Worldwide academic qualification

US educational institutions

An accredited, nonprofit, degree-granting school or university that's organized and operated exclusively for the purpose of teaching its enrolled students and is not affiliated with any private or public corporation or business entity. An accredited institution is:

A public or private K-12, vocational school, correspondence school, religious education school, junior college, college, university, or scientific or technical school that is accredited by an accrediting agency nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or, in the case of public K-12 institutions, recognized or approved by the Department of Education of the State in which it is located.

Faculty and staff

Full- and part-time faculty and staff of educational institutions (defined above).


Full- and part-time enrolled students of a higher-educational institution may purchase individual subscriptions.

Global educational institutions

Red Hat is committed to providing educational resources worldwide. The program defined in this document includes qualification criteria based on US specifications. International qualification will be based on similar criteria, however, regional requirements will be incorporated when evaluating qualification for the individual programs. For more information, contact sales.

Contractors and consultants

Any entity chartered by a qualified educational institution to purchase and deploy a computing system on the institutions behalf, provided the institution retains ownership of the deployed systems and Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions throughout and following the deployment of the system, are qualified to purchase under this program. Non-Academic entities which provide services, such as outsourcing providers, to qualified educational institutions but do not transfer ownership of both the systems and the Enterprise Linux subscriptions are not qualified to purchase under this program.

Research laboratories and healthcare providers

Hospitals, Healthcare Systems and Research Laboratories (including independent Research Laboratories, Research Laboratories funded from outside any affiliated University or Research Laboratories funded and/or affiliated with the Department of Defense or the Department of Energy) are NOT eligible for Red Hat's educational programs unless they are wholly owned and operated by a qualified Educational Institution as defined above.

How to determine if an entity is "wholly owned and operated" by a qualified education institution

To determine if an entity is "wholly owned and operated" by a qualified educational institution, the entity must qualify under the following requirements and be able to demonstrate and document such qualification:

  • A qualified educational institution has complete financial responsibility for the entity in question;

  • The entity is solely governed by the same Board of Regents as a qualified educational institution;

  • A qualified educational institution has the sole authority to hire and fire all employees of the entity; and

  • A qualified educational institution has sole and final approval over policies and procedures of the entity.