Using self-service sign up in your organization

We're listening to your feedback and have made it easier for users in your organization to sign up for Office 365 and other online services from Microsoft. We call this new sign up process "self-service sign up" because your users can sign up to use services paid by your subscription, or use free services, without asking you to take action on their behalf.

How self-service sign up works

The following example describes how self-sign up works for a school. The same process works for any organization that has self-service programs enabled in their tenant.

  1. Students and faculty members have school email addresses that indicate they are associated with your institution. For example, the email address may indicate a student from the University of Washington.

  2. Students and faculty go to our web site, and use their email address to sign up for the Office 365 services that your organization offers, such Office 365 ProPlus. They can also sign up for other free services that we offer.

  3. We validate their email address, and then they can get started using Office 365, Power BI, or other services right away.

  4. As the business admin, you will see who has signed up for a subscription by viewing the Subscriptions page in the Office 365 admin center. This way you can see when there are new or unrecognized licenses for services in your Office 365 tenant.

Available self-service programs

Following are the currently available self-service programs. This list will be updated as new programs are added.



Additional Info

Website for self-service sign up

Office 365 Education

Any student or teacher can use a school email address to sign up for free Office 365 and get Office Online, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage and SharePoint Online for class, team and project sites.

Office 365 Education Technical FAQ



Office 365 Education Plus

Eligible students and teachers can sign up for Office 365 Education Plus, which includes everything mentioned above plus Office 365 ProPlus. Office 365 ProPlus is productivity software, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, Access, Skype for Business, that is installed on your desktop or laptop computer.

Office 365 Education Technical FAQ



Power BI

Power BI is a free service for users in your organization to connect to, analyze, and securely share data with others.

If your organization already subscribes to Power BI for Office 365 you may additionally see licenses for “Power BI for Office 365 Individual User Trial,” which offer users limited, free access to advanced capabilities.

Power BI in your organization

Microsoft Power BI

Rights Management Services (RMS)

RMS for individuals is a free self-service subscription for users in an organization who have been sent sensitive files that have been protected by Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS), but their IT department has not implemented Azure Rights Management (Azure RMS), or Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).

RMS for Individuals and Azure Rights Management

Microsoft Rights Management portal so you can check whether you can open a given rights-protected document.

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