Amazon Web Services: What is AWS Educate and how do I sign up?

What is AWS Educate?

The initiative provides educators and students with resources for learning to work with Amazon Web Services.

What are the benefits?

Princeton University is a member institution of AWS Educate. Registered Princeton members receive twice as many AWS credits, demos, and offers on training.  Professors, teaching assistants, and educators receive access to AWS technology, open source content for their courses, training resources, and a community of cloud evangelists.  Students receive credits for hands-on experience with AWS technology, training, content, career pathways, and job board.

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AWS Credits (annually renewable)

  • $200 in AWS credits per educator
  • AWS Educate Starter Account: $75 in credits

AWS Training

  •  Free access to labs
  •  Free AWS Technical Essentials eLearning course
  •  50% off instructor-led training provided by AWS in the United States, Brazil or Japan
  •  50% off AWS certification exams
  • Access to AWS Technical Essentials Training Course (a $600 value)
  • Free access to labs

Curated Content

  • Free access to AWS content for classes
  • Free access to content contributed by leading educators
  • Ability to select personalized learning pathway with 30+ hours of content per path
  • Earn digital badges that showcase cloud skills
  • Free access to AWS content for homework, labs, or self-study

Collaboration Tools

  • Educator Collaboration Portal access
  • Virtual and in-person events
  • Contribute and rate content
  • Private and public discussion forums
  • Provide feedback on AWS Educate
  • Student Portal access
  • Student portfolio to store projects in one place
  • Access to Job Board and job postings

How do I sign up?

Apply at:

Note: One of the required fields in the application form is the AWS Account ID.  If you do not yet have an AWS Account ID, see Knowledge Article KB0010151: Amazon Web Services: How do I sign up without using a credit card? and KB0010149, Amazon Web Services: Account FAQs for Princeton's Enterprise Agreement (EA).


It is possible for students (but not instructors) to sign up for an AWS Educate “Starter” account without using a credit card.  When you register, you just need to select the radio button for the starter account rather than creating a standard account.  Once you run out of credits, your starter account will be disabled/deleted.  So you need to make sure that your data is backed up.


Here is a useful FAQ:

Frequently Asked Questions:

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