Get started with G Suite for Education

G Suite for Education provides free business features to nonprofit K–12 and higher education institutions and homeschool co-ops.

If your school has sophisticated IT needs, consider G Suite Enterprise for Education. It has additional enterprise-grade capabilities, such as:

  • Advanced controls for administrators
  • Enhanced analytics and search capabilities
  • Enterprise-grade communication tools

Qualify for G Suite for Education

To qualify for G Suite for Education, your organization must be in one of the following categories.

Inside the U.S.

  • A nonprofit K–12 or higher educational institution verified by an accepted accreditation body
  • A homeschool co-op verified by an eligible homeschool association

Outside the U.S.

Each country has its own requirements. For more details, see Qualifications for G Suite for Education.

Sign up for G Suite for Education

If your organization is a nonprofit K-12 or higher-ed institution, follow these steps. If you’re a homeschool, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Request G Suite for Education

Note: If you already signed up your domain for G Suite and want to upgrade to G Suite for Education, sign in to your G Suite admin account and request an upgrade

  1. Go to the G Suite for Education signup form.
  2. Fill in the information about you and your institution and then click Next.
  3. Enter the domain for your institution or buy a new domain and then click Next.
  4. Fill in the information to create an admin account.
    Note: You’ll use this information to sign in to your G Suite for Education account.  
  5. Read the G Suite for Education agreement and check the box.
  6. Click Accept and sign up.
    You get an email that includes information about your new account.
Step 2: Verify that your domain belongs to you

If you signed up for G Suite with a domain that you’re already using, you need to verify your domain before we can review your application. This verification process ensures that no one can use services or send email that appears to come from your school.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Verify that you own your domain.
    Learn more about verifying your domain for G Suite.

After you submit your request and verify your domain, we review your organization’s eligibility. We contact you via email about the status of your application in 1–2 weeks.

Step 3: Add users, set up apps, and access advanced features
Once you get the acceptance email for G Suite for Education, you can add users to your domain, set up apps, and access advanced features, such as mail migration.
Step 4: Set up and deploy G Suite
Visit the G Suite Administrator Help Center to learn how to set up and deploy G Suite.

Homeschool signup for G Suite for Education

If you belong to a homeschool co-op, follow these steps: 

Step 1: Request a G Suite for Education code from your state homeschool organization
Request a G Suite for Education code from a state homeschool organization. The organization will review your request and then email you a code and instructions. You won’t be able to request G Suite for Education without this code.
Step 2: Request G Suite for Education
  1. Go to the G Suite for Education signup form.
  2. Fill in the information about you and your institution.
    Note: In the Institution name field, after your homeschool co-op name, add “(homeschool)”.
    For example, “Your Name (homeschool)”.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Enter the domain for your institution or buy a new domain and then click Next.
  5. Fill in the information to create an admin account.
    Note: You’ll use this information to sign in to your G Suite for Education account.  
  6. Read the G Suite for Education agreement and check the box.
  7. Click Accept and sign up.
    You get an email that includes information about your new account.

If you see an error message when using your domain to sign up for G Suite for Education, see Can't sign up my domain for a Google service.

Step 3: Complete the homeschool application form
  1. In a web browser, go to the Homeroom application form.
  2. Under Current email address, enter your email address.
  3. Under Domain name, enter the domain you used in Step 2.
  4. Under Case Number, enter the case number given to you in the subject line of the email you received in Step 2.
  5. Under G Suite Code, enter the code you received in the email from your state homeschool organization from Step 1.
  6. Click Submit

After you submit your request and verify your domain, we review your organization’s eligibility. We contact you via email about the status of your application in 1–2 weeks.

Step 4: Verify that your domain belongs to you

If you signed up for G Suite with a domain that you’re already using, you need to verify your domain before we can review your application. This verification process ensures that no one can use services or send email that appears to come from your school.

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. Verify that you own your domain.
    Learn more about verifying your domain for G Suite.

After you submit your request and verify your domain, we review your organization’s eligibility. We contact you via email about the status of your application in 1–2 weeks.

Step 5: Add users, set up apps, and access advanced features
Once you get the acceptance email for G Suite for Education, you can add users to your domain, set up apps, and access advanced features, such as mail migration.
Step 6: Set up and deploy G Suite
Visit the G Suite Administrator Help Center to learn how to set up and deploy G Suite.
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