Keep on Learning, Teaching, Working with Free Adobe Creative Cloud

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kent State University has partnered with Adobe to provide free Adobe Creative Cloud licenses to our students, faculty and staff to allow continued access to the tools from off-campus. Please note the following:

  • The licenses will only be active until July 6, 2020.
  • These temporary licenses are for the desktop applications of Creative Cloud only – they do not include access to the Creative Cloud mobile apps, nor do they include Adobe online services, such as Adobe Fonts.

Please follow the directions below to access your new Adobe Creative Cloud account subscription. Before you start, please be aware that our Adobe subscription accounts are linked to your Kent State username and password. The account is referred to as an “Enterprise ID” or “Company or school account” within the Adobe software.

Download and Installation

For complete step-by-step instructions for downloading and installing the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop app, please view the following articles:

Once you have signed in, refer to the Adobe web page to view information on installing applications and using other features associated with your subscription.

To explore all the possible tools that are available to you with your Adobe subscription, visit the Adobe pages that list the available desktop products within the Creative Cloud suite.

Note: Adobe Acrobat is not included in the set of available applications.


  • Video: Find amazing online video tutorials on all the Adobe Creative Cloud products through LinkedIn Learning. Log in at and select “Self-Paced” to begin.
  • Print: View online versions of many Adobe-related training books and publications at Safari Books Online.


If you have any issues or questions on getting started, please contact the Kent State Helpdesk. You can submit a support ticket or chat at

Article was updated to reflect Adobe's extended expiration date of the free Adobe Creative Cloud licenses.  

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 5:20pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 3:36pm