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Greg Differding

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Computer & Information Science

DreamSpark - Free / Discounted Software

What is DreamSpark?

The Microsoft DreamSpark is an annual membership program for technical departments in the area of Computer Science, Engineering, and Information Systems. The purpose of the DreamSpark program is to provide Microsoft software at a low cost or free to students for training in technical fields where the Microsoft software is used.

To be eligible you must be a student currently enrolled at least 1 CIS department class. Your membership in DreamSpark is valid only during your enrollment in CIS classes (see the notes below for details). Students may purchase the software to install on their personal computers. Many software titles are available free to download or available for purchase at a 80-90% discount.


Below is a partial list of the software titles available to students enrolled in CIS classes at Cuyamaca. See the DreamSpark site for a complete list. Most of the titles are free as a direct download.

  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Visio 2010, 2013 Professional
  • Microsoft Access 2010, 2013
  • Expression Studio 4
  • SharePoint Designer 2010, 2013
  • Project Professional 2010, 2013
  • Visual Studio 2010, 2012
  • Windows Server 2008, 2012
  • SQL Server 2008, 2012


1) Get the Cuyamaca College - Computer and Information Science - DreamSpark Premium email which was sent to your college email account. Student email access:

  • A welcome email will be sent to all students when an instructor requests the accounts. The email will contain instructions for activating your DreamSpark account. This will normally happen during the third week of the the first semester you enroll in any CIS class. The automatic email is only sent one time. You must save the DreamSpark information for access to the DreamSpark software in future semesters. The college purges all student email accounts at the end of each semester.
  • All students have a web based email account created for them when they enroll. The email accounts are  If you are having problems with your college email account contact one of the CIS lab techs for assistance.
  • Lost your account information: If the information is not in your in box and you did not save the information you will need to have your account information resent to you. Send an email using your college email account to DeMarquet Davis at requesting that your DreamSpark password be reset.

2)  Login to the DreamSpark web site using the instructions emailed to you.

  • Software distribution is managed through the DreamSpark system sponsored by Microsoft.
  • The DreamSpark web site is neither owned or operated by the college. There may be times when the DreamSpark web site will not be accessible.  Neither Cuyamaca College or the CIS department receive any compensation for any purchases.

3)  Locate the software you want to order under the software option. 

  • A credit card is required for payment for software that is NOT listed as FREE.
  • For software offered as a download you may need a CD or DVD to burn a copy of the software before you can install it.

4)  Choose the delivery option. Click the "Get It" button. Fill in the order form.
  • You cannot change your delivery option once an order has been started. If you select the download option you cannot later change to have a disc shipped to you.
  • Orders are processed by the DreamSpark site. There are no refunds for orders.
    See the DreamSpark site for additional information.


  • Some DreamSpark software requires the use of an activation key.
  • If your software requires an activation key then it will be displayed on the order page when you download the software. If you order the software for home delivery then the activation key will be located on the back of the CD/DVD case.
  • Typically the activation key can only be used on one computer.

  • Support for installation of the software is provided by your instructor.
  • The DreamSpark program is operated by Microsoft.
  • Software titles must be downloaded during the semester you are enrolled in a CIS class.
  • Software keys will not be replaced if lost and may not be available on the DreamSpark site in the future so be sure to save them in a safe place.
  • The CIS department pays a yearly fee to participate in this program allowing students to legally purchase software at deeply discounted prices.
  • Neither the CIS department nor any college employees receive any compensation for purchases made through this program.
  • Student participation in this program is not expected or required.
  • Faculty manage and maintain this program on a voluntary basis.


Office is not included in DreamSpark however it is available at an 80%+ discount

This offer is available to all college students.
Please verify the Office software requirements for your class with your instructor.

Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised 22 Aug 2014 15:38:46 -0700
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