Send the list to

Please send any questions to the CU Software Licensing Office at

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