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I've been tempted to enroll in a .5 credit hour class at a local community college so I could qualify for Microsoft's student discounts, but I was curious if anyone is aware of any discounts for Alumni of MS-partnered schools? I've still got a valid student ID :-D

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Another option to getting large amounts of software at a cheap cost is buying a TechNet subscription. TechNet provides you with access to many Microsoft products, all fully licensed, but with some additional restrictions. $349 for the first year, and $249 for renewals.

This may end up being cheaper than enrolling at your college, I don't know what the tuition is there. Regardless, it pays for itself if you use it enough.

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It's a good idea; I actually already have a TechNet subscription and have considered extending it, but was hoping to get Visual Studio too--then again the VS2010 beta is meeting my needs and I can always fall back to Express if needed. –  STW Aug 11 '09 at 17:39
    
The TechNet is a great option if you want many pieces of software. –  Troggy Aug 11 '09 at 18:52
    
Far cheaper than class. –  surfasb Sep 16 '11 at 11:56

Microsoft Dreamspark and MSDN Academic Alliance are the two main student discounts available from Microsoft.

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Yeah, Dreamspark and the Ultimate Steal are the two programs I'd like to get into. Just was hopeful I wouldn't have to take a BS class just to save a couple grand. –  STW Aug 11 '09 at 17:29

I don't think you're entitled to student discounts just because you were once in a school.

Just buy the student edition anyway, most retailers don't care. Just don't use it for profit.

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I suppose if you have your id, you could get some discounts, but you're borderline cheating the system. Some schools require more credits or even a computer related class to access things like the MSDN alliance and further student software programs.

Also, there is the option of being.....you know....legit and buying the normal version.

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The Microsoft legalese requires me to be an active student enrolled in .5 credit hours--if they find out I'm not then they'll bill me the difference. I'm not willing to pay the retail for most of their offered products--I don't think they're worth the asking price. –  STW Aug 11 '09 at 17:28

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