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There’s no substitute for hands-on experience, but for most students, real-world tools can be quite expensive. That’s why GitHub created the GitHub Student Developer Pack to give students free access to the best developer tools in one place so they can learn by doing.

In this article, I’d take you through:

Let’s roll :)

What is GitHub Student Developer Pack?

GitHub Education offers students real-world experience with free access to various developer tools from GitHub’s partners.

This pack gives you free access to various tools that world-class developers use. The pack currently contains 23 tools ranging from Data Science, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, APIs, Integrated Development Environments, Version Control Systems, Cloud Hosting Platforms, Code tutorials, BootCamps, Continous Integration platforms, payment platforms and lots more.

Contents of the pack

algolia.com

https://atom.io/

https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/

https://bitnami.com/

https://carto.com/

https://www.datadoghq.com/

https://digitalocean.com/

https://flatironschool.com/

https://github.com

https://desktop.github.com/

https://www.gitkraken.com/

https://www.gitkraken.com/glo

https://herokuapp.com

https://jetbrains.com/

https://namecheap.com

https://sendgrid.com

https://sentry.io/welcome/

https://stripe.com/

https://taplytics.com/

https://www.thinkful.com/

https://www.transifex.com/

https://travis-ci.org/

https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/what-is-unreal-engine-4

This is all the current contents of the pack. More would be added frequently as GitHub gets more partner companies.

If your company produces developer tools and wants to be included in the Pack, pass us a note to GitHub and get it added to the pack.

Terms and Conditions

To be eligible for the GitHub Student Developer Pack, you must:

How to apply for the pack

If you meet the above requirements, you can apply for the GitHub Student Developer Pack, which includes offers and benefits from GitHub partners.

[1]. Visit the application website

[2]. Verification process

There are two ways to verify your student status, a verifiable school-issued email address or school documents that prove your current student status e.g (Admission letter, Departmental receipts, Faculty letters, School grants receipts and others)

Selecting a school-issued email address, if you have one, gives you the best chance of a speedy review. Although the second method takes a little more time, it would still get verified. If you reside in Nigeria and attend a Federal or State University, you would have to consider the second method otherwise you can use the first.

PDF files are not supported, and you cannot upload them as proof of academic status. Upload in image format (e.g .png, .jpg, .jpeg)

This is just to check if you truly know the worth of the pack. Briefly state what you need the pack for and how you would use it.

If your application is approved, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Applications are usually processed within a few days, but it may take longer during peak times, such as during the start of a new semester. I got mine within 32 hours :)

Expiration and renewals

Once your GitHub Student Developer Pack access expires, you may reapply if you’re still eligible, although some of the tools are not renewable as some GitHub partner offers cannot be renewed. For more information, see the GitHub Student Developer Pack page.

To see when your free access to the GitHub Student Developer Pack expires, visit your account’s billing settings.

Conclusion

The GitHub Student Developer Pack helps you as a student to ship software like a pro. Ensure you learn by doing, use these tools to improve and advance your skills. Be creative, these tools would allow you to build and develop the future at no cost, build brilliant innovations and make the world better.

For more information about the pack, check here

Thank you for reading!

Reference

All guides used in this post were gotten from GitHub Education