Unreal Engine: Free for Academic Use!

You heard correctly!

Starting now, Epic has made Unreal Engine 4 free to use for colleges and universities. The engine can be installed and used on all school owned computers, and personal copies can be provided free of charge to all students enrolled in accredited video game development, computer science, art, architecture, simulation, and visualization programs.

In addition, schools and their students will receive regular updates as if subscribed, but without having to pay the $19 monthly fee. Launch of commercial products is still subject to the 5% royalty. For complete details, please see the FAQ.

Read The Official Announcement
Educators: Sign Up Your School at the Unreal Engine Education Home Page
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Also - we’ve opened a new forum for questions, feedback, and all other educational comments: UE4 for Schools. Drop us a line!

Update 10/7: Students can now obtain access to UE4 directly for free through our collaboration with GitHub’s Student Pack


How are you guys going to check to see if the students are still students? Will students just need to get new licences from their teachers every 3 years or something like that?

This is good news. Wish something like this was around back when I was in school, good for people today though. =)

How restrictive are the categories of students able to get free licences? I’m a student nurse and I’m happy paying for my personal licence to develop educational healthcare apps, but it’d be amazing if I could get some other people on my course to at least try it for free. UE4 has a game changing level of approachability I think could enable a hell of a lot more people and professions than just the typical gaming/visualisation crowd.

“personal copies can be provided free of charge to all students enrolled in accredited video game development, computer science, art, architecture, simulation, and visualization programs.”

Only the school will get it or individual students too? I mean if a student apply for that, can he get it too?

^^ This, I need to know before I die of disappointment and or frustration of not being able to get a subscription yet…

It is up to the institution to request codes for its students. Please be sure to discuss this with your school so that they may begin the process. Send this link to your teacher or administrator to start:


In the unfortunate event that your school may decide to not go with UE4, you can still get a personal subscription for only $19. :slight_smile:

This indeed is a great news

Okay so i just bought yesterday 2 seats for Unreal Engine 4 as a student (need it for my project). And now your telling me that its free…any chance i can get my money back?:wink:

I saw that, the point is courses might have incidental modules where UE4 would be of great value without the overall course being in those areas. And Epic may have a restrictive or permissive view of what counts for those categories. If I create a communication training app for nurses, it looks like an RPG and could be described as a simulation. Does that count? It’s hard to tell from what’s been said so far. If it doesn’t count, I’d suggest Epic are looking at this too narrowly.

Hi, that’s great news! I’m a teacher in French school Ludus Academie, and I’d like to get licences for my students. However, the (quite poor) school’s website ( doesn’t have an URL mentioning anyone as “administrator/faculty/teacher” as is required on the form. Is it possible to send another proof? I have an International Teacher Identity Card issued by the school that proves I’m a teacher there, or I can ask the manager to send any kind of document required. Please let me know how I should proceed.

This is good news, though rather unfortunate for those of us who are not attending university but are students of game development nonetheless.

Hi ghost87,

First you will want to make sure that your school is requesting and distributing codes to its students. Then, you are welcome to contact to discuss the situation with us.


Those students can subscribe to UE4, worth every penny :stuck_out_tongue:

Hi Stephen,
Just to check if you got my message :slight_smile: Just waiting for instructions to do whatever is required, whether it’s contacting the school’s administrators to ask for a solution or mailing directly or anything else! Thanks in advance :slight_smile:

Hi Thomas. Sorry for the delay. We did see your original message and are evaluating the situation. We are still working to improve how we handle unique cases, and we thank you for your patience.

OK Stephen, great, thanks! I’ll be patiently waiting for an update on this then. Do feel free to ask if you require any information!

It’s unfortunate that this is only for Colleges/Universities and not schools. We contacted and were sadly turned down. Still the $19/mo price point is still reasonable compared to other alternatives.