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What's Academic Software?

Academically priced software is exactly what the name indicates -- software that is specially priced for the academic community. Many leading software publishers have identified the academic community as opinion leaders for their products. And have announced "academic" or "education" programs to offer their software to the academic community at specially discounted prices.

So, what is the difference between the products being offered at these specially discounted prices and the commercial versions of these products?

Absolutely nothing. These products are identical to the regular commercial versions. They are complete -- no features disabled, and include manuals, registration cards etc. etc.. (Note : Some exceptions do exist. Please see our pricelists for details). The products are registerable and upgradeable -- just like the regular commercial pack.

As an Educational Institution, Student, Faculty or Staff member, you are eligible to purchase legal, licensed software packages that you find in this catalog at special academic prices. Proof of academic status required.


Who's an Eligible Customer?

Each manufacturer we represent qualifies a group of customers to purchase their products at these specially discounted prices. Below are the Academic Eligibility Requirements that most manufacturers require. The Product Description page of a product may list Academic Eligibility Requirements that are different from those below such as Avid and Sibelius products. Generally, academically priced software can be sold to the following categories of customers -

Educational Institutions :

Public or Private K-12; Vocational Schools; Junior Colleges; College; University; and Scientific or Technical Institutions accredited by associations recognized by the US/Canadian Department of Education and/or the State Board of Education.

Preschools meeting all the following criteria - (i) is an early childhood program that serves a minimum of ten children ages two through five; (ii) has been in operation for at least one year; (iii) provides educational services.

Administrative Offices or Board of Education of Educational Institutions

District, regional , and state administrative offices of the Educational Institutions defined above.

Faculty & Staff :

Full and Part-time faculty and staff of all Public or Private K-12, Vocational Schools, Junior Colleges, Colleges, Universities, Scientific and Technical Institutions as defined above.

Students :

Full and Part-time matriculated students of all Public or Private K-12, Vocational Schools, Junior Colleges, Colleges, Universities, Scientific and Technical Institutions as defined above.

Home Schooled Students:

Home schooled students are eligible to purchase a number of the products we carry. Please call us to confirm eligibility for a specific product. Documentation of home school status is required for every order.

Public Libraries :

Public Libraries that meet all of these criteria - (i) provides general library services without charge to all residents of a given community, district or region; (ii) is supported by public or private funds; (iii) makes its basic collections and basic services available to the population of its legal service area to all individual users, but may impose charges on users outside its legal services area. NOTE: Some publishers do not qualify Public Libraries - please call or email us for information on specific products/ publishers.

Public Museums :

Public Museums that meet all of these criteria - (i) are a public or private agency or institution organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes; (ii) utilizes a professional staff, (iii) owns or utilizes tangible objects, cares for them and exhibits them to the general public on a regular basis. NOTE: Some publishers do not qualify Public Museums - please call or email us for information on specific products/ publishers.

Non Profit Organizations:

IRS 501c3 Non-Profit Organizations qualify to purchase many products from our catalog.

Churches/ Other Theological Organizations:

Churches and other theological organizations qualify to purchase many products from our catalog. However, some publishers do not qualify churches/ theological organizations, please call or email us for information on specific products/ publishers.


Academic Documentation

Educational Institutions :

Must provide an official purchase order from the institution on the official stationery/ purchase order of the institution.

Faculty & Staff :

Copy of valid Faculty/ Staff ID Card. The copy should clearly indicate the name of the individual, the Faculty/ Staff Number, Date of Validity, and the name of the Institution. The ID should be a photo ID.

If identification does not include a photo, then identification must be accompanied by a second source photo identification (eg. drivers license).

If the identification does not carry a date of validity, then an additional form of ID is required to establish current academic status. You may submit a copy of a recent paystub (current or previous month only), a copy of a teaching contract that indicates a period of validity, or a letter from the school - on the official letterhead of the school - confirming that you are a current faculty/ staff member at the school.

In the event that the institution does not have an ID card system, acceptable alternate documentation include copies of current pay-stubs, teaching contracts, or a letter from the institution confirming current faculty/ staff position at the institution. Such letter must be signed by someone with suitable authority and be on the official letterhead of the institution.

Students :

Copy of valid Student ID Card. The copy should clearly indicate the name of the individual, the Student ID Number, Date of Expiry (or current Semester validation sticker), and the name of the Institution. The ID should be a photo ID.

If identification does not include a photo, then identification must be accompanied by a second source photo identification (eg. drivers license).

If the identification does not carry a date of expiration (or a current semester validation sticker), then an additional form of ID is required to establish current academic status. You may submit a copy of a current semester tuition paid receipt, a current semester course registration schedule, or a letter from the school - on the official letterhead of the school - confirming that you are a currently enrolled student at the school.

In the event that the institution does not have an ID card system, acceptable alternate documentation include copies of current fee-paid receipt, registration/ course schedule, or a letter from the institution confirming current faculty/ student status at the institution. Such letter must be signed by faculty or administrative authority and be on the official letterhead of the institution.

Public Libraries :

Please call/e-mail for details

Public Museums :

Please call/ e-mail for details

Non-Profit Organizations:

Non-Profit Organizations must fax us a copy of their IRS 501(c)3 non-profit determination letter (this is the letter that you would have received from the US Treasury Department confirming your status as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization.

Churches/ Other Theological Organizations:

Churches and theological organizations placing orders for eligible software products must fax us a letter on official church stationery that confirms that the software is being purchased for the use of the organization.

Note: Churches and Theological Organizations who wish to order Adobe, Microsoft or Sony software must qualify as non-profit organizations, and must fax us a copy of their IRS 501(c)3 non-profit determination letter (this is the letter that you would have received from the US Treasury Department confirming your status as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization.