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Can I access Microsoft 365 services after I graduate?

If you've been using Microsoft 365 as a student here at Sussex you may well have downloaded Office apps like Word and Excel to your own computer or devices, or you may be using OneDrive to store files online.  You're able to do this because we've purchased a licence for our students and staff to use it all for free.  

The day you complete your studies at the university, this access will change. You will no longer be entitled to use the full Microsoft 365 suite as you are now what we call a Graduand student. However, you will retain access to Sussex Direct, Canvas and your Outlook Online mailbox for several months after this date.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to back up your files stored in OneDrive, the IT Service Desk can assist you with this.

Of course, if you want to keep using Microsoft 365, Microsoft will offer you the option to continue on the same basis as before once you have purchased a subscription using a personal account.

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Created by Claire Craig on 26 May 2015 and last updated by Glenn Bracey on 24 June 2021