MATLAB Answers

Can I use the Student Version of MATLAB after my course has ended?

410 views (last 30 days)
Christiaan
Christiaan on 26 Aug 2012
Commented: Prameth Gaddale on 21 Oct 2020 at 16:01
Can I use the Student Version of MATLAB after my university course has ended, or is that not allowed?
Many thanks, Chris

  2 Comments

Ronald Inselberg
Ronald Inselberg on 7 Mar 2013
I got my bachelor's degree a long time ago. Now I am enrolled in a continuing education course at a University of California Extension Campus. But I am not pursuing any specific professional certification. I just enroll in whatever courses as I see fit, as I have done since 2010. If I obtain a verifiable email communication from them, confirming that I am currently enrolled in a course, would that suffice as the proof that I need to maintain indefinite use of the Student MATLAB after I purchase and download it?
I think the answer is "Yes", but I would like to have clarification, since the reference is to a "degree granting institution".
Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 7 Mar 2013
Did you see Walter's answer below. It looks like it depends on if you have the Standard or One-year license. The standard license appears to cover enrollment in "a continuing education program of a degree-granting institution" as long as you're in the course.

Sign in to comment.

Accepted Answer

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 26 Aug 2012
Q. For how long is my Student Version software activated?
A. Your Student Version software is activated indefinitely. However, after four years you may need to re-submit proof of student status to activate it on a new machine. After you graduate you will need to purchase a professional license.
Q. What are the acceptable uses for the Student Version?
A. MATLAB and Simulink Student Version can be used for course work as long as you are enrolled at a degree-granting institution, including continuing education courses. Use in professional research conducted at universities and commercial use of Student Version software is strictly prohibited.
And then, from the Terms of Use (accessible from the help documentation)
5. LICENSE TERM. The Student License may be acquired (as available) in one of two, separate term lengths, either the Standard Student License Term (for the standard Student Version License) or the One-Year Student License Term (for the Student Version One-Year License). Licensees of the Standard Student License Term agree that their Student License expires automatically immediately after the duration of Licensee's enrollment in a degree-granting institution or participation in a continuing education program of a degree-granting institution. Licensees of the One-Year Student License Term agree that their Student License expires automatically after one year, as measured from the date the Student License is first activated.

  3 Comments

Imtiaz Ahmed
Imtiaz Ahmed on 23 Mar 2020
Hello. Would you please tell me, why my licience shows till March 2021 while you mentioned that it is for four years then I need to show proof of being a student.
Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 24 Mar 2020
There are more than one kind of student licences. The licence you purchase through the online store is a perpetual licence valid during times you are enrolled. There are also MOOC (Massive Online Courses) licenses that are term limited. Historically, Student licences were also available for 4 months or 1 year terms; these were typically purchased at campus bookstores.
However, what you are probably looking at is not the date your license expires. What you are probably looking at is the date your Software Maintenance Service expires. Until that date you are entitled to free updates to new releases. You are probably entitled to r2020b and possibly r2021a as well depending on exactly you purchased and exactly when they release it. But to upgrade to releases after that you would need to renew your subscription. If you do not renew your subscription then you would still be entitled to use the versions you have: the subscription is about getting newer releases.

Sign in to comment.

More Answers (2)

Basim Khan
Basim Khan on 18 Nov 2016
i am not sure how long is my license for? although I am a student of a university so, how can I check the duration of the licnse

  1 Comment

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 18 Nov 2016
If you did not buy the term or one-year license then your license is valid indefinitely, during all times that you are a student at a degree-granting institution.
But to check you can visit https://www.mathworks.com/mwaccount and click on your license. Look in the center towards the top for the word 'Term:'. If it says something like 'Annual' then your license expires in time. If it says 'Perpetual' then it does not expire. To check further, click on "Install and Activate" from that page, and look on the right hand side under the heading "Related Tasks" where the expiration date will be explicitly listed if applicable.

Sign in to comment.


Aung Bo Naing
Aung Bo Naing on 17 Sep 2020
Hi,
Can I renew my perpectual student license? I was graduated in 2013, now attending an MOOC course so want to renew my student perpectual license since the old version is not compatible with my new laptop anymore.

  1 Comment

Prameth Gaddale
Prameth Gaddale on 21 Oct 2020 at 16:01
https://in.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/46751-can-i-use-the-student-version-of-matlab-after-my-course-has-ended#comment_407390

Sign in to comment.

Community Treasure Hunt

Find the treasures in MATLAB Central and discover how the community can help you!

Start Hunting!