AWS Research

Amazon Web Services Educate

AWS Educate provides public cloud products and services for faculty and academic researchers to utilize for teaching and learning. AWS Educate includes AWS technology, open source curated content, training resources, collaboration tools and a community of cloud users to engage with. LMU is an Amazon Web Service Educate Institution. All faculty, staff and, students are eligible for AWS Educate accounts through this program, which provide free credit (for details, see chart below)

In addition, LMU has an AWS Enterprise account through Internet2 that provides discounted services. We recommend departments and researchers who will be using AWS on an ongoing basis sign up through LMU ITS to receive an Enterprise account. In order to have/create an institutional account, please contact ITS so the appropriate onboarding process can be in place to ensure a well supported AWS experience.

If you have additional questions, please contact ITS Help Desk at or (310) 338-7777 (on campus, x87777).

Which Account Do I Sign Up For?

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Account TypeAmazon Institution Enterprise AccountAWS Educate Account
(Created individually)
AWS Educate Student Account
Use Case
  • Grant funded projects
  • Ongoing research projects

Faculty who want to explore AWS features

Students who want to explore AWS use


Contract to request an Amazon Institutional Account Link to different page with information about how to sign up for the institutional account.

(Sign up steps below)

AWS Credits (renew annually)

  • $200 in AWS credits per educator at member institutions

AWS Credits (renew annually)

  • AWS Account - Credit/Debit card required: $100 in credits at member institutions
  • AWS Educate Starter Account: No card required $75 in credits at member institutions. Account locks after depletion of credits.
Added Benefits

AWS Enterprise Support

AWS Training

  • Free access to labs
  • Free AWS Technical Essentials eLearning course
  • 50% off instructor-led training provided by AWS in the US, Brazil or Japan
  • 50% off AWS certification programs

AWS Training

  • Access to AWS Technical Essentials Training Course (a $600 value)
  • Free access to labs

Curated Content

  • Free access to AWS content for classes
  • Free access to content contributed by leading educators

Curated Content

  • Ability to select personalized learning pathway with 30+ hours of content per path
  • Earn digital badges that showcase cloud skills
  • Free access to AWS content for homework, labs, or self-study

Collaboration Tools

  • Educator Collaboration Portal access
  • Virtual and in-person events
  • Contribute and rate content
  • Private and public discussion forums
  • Provide feedback on AWS Educate

Collaboration Tools

  • Student Portal access
  • Student portfolio to store projects in one place
  • Access to Job Board and job postings

How Does LMU ITS Support My AWS Account?

AWS Educate accounts are an agreement between the end user and AWS. LMU ITS does not have access to these accounts.

Support can be obtained through forums and email to AWS, or purchased from AWS. AWS Enterprise accounts are a contracted service that individual groups or units at LMU can purchase and use.

Associated fees are the responsibility of the departmental budgets purchasing AWS. LMU ITS is responsible for the maintenance and oversight of the Enterprise Agreement which includes the monthly reclassification of AWS Institution Enterprise charges back to account holders whose service consumption generates those charges.

How Do I Sign Up For an Institutional Account?

If you are a faculty member at LMU and need additional AWS services then an AWS Educate Account provides, please take a look at the steps below to begin the process of establishing an AWS Institutional account through LMU. You must provide a department budget number to establish an account. Establishing an account includes your authorization for ITS to charge back the stated departmental budget for any account-related use charges.

  • Step 1: Consult with LMU ITS to determine the scope and onboarding process of AWS product and service needs for research or teaching.
  • Step 2: Acknowledgement and commitment to the appropriate use and payment terms of AWS services by reviewing and signing security and policy agreements
  • Step 3: ITS Creates your AWS Account
  • Step 4: ITS notifies user of AWS Account Activation

If you have additional questions on the AWS Educate program, please contact ITS Help Desk at or (310) 338-7777 (on campus, x87777).