Student Advantage: Your next steps on how to get Office 365 ProPlus at no additional licensing cost!


With Student Advantage, your school can enable all your students to have the full Microsoft Office software for personal use, at no additional licensing cost­*.

This is a benefit of the Ministry of Education’s agreement with Microsoft, where every state and integrated school in New Zealand is eligible to get Office 365 ProPlus software for your students.   

Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and offers the ability for these to be locally installed on up to five devices and available offline. This also includes Office for Mac and Office for iPad.

To enable your students to get Office software for their personal use, the next steps are:

If you already have the Office 365 cloud service:

  1. Contact Datacom to add the no-cost Office 365 Pro Plus SKU to your Microsoft agreement
  2. Assign the Office 365 ProPlus software to your students (in the Office 365 Admin Portal)
  3. Communicate this benefit to your students and parents (using the ready-made communications templates, see the link below)
  4. Download – your students are then able to download the Office 365 ProPlus software to their personal devices

If you don’t have the Office 365 cloud service:

  1. Contact Datacom to add the no-cost Office 365 Plan A2 and the Office 365 Pro Plus licences to your Microsoft agreement
  2. Deploy Office 365 for your school (quick deployment at www.fasttrack.office.com, or you may need a partner to assist)
  3. Assign the Office 365 ProPlus software to your students (in the administration portal in Office 365)
  4. Communicate this benefit to your students and parents (using the ready-made communications templates, see the link below)
  5. Download – your students are then able to download the Office ProPlus software to their personal devices

You can contact Datacom to find out more and take these steps at nzschool@datacom.co.nz.

Communicating to Students and Parents

  • We’ve prepared a set of materials that include email templates, posters and web banners you can re-purpose to communicate with your students.  Click here for details.
  • A step-by-step guide to downloading Office 365 Pro Plus can be found here

*Datacom may charge an administration fee, for further details please contact Datacom at nzschool@datacom.co.nz.

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