Get and Redeem Education Grants

University faculty can apply for Google Cloud Platform Education Grants for their computer science courses. Approved applicants will receive a grant for free credits which their teaching staff and students can use on any Google Cloud Platform product.

How Education Grants work

Education grants work differently depending on whether they're being used in the U.S. or internationally.

U.S. Grants

After a computer science course receives an Education Grant, the faculty member can distribute coupons to students via email. Students use a link in the email to retrieve their coupon code. The code can be used without having to enter credit card information and without worrying about overspending.

Coupons grant a spending allowance as a billing account credit. The credit can be used for a specified duration for all Cloud Platform services. For example, a student might receive a credit in their Cloud Platform billing account for $50 that they can use on projects for their CS200 course for the fall semester.

If a student is taking multiple courses, the credit for each course is tracked separately in the student's Cloud Platform account as a separate billing account named for the course it applies to. If a student needs additional credit before the end of the course, the faculty can distribute more credit to the student (assuming the Education Grant has credit remaining).

At the end of the specified duration, any unused credit expires and the student's course billing account is shut down automatically. A credit may be used only for the course it was issued for.

International Grants

International faculty receive one lump sum grant which covers all the students in their course. The coupon grants a spending allowance as a billing account credit. The credit can be used for a specified duration for all Cloud Platform services. For example, a professor might receive a credit in their Cloud Platform billing account for $5,000 that they can use on projects for teaching their CS200 course for the fall semester. The professor can create projects and assign to their students which will all draw from the same billing account owned by the professor.

If a professor is teaching multiple courses, the credit for each course is tracked separately in the professor’s Cloud Platform account as a separate billing account named for the course it applies to. If a professor needs additional credit before the end of the course, the professor may request additional funding.

At the end of the specified duration, any unused credit expires and the professor’s course billing account is shut down automatically. A credit may be used only for the course it was issued for.

Redeem a coupon

Credits are distributed via email coupons. To redeem a coupon:

  1. In the email coupon, click Redeem now. If you're not already signed in, you'll be prompted to sign in to Google. If you don't have a Google account, you can create one.
  2. The console opens to a confirmation screen. If the coupon code isn't automatically entered, copy the code from the email (where it says Your code) into the console under Coupon code.
  3. Read the terms, then click Accept terms and continue. The credit is added to your account in a billing account named for the course it applies to.
  4. If you have additional credit to redeem, you can do so either by repeating the steps above for each email you've received, or if your account has no remaining credit, you can go to the console Education grants page and enter the coupon code manually.

To learn more about Cloud Platform billing accounts, see Create, Modify, or Close Your Billing Account and related topics. For information about creating new projects in Google Cloud Platform, see Creating and Managing Projects.

Learn more about Google Cloud Platform Education Grants.