DreamSpark: How to get Verified for the Microsoft Dreamspark software in US?
All Students at all accredited higher education institutions in US are eligible for DreamSpark at https://www.dreamspark.com. There is no specific work necessary on the school's part to 'enroll'.
Given that there is No single method of verifying a student status across all higher-ed institutions in the US, there are a number of mechanism that DreamSpark uses:
- For Universities that are in the InCommon federation and implement the Shibboleth protocol, the verification is done by the school
- For students who are members of 'International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
- student submits their name and ISIC ID #
- National Students Clearing house verification
- Student submits their name, school name and DOB
- manual verification
- student submits their name, email and student ID/Tuition receipt
Even though not all schools are listed on the DreamSpark site, all higher-ed students from all US schools use the mechanisms 2,3,4 listed above to get their DreamSpark software.
On the DreamSpark site (at https://www.dreamspark.com/wayf/wayf.aspx) just below the list of schools is the following -- click on the “Learn More” button to get verified through JourneyEd http://www.journeyed.com/MSTools.
So, No your school does not have to be listed on the DreamSpark site for a higher-ed student in US to get the DreamSpark software just click on the “Learn More” button it to get verified as a student.