Adobe Volume Licensing for Education Organisations

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Adobe Value Incentive Plan (VIP)

What is the Adobe Value Incentive Plan?

VIP is the subscription-based licensing program that gives your faculty, staff, and students access to Creative Cloud applications for design, web, video, and photography — all right on the desktop — plus seamless ways to share and collaborate through access to online services*.

Gain fast, easy access

It’s simple to sign up through XMA Viglen and provide everyone easy, immediate access to their software.

Buy only what you need

You can purchase the complete set of creative apps or just a single one, with or without services. To support institutions of all sizes, VIP has no minimum purchase requirement.

License an individual or a computer

Named-user licenses provide individuals access to creative apps on an institution-owned computer, while device licenses are perfect for your classroom, computer lab, or training environment.

Always up to date

Licenses include updates to Creative Cloud apps as soon as they’re released, so your students and faculty will always have the latest creative tools and features. You decide when to deploy these updates to match your academic requirements.

* Services not available for device licenses.

Program details
Eligible products Adobe® Creative Cloud™ for education
Complete membership plan
Single app membership plan
See our Licensing Overview for complete list of tools and services
Agreement Term 1 year subscription
License type Named-user licenses
Device licenses
Minimum initial purchase requirement No initial purchase required
Web-based license tool Admin Console and Creative Cloud Packager
Volume discount basis Transactional discounting (volume discount for each single order of 50 seats or more)
Access to feature releases Included
Online enrollment Online enrollment via XMA Viglen
Region availability Worldwide**

** Not available in countries where laws or other restrictions prevent Adobe from offering the program.

VIP Program Summary

Education customers are offered two licensing types: named-user license for use by an individual and device license for use on a classroom or lab computer.

Creative Cloud for education
Small workgroups and departments Classrooms and labs
Named-user licensing Device licensing
Named-user license complete plan
Named-user license single app plan
Device license complete plan
Device license single app plan
Licenses for each individual user Licenses for each computer, rather than each user
Creative Cloud online services included Creative Cloud online services and storage not included
Two installs per license One install per license

How to enroll
Institutions enroll in VIP by contacting XMA Viglen and providing the following information:

  • Market segment (Commercial or Government)
  • Institution name
  • Address
  • Contact person’s name
  • Contact person’s email address

The contact person listed will receive an email from Adobe prompting the contact to read and accept the legal terms and conditions of the VIP program. Once the terms and conditions have been accepted, the institution is assigned a VIP Number and is given administrative access to the Admin Console.

Transactional discounting

VIP Members who purchase in volume may receive a discount* based on the total number of licenses in each given transaction. Transactional discounts are per-transaction only; orders cannot be combined to meet the minimum licenses required to achieve a discount. At this time, purchases of named-user and device licenses will be recognized as separate orders; therefore, they cannot be combined to achieve a higher VIP discount level.

Level Minimum Licenses
1 1–49
2 50–249
3 250–999
4 1000+
Qualifying licenses

All licenses purchased through VIP on any single order qualify toward the minimum license requirement.

Membership term

Once a member is enrolled in the VIP program, their membership remains effective until such time when the member chooses to leave the program by giving a 30-day notice of cancellation, Adobe terminates the program, or Adobe terminates the membership due to a breach of program terms and conditions. The program terms and conditions are subject to change at any time. Members will be presented with updated terms and conditions the next time they log in if there are any changes.

Further information
VIP Program Guide

Adobe Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA)

What is the Adobe Education Enterprise Agreement ?

The Adobe Education Enterprise Agreement offers substantial savings to primary and secondary schools* on volume software purchases of Creative Cloud apps and other Adobe software. EEA provides schools access to feature releases and updates for the products licensed over the EEA term.

* Higher education institutions are no longer eligible to sign up for EEA.

Ease of purchase

Three pricing tiers are available to accommodate different types of institutions from a single school site to a large legal entity responsible for multiple schools.

Simplify license management and compliance

Easily manage software licenses through Adobe's password-protected Licensing Website (LWS).

Access to the latest Adobe features

Stay current on Adobe products with access to the latest feature releases with Adobe’s unique Creative Cloud Packager (CCP) deployment management tool.

Access to additional creative products

In addition to Creative Cloud apps, your institution can license optional creative products bundled specific to the needs of primary and secondary schools.

Program details
Minimum initial purchase requirement Small schools: 20 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Large schools: 70 FTE
Legal entity*: 300 FTE
Agreement term One- or two-year agreement
License type Team-based license
Eligible products Creative Cloud apps without services
Optional add-on bundles:
Adobe Presenter and Captivate Adobe Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements
See Program Guide for full list of products
Volume discount basis Based on total FTE faculty and staff in primary and secondary schools
Online enrollment Available — Enrol now
Web-based license tool Adobe Licensing Website and Creative Cloud Packager
Region availability Worldwide

* Legal entity: A legal entity having responsibility for the procurement and contract management of multiple primary and secondary schools (for example: district, county, state, or other government agency).

Available products

Adobe products available under EEA include Creative Cloud apps and optional add-on bundles of specific Adobe products frequently used by primary and secondary schools. Access to feature releases and updates for applicable products is a benefit of EEA and is included in the licensing fee however Creative Cloud services are not available under EEA.
Creative Cloud apps and any optional add-on bundles must include the total full-time equivalent (FTE) defined during enrollment.

Creative Cloud apps
Adobe Acrobat Pro Adobe Flash Professional CC
Adobe After Effects CC Adobe Gaming SDK
Adobe Audition CC Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Bridge CC Adobe InCopy CC
Adobe Dreamweaver CC Adobe InDesign CC
Adobe Edge Animate CC Adobe Media Encoder CC
Adobe Edge Code CC Adobe Muse CC
Adobe Edge Reflow CC Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Encore Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe ExtendScript Toolkit CC Adobe Prelude CC
Adobe Extension Manager CC Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe Fireworks Adobe Scout CC
Adobe Flash Builder Adobe SpeedGrade CC
Optional add-on bundles: Bundle 1: Adobe Presenter and Captivate
Bundle 2: Adobe Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements

Educational institutions and legal entities that wish to enroll in EEA must:

  • Agree to the EEA terms and conditions and complete the online enrollment process
  • Receive an EEA enrollment confirmation and EEA Agreement Number via email from Adobe
  • Meet the minimum FTE requirement for the institution or legal entity designated during enrollment
  • Have 100% FTE coverage of qualified faculty and staff of the defined primary or secondary school, or for all primary and secondary schools under the legal entity
  • Order term licenses for EEA-eligible products through XMA Viglen
    Total FTE
  • The entire EEA term selected during enrollment
Full-time equivalent coverage
Qualifying faculty and staff

All employees who work more than 200 hours a year make up the FTE count; however, exclusions include non-knowledge workers such as maintenance personnel, bus drivers, cleaning staff, and cafeteria workers. The following do not qualify toward the institution’s FTE count:

  • Students
  • Alumni
  • Workers who have been hired on a contractual basis for services either on or off campus (individuals not directly employed by the education institution covered)
  • Retired faculty and staff
  • Education conference attendees
  • Visitors
Calculating Total FTE

Use the below equation to calculate the institution’s Total FTE and determine the appropriate discount tier. The calculation includes full-time faculty and staff (considered as one unit each), part-time faculty (considered as one-third of a unit each), and part-time staff (considered as one-half of a unit each).

Full-time faculty + (part-time faculty ÷ 3) + full-time staff + (part-time staff ÷ 2) = Total

If the Total FTE ends with a fractional component, the number rounds to the next unit. For example, 100.5 FTE units would round to 101 Total FTE.
Example: The enrolling institution has 400 full-time faculty, 300 part-time faculty, 200 full-time staff, and 100 part-time staff. Calculate the Total FTE as follows:
400 + (300 ÷ 3) + 200 + (100 í 2) = 750 FTEs
This institution qualifies for a Tier 3 discount.

Discount tiers

The institution establishes their discount tier at the time of enrollment by calculating the total FTE of all full-time and part-time faculty and staff employed within the school(s). All discount tiers require 100% coverage of their respective institution type. The discount tier will remain in effect for the duration of the EEA term.

Tier Institution type Minimum FTE Required coverage
1 Small school 20 – 69 100% coverage of the defined school
2 Large school 70+ 100% coverage of the defined school
3 Legal entity 300+ 100% coverage of all schools under the legal entity

A legal entity with less than 300 FTE is still eligible to participate at the 300 FTE level. For example, if the legal entity has an FTE of 257, it may participate in the EEA program at the minimum 300 FTE level by using 300 as their FTE count upon enrollment and placing a purchase for the 300 FTE minimum.

Student access

Products licensed under an EEA are only available on institution owned or leased computers. If products are installed on institution-owned or leased computers used by students under the age of 13, the institution is responsible for ensuring, upon installation, that it opts out of sending Adobe product usage data. The institution shall be responsible for all acts and omissions of students who use the products.

Work at home

The EEA program does not include work at home rights.

Backward licensing

Adobe typically allows customers to order a current-version license but use one version prior only. When using an earlier version, the customer must follow all guidelines of the current-version EULA. Media, documentation, and/or support for older product versions may no longer be available.

Cross-language licensing

Licenses sold in a specific language grant use rights to that language. Licenses sold with the designation of “All” as their language do allow customers to deploy the product in any language they choose.
Exceptions to the conditions above may apply when the customer has access to feature releases as part of the product license and a new or updated version of their product is not available in the originally licensed language, or a new local language is made available. In these instances, Adobe will communicate what cross-language rights may apply.

Cross-platform licensing

Customers receive product serial numbers that support both Windows and Mac deployments as long as the product is available for both Windows and Mac. Customers can choose to use either platform as long as the total number of licenses being used does not exceed the number purchased or specifically licensed per their agreement with Adobe.

For a detailed explanation of all qualified educational institutions, please see below:
The Adobe EEA 1.5 program is available only to primary and secondary schools that meet the appropriate educational institution qualifications defined below:

  1. Qualified Educational Institutions
    The following is a non-exhaustive list of qualified educational institutions under EEA 1.5:
    1. Accredited (by official accrediting entities) public or private primary or secondary school providing full-time instruction
    2. Named educational institutions approved by Adobe, only if individual named entities are approved by Adobe in writing
  2. Non-Qualified Educational Institutions
    The following is a non-exhaustive list of entities that are not qualified educational institutions under EEA 1.5:
    1. Non-accredited schools
    2. Museums or libraries
    3. Hospitals wholly owned and operated by an otherwise qualified educational institution
    4. Churches or religious organizations that are not accredited schools
    5. Vocational training centers or schools granting certificates for courses such as computer software training or job training that are not accredited schools or that grant degrees requiring less than the equivalent of two years of full-time study
    6. Military schools that do not grant academic degrees
    7. Research laboratories
    8. Public or private university or college (including community, junior, or vocational college)
    9. Cooperative associations composed of multiple qualifying and unaffiliated educational institutions that join the cooperative association by enrolling; executing a written, legal agreement; or otherwise being qualified by the cooperative association as a member (each a consortium member) with the primary purpose of creating and/or managing volume-driven procurement/licensing agreements on behalf of its consortium members

Adobe Cumulative Licensing Program (CLP)

What is the Cumulative Licensing Program?

Designed to benefit medium to large institutions, CLP is a two-year membership program that offers significant savings on volume purchases of Adobe products and simplifies software administration.

Save big from the start

Get a significant discount on your initial order plus the same or better discount on subsequent qualified orders.
The number of points in your initial order indicate the discount level at which you will begin your membership term. In addition, you can also increase your discount level during your membership as you place more orders and reach the next level’s points minimum. Point values refer to education versions only; contact XMA Viglen for details.
Discount Level 1:   5,000 points
Discount Level 2:   50,000 points
Discount Level 3:   100,000 points

(One point is equivalent to approximately one U.S. dollar.)

Gain and maintain control

Easily track and manage software licenses through Adobe’s password-protected Licensing Website (LWS).

Turn points into savings

Every qualified order accumulates points. As your point total increases, so do your potential savings.

Simplify with a single serial number

Orders of the same product, version, and platform share a single serial number for simplified installation and tracking.

Program details
Minimum initial purchase requirement 5,000 points*
Agreement term Two-year agreement
License type Perpetual license
Eligible products Adobe Acrobat and select perpetual desktop products
Volume discount basis Cumulative discounts throughout two-year agreement
Adobe support services Optional
Upgrade/Maintenance coverage Upgrade Plan optional for eligible perpetual products*
Online enrollment Available — Enrol now
Web-based license tool Adobe Licensing Website
Region availability Worldwide

* Contact XMA Viglen for a list of products eligible for Upgrade Plan

Upgrade Plan

As a CLP member, you also have the option to purchase upgrade coverage through Upgrade Plan for most of your Adobe perpetual software licenses*. By investing in Upgrade Plan, your organization can more efficiently manage software upgrades and achieve budget predictability.
Upgrade Plan enables you to purchase any future upgrades of your licensed software that are released during your Upgrade Plan term at a percentage of the license price. Upgrade Plan is offered per product, so you can cover one or all of your eligible Adobe software licenses. Not only does this coverage save your organization money, but it also provides automatic update notifications as well as timely access to the latest product versions available to perpetual product license customers. In addition, Upgrade Plan purchases contribute to the cumulative point total of your CLP membership to maximize your overall discount level.
Upgrade Plan membership runs concurrently with your CLP term, so your organization can enroll in and renew both programs at the same time. Upgrade Plan coverage is prorated in three-month increments to minimize payment for unnecessary coverage. For example, if 13 months into your CLP membership you purchase 25 perpetual licenses of Adobe Acrobat software with Upgrade Plan, your Upgrade Plan coverage begins on the day the order is completed, and you qualify for the 12-month Upgrade Plan option. As an added benefit, during the first three months of your membership, you may purchase Upgrade Plan separately for any current version of eligible Adobe software licenses acquired before you became a CLP member, ensuring all your Adobe software has the same comprehensive coverage while eliminating the need to track software updates and membership expiration dates separately.

* Not all Adobe products offered through CLP are available for Upgrade Plan coverage.

Backward licensing policy

Adobe allows program members to order a current-version license but use a prior version. These members can contact Adobe Customer Service to request a serial number for the earlier version if they do not already have one. Prior-version software is available via ESD and can be purchased through standard resellers. The program member must follow all guidelines of the current-version EULA.
Note: This policy is applicable under the TLP and Forms Licensing Program (FLP) as well.

Cross-language licensing

Licenses sold in a specific language grant use rights limited to that language. Program members do not have the right to deploy a product in a language other than that which was licensed. Licenses sold with the designation of “All” as their language do allow program members to deploy the product in any language they choose. Exceptions to these conditions may apply when program members have active Upgrade Plan coverage and the new version of their product is not available in the originally licensed language or a new local language is made available. In these instances, Adobe will communicate which cross-language rights may apply.

Cross-platform licensing

Adobe Buying Programs customers receive product serial numbers for both Windows and Mac OS as long as the product is available for both and the two platforms are the same version. Program members can choose to use either platform, as long as the total number of licenses being used does not exceed the number purchased.
Further Information
CLP Program overview

Adobe Transactional Licensing Program (TLP)

What is the Transactional Licensing Program?

Designed to help educational institutions save time and resources, TLP offers volume purchase benefits without membership requirements or long-term agreements.

Gain and maintain control

Easily track and manage software licenses through Adobe's password-protected Licensing Website (LWS).

Save money

Why buy retail software when you can qualify to get the same products at a lower price and with additional benefits? For every eligible TLP 5 order of new or upgrade Adobe software licenses, or of Upgrade Plan, you receive points. Your discount level is based on the total point value of each volume license order placed. The more licenses you acquire in a single transaction, the more opportunity you have to save on the entire order. It’s that simple.

Simplify deployment and compliance

Get a single serial number per product and platform to streamline deployment and help ensure license compliance.

Program details
Minimum initial purchase requirement One license
Agreement term No agreement
License type Perpetual license
Web-based license tool Adobe Licensing Website
Eligible products Select Adobe and select perpetual desktop products
Volume discount basis Same as education retail pricing
Adobe support services Optional
Upgrade/Maintenance coverage Upgrade Plan optional
Online enrollment Not applicable
Region availability Worldwide
Upgrade Plan

As an Adobe Buying Programs customer, your institution is eligible to buy upgrade coverage for your Adobe perpetual licenses. Upgrade Plan gives you immediate access to most product upgrades for the length of your coverage period at a fixed cost per licensed product, allowing you to save money, efficiently manage your software upgrades, and achieve better budget predictability.
Further Information
TLP Program