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GitHub services are now completely free for schools

GitHub has announced that they are expanding their offering to teaching-focus institutions by now offering them both GitHub Enterprise and Business Hosted accounts for free in addition to all of the previously available free services.

A special page has gone up on the official GitHub Education website where anyone involved in the adoption of technology at their school can apply. Here’s what approved institutions will gain access to if approved.

  • Free access to GitHub Enterprise or Business Hosted for all of your technical departments
  • Teacher training to master Git and GitHub with our Campus Advisors program
  • Automated access to premium GitHub Education features, like the GitHub Student Developer Pack
  • Exclusive access to new features, and GitHub Education-specific swag

Microsoft recently announced that it would be acquiring GitHub for $7.5 billion in stock. No explicit connection between this acquisition and this change in GitHub Education services has been made but it’s hard not to think there is one given Microsoft’s strong contributions to the education sector.

Do you think offering these services for free is a good idea? Let us know why or why not in the comments below.

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