Enrollment for Education Solutions - MS Campus Agreement

Available To: Faculty, Staff

ITS maintains a software licensing agreement with Microsoft called the Enrollment for Education Solutions (ESS), formerly known as the Microsoft Campus Agreement. NAU’s Agreement covers faculty, staff, students & lab systems at NAU, as well as Air Force or Army ROTC, and designated graduate assistants. This agreement does not cover NAU affiliates or students.

NAU has entered into a licensing agreement with the Microsoft Corporation called Enrollment for Education Solutions. The Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions is an annual, comprehensive licensing program specifically created to address the unique needs of higher education institutions.

The agreement allows NAU to count people rather than computers for purchasing software licenses, which makes it much easier to license the entire University.

Information about the ESS is available on Microsoft's website.

NAU is licensed for the following products:

  • Windows desktop operating system upgrades for PCs and Windows installs under BootCamp on Macintosh computers.
  • Office Professional Edition for Windows, which includes:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Access
    • Outlook
  • Office for the Macintosh, which includes:
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Outlook / Entourage
  • Virtual PC
  • FrontPage/Sharepoint Designer
  • Publisher
  • Visual Studio
  • Core CAL (allows server connections)

To Use This Service, You Will Need

NAU’s Enrollment for Education Solutions (ESS) covers faculty, staff, students, and lab systems at NAU, as well as Air Force or Army ROTC, and designated graduate assistants. This agreement does not cover University affiliates. Covered software can also be used for any NAU-related business. If you are uncertain whether you are covered under the Licensing Agreement, please contact the ITS Solution Center.

The above-listed software may be installed on any NAU-owned computer (including Macintosh computers). New versions of software will typically become officially supported by ITS a few months after release by Microsoft to allow for industry review, testing, and evaluation of compatibility issues.

The Microsoft agreement includes a limited home use right for the communities identified in the first paragraph of this section. You may purchase and install up to one discounted copy of Microsoft Office for Windows or Macintosh on a personally owned computers under license(s) granted to NAU for the term of our Enrollment for Education Solutions agreement. You will be required to remove the software from your personal computer immediately upon the earlier of (a) any event which causes you to no longer be an employee of the institution or (b) expiration of the agreement subscription term.  This link takes you to Instructions for taking advantage of our Home Use Program.

How to Request

 To obtain Licensed Microsoft Software for use on computers covered by the Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions: 

Cost / Pricing

Under the campus agreement:

  • Licensed Microsoft Software is available at no cost for installation on institutionally owned computers.
  • One copy of MS-Office for Windows or Macintosh can be purchased at very modest cost from the Microsoft Home Use Portal for computers personally owned by employees of NAU.

Support Information

 Faculty and staff can obtain assistance installing or using supported Microsoft software on institutionally-owned computers by contacting the ITS Solution Center 

Related Services

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Information and methods for acquiring software for official and personal use including the Software Store & downloads.
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The place to buy or download software at NAU for qualified faculty, staff, and affiliates.

Training & Documentation


These are the system requirements from Microsoft for home computers to run Microsoft software.