Free Adobe for students, in wake of coronavirus pandemic


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Adobe is offering its Creative Cloud to universities affected by campus closures.

Claire Beaudry, Reporter

Due to the coronavirus pandemic closing college campuses nationwide, Adobe will be providing free Creative Cloud to universities for the remainder of the semester, including Lindenwood University.

A majority of students in the school of Arts, Media and Communication, among other schools, have classes that require Adobe programs. However, without access to labs or classrooms, students would need to pay for a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, which is $20 a month, to complete classwork.

Lindenwood University has an enterprise license with Adobe, managed by Lindenwood Information Technology. 

“This is a temporary arrangement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is only offered to higher-education institutions with an existing lab campus-agreement,” TJ Rains, the Vice President for Information Technology, said.

Rains said students can download Creative Cloud on their personal devices for use until May 31. After the free trial is over, it will not switch over to a paid subscription.

The offer is good for all students, Rain said.

How to download Adobe Creative Cloud

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Sign In” in the upper right corner.
  3. Use your email to sign in
  4. Open Creative Cloud and install course-specific programs.

If students have trouble downloading Creative Cloud, they can contact the Lindenwood IT Helpdesk by calling (636)-255-5100 or emailing [email protected].