Get and redeem education grants

University faculty can apply for Google Cloud 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 product.

How Education Grants work

Beginning on July 3, 2018, education grants are issued the same way in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to July 3, 2018 education grants worked differently depending on whether they were being used in the U.S. or internationally.

U.S. Grants and International Grants (as of July 3, 2018)

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 Cloud Billing account credit. The credit can be used for a specified duration for all Google Cloud services. For example, a student might receive a credit in their Cloud 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 Google Cloud account as a separate Cloud 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 Cloud Billing account is shut down automatically. A credit can be used only for the course it was issued for.

International Grants (prior to July 3, 2018)

International faculty receive one lump sum grant which covers all the students in their course. The coupon grants a spending allowance as a Cloud Billing account credit. The credit can be used for a specified duration for all Google Cloud services. For example, a professor might receive a credit in their Cloud Billing account for $5,000 that they can use on projects for teaching their CS200 course for the fall semester. The professor can create Cloud projects and assign to their students which will all draw from the same Cloud 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 Google Cloud account as a separate Cloud Billing account named for the course it applies to. If a professor needs additional credit before the end of the course, the professor can request additional funding.

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

Redeem a coupon

Credit coupons are distributed by email. You redeem the coupon in the Cloud Console.

  1. To redeem a coupon, open the coupon email and click Redeem now. Alternatively, click the following button to redeem the coupon in the Cloud Console.

    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 Cloud 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 Cloud Console under Coupon code.

  3. If you agree to the terms, click Accept and continue. The credit is added to your account in a Cloud Billing account named for the course it applies to.

  4. If you have additional credit coupons to redeem, you can do so either by repeating the previous steps for each email you've received, or if your account has no remaining credit, you can go to the Education grants page and enter the coupon code manually.

    Go to Education grants

To learn more about Cloud Billing accounts, see Create, modify, or close your Cloud Billing account and related topics.

For information about creating new Cloud projects, see Creating and managing Cloud projects.

Learn more about Google Cloud Education Grants.