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Created by Guest
Created on Jun 23, 2020

Allow students to get credits without credit card details

Students are increasingly using cloud services for educational purpose. However, many a times credit card becomes a hurdle since students usually don't own a one. Therefore, if IBM cloud could consider allowing students to subscribe for $200 credits, like GCP and Azure does, without asking for credit card details, it would be helpful for many.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Dec 2, 2020

    Please go to and register, and if you have any question, please reach out to Ask your institution/faculty member to register for the IBM academic intuitive program and faculty can get additional credit to teach the class or do a research program with students.

  • Guest
    Jul 2, 2020

    Hi, have you checked out the IBM Academic Initiative website at

    If your academic institution is registered it will allow you free access to most IBM Cloud services, rather than just $200 credits.

    To see if your institution is already registered, enter your email address that is from your institution - if it is, you can instantly sign up, if it's not then you just need to get your head of facutly to sign up to the scheme.