Teaching and learning credits

Eligibility

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  • United States

    The Google Cloud Teaching & Learning program provides credits for verified faculty and students within regionally-accredited programs in the United States:

    • Faculty who are currently teaching courses at regionally-accredited higher education institutions.
    • Students that who are currently enrolled in courses at regionally-accredited higher education institutions.

    In rare instances, you may not see your school listed on the verification application form as an eligible institution. If this is the case, you can request to add your school using this form.

  • Countries outside the United States

    The Google Cloud Teaching & Learning program provides credits for verified faculty and students at higher learning institutions and universities that can award degrees and that are located in a country listed below:

    Faculty members must be currently teaching courses and students must be enrolled in courses in order to be eligible.

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Canada
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malaysia
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    In rare instances, you may not see your school listed on the verification application form as an eligible institution. If this is the case, you can request to add your school using this form.

    If our programs are not available in your country, please express interest here.

About the program

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  • What are the qualification requirements for the Google Cloud Platform credits program?

    The Google Cloud Teaching & Learning program provides credits for verified faculty and students within regionally-accredited programs in the United States. Outside of the US, the program provides credits for faculty and students at higher learning institutions and universities that award degrees in the countries listed above. The program does not support for-profit institutions.

    As the program grows, we hope to expand to other countries.

  • When can Google Cloud Platform credits be used?

    Google Cloud Platform credits can be used for 12 months after initial credit issuance.

  • Is there a limitation on what these credits can be used for?

    Yes. The credits can be used for most products in Google Cloud Platform. The credits can also be used for Maps Platform products. The credits must be used in your capacity as either faculty or student at your educational institution. The credits cannot be for commercial or personal use. It is the intent of the program that credits are used by students to learn about how to use the cloud. Students should be able to access Google Cloud resources themselves.

    There is also a limit to the number of projects and CPUs a user can have. Please contact us at cloudedugrants@google.com if you need an increase in the number of projects. Most other quotas can be increased by following the instructions here. Project and CPU quota requests are subject to availability and may not be available for all projects.

    GCP credits may not be used to engage in mining cryptocurrency. Please note that credits are awarded at Google's discretion. Google reserves the right to not grant credit awards, revoke credit awards, and to change the qualifying criteria at any time.

    By default, GPUs are not enabled for projects, but you can request them following the instructions here. GPUs requests are subject to availability and may not be available for all projects.

  • What can I do with $50 in Google Cloud Platform?

    As of 12 June 2020, $50 USD will give 2 months of an n1-standard-1 machine with a 20 GiB persistent disk running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But, typically, cloud resources only need to be active when they are in use — so for classwork, you can get more, such as:

    •        An f1-micro instance running 4 hours a day, 7 days a week costs approximately $1 USD a month (the first instance of an f1-micro is free as part of the Free Tier).
    •        100 GB of persistent disk costs approximately $4 USD a month.
    •        Label detection of 1,000 images using the Vision API cost approximately $1.50 USD (with the first 1,000 free as part of the Free Tier).
    •        Speech to text transcription costs approximately $1.50 for 60 minutes (with the first 60 minutes each month free as part of the Free Tier).
    •        Translation of one million characters costs approximately $20 USD. This fee is prorated for the actual number of characters translated.
    •        App Engine provides numerous resources in its Free Tier for no cost per month.
    •        1 TB of queries in BigQuery costs $5 (the first 1Tb per month is free as part of the Free Tier).

    For more details and current prices, see the Google Cloud Platform Pricing Calculator.

Application process

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  • How do I apply for the Google Cloud Platform credits program?

    Apply for credits for your courses as a faculty member

    If faculty members want to manage credits on behalf of students in their academic courses, eligible faculty can use our online form to apply for Google Cloud credits for students to give them real, hands-on experience with Google Cloud Platform. It is the intent of the program that the credits are used by students to learn about how to use the cloud.

  • How long will it take for my application to be reviewed and approved?

    For teaching credits, it may take up to 14 business days for your application to be processed. If you have applied for Google Cloud credits through the program before, the team may take your previous credit usage into account when reviewing your application. For a faster review time, please be sure to include information about your course, which Google Cloud tools students will use, and how the credits will be used by students in the course when you are applying. You may be contacted by our team to discuss your application to ensure we have all of the needed information to make a decision. Be sure you can receive email from CloudEduGrants@google.com (the email may be filtered into your junk or spam folder, so please mark the email address as safe).

Credits and coupon administration

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  • Do I need to enter any credit card information to redeem these credits in Google Cloud Platform?

    No. If you are prompted for credit card information, you are likely using the Free Trial instead of the credits program.

    For more information, check out the Receiving and Redeeming Coupons guide.

  • What is the value of the credit which we will be receiving?

    Credit will have a value of $100 USD for faculty members and $50 for students.

  • If I already applied the credit to an account, can I apply it to a different account instead?

    No, once you apply the credit to an account, you cannot transfer the coupon to a different account. However, you can fund projects in another account using the Billing Account created from the coupon. Here's a link for further information on modifying Billing Accounts for a project and a guide on Troubleshooting Account Issues.

  • What if I run out of credits?

    If you are a student enrolled in a course that requires the use of GCP and you do not have any credit remaining, please have your professor teaching the course email us at CloudEduGrants@google.com to request additional credit on your behalf.

    Google reserves the right to not grant credits and change the criteria for granting credits at any time.

    Information is available about creating billing alerts and tracking usage in this document.

  • Will all of the credit be available to use within Google Cloud Platform once the credit is redeemed?

    Yes, the full credit value will be available.

  • What happens when all of the credits I have in Google Cloud Platform are used up?

    Nothing specifically occurs other than you will no longer be able to use Google Cloud Platform. VMs that are running will be stopped. Storage, including VM disks, will exist for 30 days and then be removed. For more detailed information, please see the documentation located here for the Free Trial program as the experience will be the same.

  • Will Google Cloud credits offset my existing balance due from compute workloads I have already performed?

    No. Google Cloud credits are not retroactive. Unless you are planning to use your regular payment method, please do not perform any workloads before your Google Cloud credit is actually reflected in your account and the project is using the billing account associated with the credits.

Other questions

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  • I can’t access Google Cloud Platform with my school account. What might be the issue?

    There are two potential issues:

    You need a Google account to access Google Cloud Platform. If your school address is not part of Google Workspace for Education, use a Gmail account. If you do not have one, please go to this site to create a Gmail account.

    If your school is on a Google Workspace for Education domain, the Google Developer Console needs to be turned on by the IT Administrator for your Google Workspace domain. Please reference this site for instructions. If your administrators will not turn on Developer options, you can use Gmail addresses to access GCP.

    Check out the guide to Enable GCP on your Google Workspace Domain.

  • How can I get started? What resources are available?

    Visit our Student Training and Faculty Training pages for more information about credits, training including Coursera and Qwiklabs credits, case studies, and resources.

  • What is the difference between the Google Cloud Platform credits program and the Google Cloud Platform Free Trial Program?

    The Google Cloud Platform credits program was designed to meet the specific needs of higher education users and does not require a credit card to sign up. This limits issues with overspending and makes it easier to get started.

  • What is the best way to manage/view each student's work?

    Students can add professors as an Owner on a project they have created in GCP under the IAM section (follow these instructions).

    You may also want to check out the guide for Billing and Team Projects, as well as a guide for Debugging Student Problems.

  • Who should I contact if I have any questions?

    For any additional questions, please contact CloudEduGrants@google.com. Please check your spam folder and enable access from our email alias CloudEduGrants@google.com through your email settings if you do not receive a confirmation email for your application within 24 hours (i.e. unmark email address from spam list). This ensures all notifications and program updates are communicated to each applicant.

Faculty managing student credits directly

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  • How do I apply for the Google Cloud Platform credits program?

    Faculty members can apply through our online form.

  • What is the deadline date for applications?

    We will accept applications on an ongoing basis. However, we will not approve courses that begin more than one calendar year from the date of your application.

  • If approved, what are the next steps to get the credits for the program?

    If approved, the faculty member will receive two notifications by email, one for the student credits and one for the TA and staff credits. We highly recommend that professors redeem the staff and TA coupon codes immediately to ensure there are no issues.

    Student Credits: The email regarding student credits will contain a URL where students can request a coupon code (limit is one per student email address). It is the responsibility of the faculty member to distribute the URL to the students so they can request a coupon.

    Staff and TA Credits: The email regarding staff and TA credits will contain the actual coupon codes. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to distribute the coupon codes to whomever needs them. A person may redeem up to three coupons per course and they must be used for the course which they applied for.

  • Can a faculty member apply for more than one credit under the Google Cloud Platform credits program to cover multiple classes/groups?

    Yes. Each course needs its own submission so we can review the information about the course. A faculty member can combine multiple sections of the same course in one term in a single request. If a faculty member would like separate student URLs for the different course sections, we advise you to submit each section as its own course. A faculty member can submit up to 3 courses on a single application.

  • When can students start accessing the URL to get coupons?

    Coupons can be requested from the URL as soon as it’s provided to you. As a reminder, TA and staff coupons are provided directly as part of the approval email.

  • For how long can the coupons be redeemed (e.g. claimed for credit in Google Cloud Platform)?

    Coupons can be redeemed up to 16 weeks after the start date of a course as indicated on the application form.

  • How long do the credits last?

    The credits will be available for use in your Google Cloud Platform account for 12 months after the start date of a course as indicated on the application form.

  • How many coupons can be redeemed by one person?

    Any single user can only redeem up to three coupon codes per course. In addition, students can only request one coupon code per course. Faculty members who need additional coupons for students can contact the GCP EDU Grant Team for assistance at CloudEduGrants@google.com.

  • What if a student runs out of money in their GCP account from their redeemed coupon?

    There is a retrieval limit of one coupon per student per course (the URL will not allow a student to download any further coupons). The student will need to contact the faculty member administering the course to have them obtain a second coupon from the URL directly, or request a second coupon from the GCP credits program team by emailing CloudEduGrants@google.com.

    Check out this guide for more information on Monitoring Billing Accounts.

  • My student can't create projects using their school email address.

    Students will need a school-branded email address that contains your school’s domain in order to receive a coupon. This helps to ensure that only students from your school—and not simply anyone with the credits program URL—are accessing your coupons.

    Once students have received a coupon, they can apply it to any Google account (which may be a Gmail or Google Workspace for Education account). Students can use this account to log in to the Cloud Console and access the cloud.

    In some cases, these two accounts are the same. For example, if you're at a Google Workspace for Education school, the student email address is already a Google account, and so it can be used to log into the Cloud Console. However, your Google Workspace for Education administrator will have to turn on the Google Developer Console for students. This can be found within Additional Google services. If you are not sure that this option has been turned on, it is much safer to use a Gmail account.

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