G Suite for Education FAQ

Below are common questions about G Suite for Education.

General information

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What is G Suite for Education?

G Suite for Education is a suite of free Google tools and services that are tailored for schools and homeschools. It is available globally to all educational institutions that qualify. 

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How much is G Suite for Education?

G Suite for Education is free to qualified educational institutions.

How many accounts can I get? Do I need to remove inactive users?

G Suite for Education accounts provide 10,000 user licenses. You don’t have to remove inactive users.

How much storage do users get with G Suite for Education?

Each user has unlimited storage for Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Photos. If there are 4 or fewer users in your organization, each user gets 1 TB of storage.

What is the uptime for Google Workspace services?

Google Workspace Core Services are guaranteed to be available at least 99.9% of the time. For more information, refer to the Google Workspace Service Level Agreement.

What's the difference between G Suite for Education and Enterprise for Education?

G Suite Enterprise for Education includes all Education features plus premium tools for security, data control, teaching, and communication.

For details, see Compare Education editions.


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Who qualifies for G Suite for Education? Can homeschools use G Suite for Education? (US only) Are nonprofit organizations eligible for G Suite for Education?

Nonprofit organizations that are not educational institutions can only apply for G Suite for Nonprofits. For more information, refer to Nonprofit Management Resources.

How long does it take to be approved for G Suite for Education?
Approval requests are typically resolved within 14 business days. Review the sign-up process for K–12 or higher institutions.

Getting started

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How do I sign up?

To sign up for G Suite for Education, go to the sign-up page. You can sign up yourself or contact the Sales team.

Can existing email data be migrated to G Suite for Education? Can my school's existing authentication system integrate with G Suite for Education?

Yes, Google Workspace offers SAML single sign-on (SSO) to integrate with your authentication system. Google Workspace also offers a code library for reference. For details, go to Set up SSO via a third party Identity provider.

How do I train faculty and students how to use G Suite for Education?

For resources to help you train your users, go to the Google Workspace Learning Center.

What happens if I have a problem?

You get 24/7 phone and email support with your G Suite for Education account. Chat support is available in English. For details, go to Contact Google Workspace support.


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How secure is G Suite for Education? What scanning or indexing of user data occurs with G Suite for Education?

G Suite for Education does not collect student data for advertising purposes.

We scan Gmail to keep users’ mail secure. Scanning includes virus and spam protection and is 100% automated. We scan all incoming email, relevant search results, and features, such as Gmail Priority Inbox. For more details, go to the Google Safety Center.

Are there ads with G Suite for Education?

Advertisements are turned off for G Suite for Education Core Services. And, users don't see ads in Google Search when signed in with their G Suite for Education accounts.

How do I monitor, filter, or archive mail with G Suite for Education?

Schools can filter, monitor, and archive mail using Gmail advanced settings. For details, go to Advanced Gmail settings reference for admins.

Or, you can set up a gateway for your school to route mail through our system. If you don’t want to do it yourself, we have partners who can do it for you. For details, go to Set up an inbound mail gateway and the Google Workspace Marketplace.

US only—Can G Suite for Education be used in compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) of 1998?

Yes. We contractually require that schools using G Suite for Education get the parental consent required by COPPA. Our services can be used in compliance with COPPA as long as a school has parental consent. Learn more

US only—Can G Suite for Education be used in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?

Yes. G Suite for Education core services comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Learn more

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