Notion for students & teachers

David Tibbitts
Aug 29 '19 · 7 min read · 1406 views
Between classes, homework, taking notes, studying, athletics, extracurriculars & clubs, being a student can be overwhelming 🤹‍♀️ Notion is here to help with its all-in-one workspace where you can manage all of the above, whether you're a student or teacher!
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Note: Notion Personal Plans (including unlimited storage and uploads) are 100% free for students and teachers who associate their accounts with their school email addresses. More on this below →

Upgrade your workspace

To take advantage of the free Personal Plan for students and educators:
  • First, you'll need to make sure that the email address associated with your Notion account is the one provided by your school.
  • You can change your email on file by clicking Settings & Members in your sidebar, then My Account.
  • Next, navigate to the Upgrade tab in Settings & Members. If you're already on a paid plan, click on Plans.
  • In the Personal column, you should see a button that says Get free education plan (you won't see this if you're on a Team Plan or Enterprise Plan already):
  • If your school is recognized by our system, you'll be upgraded automatically and you're good to go!
  • If your school is not recognized by our system, you'll see this pop-up:
  • First, make sure that your Notion account is associated with your educational email address by clicking the Change Email button.
  • If you're still seeing this pop-up after changing your email, your university may not be on our list. Our support team can help! Just use the ? button at the bottom right of the Notion app to send us a message, or you can email us at team@makenotion.com.
  • If you have a promo code for a free education plan, you can enter it into the same form to automatically turn on the premium features for free.
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Note: You'll need to associate your Notion account with a valid educational email address in order to upgrade — we don't accept student IDs or other documentation to verify at this time. Personal email addresses (like gmail.com or outlook.com) are not eligible. Sorry about that!

What's included?

  • Unlimited storage. Really — store as much as you like!
  • No limits on uploads! Stash as many big files as you want.
  • Access version history of any page for up to 30 days. More on that here →
  • Better permission controls for any guests you invite. More on that here →
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Note: As a quick comparison, the standard Free Plan limits you to 1,000 blocks and a 5MB upload limit. The Personal Plan usually costs $5/month.

Work with a group or team

You can still work with many other people on a Personal Plan. Using guest access, you can share your grocery list with roommates, collaborate on a project with classmates, or even run an entire organization. Here's how:
  • On any page you want to share with others, go to Share at the top right.
  • Press Invite a Person.
  • Enter the email address of anyone you want to invite.
  • Select a level of access for that person from the dropdown (i.e. read-only, edit-only, comment-only) and press Invite.
  • They'll receive an email with a link to the page.
  • If they don't already use Notion, they can sign up to access your page.
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Note: When you invite a guest to a page, they can automatically access all of its sub-pages, too. There's no way to restrict access to sub-pages.
Using the method shown in the GIF above, you can essentially share an entire workspace:
  • Create one top-level page in your sidebar with all the sub-pages you want other people to access. In the example above, "Club Homepage" is a top-level page.
  • Invite anyone you want to collaborate or share content with.
  • You can add as many guests as you want for free.

Getting started with templates

If you're brand new to Notion, we recommend you start here to quickly pick up the basics of writing, editing, and organizing your content.
Our templates are also a great first step — they provide some structure, and you can customize them however you want! We have a bunch just for students and teachers:
  • In your sidebar, click the Templates button.
  • Or, you can use the + New Page button or any of the + buttons in your sidebar to create a new page, and select Templates from the grayscale menu.
  • Our template picker looks like this:
  • Once you find a template you like, click the blue Use this Template button at the top right to add it to your workspace.
  • For more templates from us and from Notion's community of users, check out our Template Gallery at notion.so/templates, or use the ↗ Full Template Gallery button at the bottom right of the template picker.
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Tip: All templates for students and teachers can be found under Education.

FAQs

  • I'm a student/educator, but don't have an educational email address.
    Unfortunately, you'll need to associate your Notion account with a valid educational email address in order to upgrade — we don't accept student IDs or other documentation to verify at this time. Personal email addresses (like gmail.com or outlook.com) are not eligible. Sorry about that!
  • Can I upgrade to a free education plan, but continue using Notion with my personal email address?
    Not at the moment, unfortunately — you'll need to associate your Notion account with an educational email address in order to upgrade to the free educational plan. You can change your email by navigating to the My Account tab of Settings & Members in the sidebar.
  • Why is Notion free for students and educators?
    Notion is the perfect tool for school. We’d like to support the next generation of thinkers, dreamers, and leaders.
  • I’m already paying for a personal plan. Can I still get free access?
    Yes! Go to the Settings & Members panel in Notion, select the My Account tab, then click Change Email under the Personal Info section. Enter your student email address. Next, navigate to the Upgrade tab in Settings & Members. In the Personal column, click the button that says Get free education plan (you won't see this if you're on a Team Plan or Enterprise Plan already). If your school is recognized by our system, you'll be upgraded automatically and you're good to go! You’ll receive a prorated credit for the remaining value of your term which can be applied to future Notion purchases.
  • Am I eligible for free access?
    You’re eligible if:
    • You’re a student or educator at an accredited college or university.
    • You have a school email address. We don't accept student IDs or other documentation to verify at this time. Personal email addresses (like gmail.com or outlook.com) are not eligible. Sorry about that!
  • What happens when I graduate?
    You can continue using your free student account as long as it's associated with a school email address. You’ll have the opportunity to change your email address and switch to a paid plan upon graduation.
  • I clicked the Free education plan button, but received an error message.
    This happens if your university or educational institution isn't recognized by our system. Our support team can help! Just use the ? button at the bottom right of the Notion app to send us a message, or you can email us at team@makenotion.com.
  • I don't see a Free education plan button.
    First, make sure your Notion is up to date. Click the ? at the bottom right of Notion to see the last time it updated. If it's been a while, you can try refreshing via cmd/ctrl + r, and Notion should update automatically.
    You won't see the Free education plan button if you're already subscribed to a Team Plan or Enterprise Plan, or if you have multiple admins/members in your workspace.
  • Are high school students eligible?
    Not at the moment, unfortunately 😔
  • Any educational pricing for Team Plans or Enterprise Plans?
    This educational discount is only valid for the Personal Plan — unfortunately there isn't a discount for Team Plans or Enterprise Plans.
    You can still collaborate with your classmates on your free Personal Plan though, using guest access. More on that here →

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