Software for Students

There are several different resources for students who need software at free or reduced prices.

Please read the following information carefully, as different programs that are available will have different requirements.

College Buys

CollegeBuys, powered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges, offers discounts of up to 85% on a wide range of educational products. Students at any California community college are able to purchase Microsoft Office and Adobe products for discounted prices.

Google Apps

Los Rios has partnered with Google to provide Los Rios students with a free email service. Part of this service includes access to Google Apps.

Google Apps is a suite of Google applications that gives you tools for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.

Get Office 365 for free

It’s not a trial! Students and teachers are eligible for Office 365 Education, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools.

All you need to get started is to enter a valid school email address.

Microsoft Academic Alliance

A chart showing the process to access software through Microsoft Academic Alliance (Dream Spark).The CIS Department belongs to the Microsoft Academic Alliance (DreamSpark Premium). This program allows SCC students registered in CIS classes to access hundreds of software for use on your home machines free of charge. You must be a registered CIS student to qualify for this program.

  1. Send an email to your CIS professor to request a Microsoft Academic Alliance account.
  2. Your professor will forward the request.
  3. You will receive an e-mail from with your username and a link to the web store. (Note – The e-mail is automatically generated, so check your spam or junk folder to see if you’ve received the e-mail.)
  4. Log in to the web store and add the software to your shopping cart. The first time you visit the store, click “Forgot Username or Password” to set up your password. You can purchase a CD/DVD and pay charges for shipping and handling, or you can download the software online.

The software available under Microsoft Academic Alliance must only be used for non-commercial purposes, including class assignments and personal projects. You may not use the software for any for-profit software development. When you are no longer a registered student at SCC, you may no longer receive updates for your personal computer. However, you may continue to use software already installed on your computer, provided you continue to follow the program guidelines.