You don’t necessarily need to be a computer science college graduate to get a job as a software developer.
But becoming a college student is all the more enticing when you realize that there are hundreds of heavily discounted and software freebies for the taking, including the GitHub Student Developer Pack.
Organized by the world’s premiere site for sharing open-source code, the GitHub Student Developer Pack includes dozens of software freebies, ranging from free cloud hosting to enterprise-level IDEs from JetBrains. There are thousands of dollars worth of perks in this bundle, all free of charge for students.
So what are the actual requirements to be eligible for the GitHub Student Developer Pack? You need to be 13 or older, enrolled in a degree or diploma granting course of study and have a school (i.e. .edu) email address. That’s pretty much it.
There are no minimum credits or courses required, and you don’t even have to be a computer science major. In fact, you don’t even need to be in college! You could be in high school and be eligible to enjoy the benefits of this pack. Just be ready to prove your enrollment status with a student ID or other official proof of enrollment.
Once you confirm your email and GitHub knows you’re a human student and not a brain-eating mycelium from Mars, you’re ready to start enjoying things.
I won’t go over all the details of every company, but here are a few of those participating:
Bitnami: Business plan ($49/month for non-students) for one year
DigitalOcean: $50 in platform credit for new users
Namecheap: One year SSL certificate (normally $9/year) along with one year domain name registration on the .me TLD (normally $18.99/year
Stripe: Waived transaction fees on first $1000 in revenue processed
SendGrid: Student plan: 15K free emails/month (normally limited to 200 free emails/day) while you’re a student
Travis CI: Private builds (normally $69/month) while you’re a student
Unreal Engine: Unreal Engine while you’re a student
If you’re a student and interested in software development, the GitHub Student Developer Pack is an insane deal.
If you’re not a student, enrolling in a course or two at your community college may be worth it just for this benefit! Either way, the perks for students seem to be getting better every year in the software world, and while this pack is likely the ultimate collection of freebies, there are many more companies that offer reduced or free products and services, too. It definitely pays to do your research.