Free Software for Students

Available Home Use Software

Phoenix College and the Maricopa Community College District have worked to provide some software free or discounted to students to use while they are enrolled with us. Below is information on this software so you can get it for your use. Click on the name of the software listed for more information or to get started.

Free Software for Students

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools For Teaching (Microsoft software development tools)

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching puts professional developer tools, software, and services in the hands of faculty and students with low-cost subscriptions from Microsoft. Students receive developer tools from Microsoft at no cost – everything needed to create apps, games and websites – so they can chase their dreams, create the next big breakthrough in technology, or get a head start on their career .

Formerly known as Microsoft Imagine, this subscription program has changed to Azure Dev Tools for Teaching. All current Imagine subscriptions have automatically transitioned to Azure Dev Tools for Teaching and have access to the same software tools they have enjoyed with Imagine.

Microsoft Office 365

Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote and more. It is available for offline and online use to support your individual class learning. As long as you are an enrolled student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges, you’ll be able to use this software at no charge.

Some of the amazing benefits of this partnership are:

  • The ability for students to install on up to five compatible computers, plus five mobile devices (including an iPad)
  • The use of OneDrive for automatic device syncing
  • The use of the same programs as your instructors to ensure file compatibility

Grammarly® is an automated proofreader and personal grammar coach. This tool, available to students, faculty, and staff, can be used to improve writing skills as it instantly finds and offers corrections for over 400 types of grammatical mistakes. Grammarly® can also improve word choice with a vocabulary synonym tool and prevent plagiarism with its detection services and citation suggestions. 

In addition to proofreading, GrammarlyGo is a generative AI feature that can further help make suggestions on getting started or improving your writing, from blank page to final product.

You can go to Set Up A Grammarly Account for more information on signing up for a Grammarly account through Phoenix College.

Note: Grammarly® does not check the content of writing assignments. Learn more about the features of Grammarly at



Maricopa Community College District now offers a Campus-Wide License to MATLAB, Simulink, and over 100 additional toolboxes. Students and faculty are covered by the Campus-Wide License and can install software on their personal computers. 

For additional training, please view free online courses that can also be found on Maricopa Community College District’s MATLAB Portal under “Learn to Use MATLAB and Simulink.”

If you have trouble installing MATLAB, go to the MATLAB Portal and click “Need Installation Help” to get support.  

Autodesk Software (AutoCAD)

Power your teams’ creativity with automation, collaboration, and machine-learning features of AutoCAD® software. Architects, engineers, and construction professionals use AutoCAD to:

  • Design and annotate 2D geometry and 3D models with solids, surfaces, and mesh objects
  • Automate tasks such as comparing drawings, counting objects, adding blocks, creating schedules, and more
  • Create a customized workspace to maximize productivity with add-on apps and APIs

Discounted Education Software (OnTheHub)

The Maricopa OnTheHub provides students with discounted software from a variety of software selection including:

Minitab, Parallels, IBM SPSS, NortonLifeLock, Adobe, Acronis International, Clarivate Analytics, EViews, JMP, Mindjet, OriginLab, QSR International, Statistica, and Sticky Password.