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Red Hat Enterprise Linux site subscription for academics

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Colleges, universities and academic institutions face unique challenges. Whether committing to student success, researching solutions to society’s top issues or maintaining a healthy population, higher education is a market like no other. Red Hat academic offerings were created to help educational institutions build out their IT infrastructure while avoiding vendor-lock in, reducing costs, and creating scalable and sustainable IT environments. 

Red Hat® products and solutions are ready-made for institutions of higher learning to:

  • Run enterprise applications, such as learning management and student information systems, on an open, secure foundation.
  • Rapidly modernize legacy education and operational applications with developer toolkits and container platforms.
  • Achieve unified management of traditional, virtualized environments and cloud-based infrastructure.
  • Improve interoperability with other technology vendor. 
  • Build public, private, and hybrid clouds. 

Whether in an administrative, educational, or research-oriented capacity, Red Hat provides various software, products and services to educational institutions interested in utilizing commercially supported open source technologies. 


The Red Hat Enterprise Linux Site Subscription for academics provides a single campus access to these major Red Hat enterprise products: 

Red Hat Enterprise Linux® (x86_64 Server, Workstation, Desktop, SAP Applications, Extended Update Support)

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for HPC

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM POWER 

Red Hat Developer Toolset 

Red Hat Software Collections 

A site subscription may be used by faculty, staff, and students in both non-production and production environments within the institution.


Red Hat academic offerings ensure you get more IT for your money by offering campus-wide subscriptions across all departments based on full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. FTEs are calculated as follows: 

  • All full-time faculty and staff are considered one unit .
  • Part-time staff are considered a half of a unit.
  • Part-time faculty are considered a third of a unit.
image container Figure 1. Faculty and Staff FTE unit calculations

For example: If you have 2,000 full-time faculty, 1,500 part-time faculty, 1,000 full-time staff, and 500 part-time staff, the FTE units are calculated as 2,000 + (1500 ÷ 3) + 1,000 + (500 ÷ 2) = 3,750 FTE units.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Site Subscription for academics (Server, Desktop, Workstation, POWER, Atomic, HPC), Standard with Smart Management per FTE$27/ FTEStandard
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Site Subscription for academics (Server, Desktop, Workstation, POWER, Atomic, HPC), Premium with Smart Management per FTE$42/FTEPremium

Frequently Asked Questions: 

What if my FTE unit count includes a fraction? 

  • If the total FTE unit count ends in a fraction, the total number of FTE units is rounded up to the next unit. For example: A 2,500 1⁄2 FTE number rounds to 2501 FTEs. 
  • Is there a minimum requirement to participate in the site subscription programs?
  • Yes. The minimum FTE unit number required is 1,000.

Do I have to subscribe for my entire institution?

  • Yes. The program is for the entire institution. 


Red Hat academic offerings are intended to support education initiatives in the academic community at an affordable price.

  • In the United States, these academic offerings are only available to accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Subscription pricing is available to valid institutions and users (i.e., teachers, students, staff, researchers, etc.) affiliated with the institution.
  • An educational institution is an organization, such as a primary or secondary school, college or university that has a regularly scheduled curriculum, a regular faculty, and a regularly enrolled student body in attendance at a place where educational activities are regularly carried out. 
  • Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) operated by an academic institution do not qualify for academic subscriptions.
  • Hospitals and healthcare systems are not eligible to acquire academic subscriptions unless a qualified educational institution wholly owns and operates them, or they have established academic accreditation.
  • The Red Hat Site Subscription is only made available to support the FTE and constituency of the purchasing college or university and is not to be used in support of outside entities.
  • Verification of eligibility based on accreditation status can be determined at

For any subscription or compliance related questions, please contact your Red Hat account manager or your authorized Red Hat partner.