Amazon Web Services (AWS), Free Resources for Students and Instructors

AWS Free Resources and Accounts for Students and Instructors

The University does not provide free AWS accounts for students to use, except if it is required for a course. However, here are some alternatives.

  • AWS Free Tier account provides 2 months free use of many Amazon services such as SageMaker to learn or explore Machine learning: https://aws.amazon.com/free/ and https://aws.amazon.com/pm/sagemaker/. Many other services are free to use, up to certain limits.
  • You can also create your own AWS account and pay for it through a credit card. https://aws.amazon.com/premiumsupport/knowledge-center/create-and-activate-aws-account. Many services have free usage, up to certain limits.
  • AWS offers SageMaker Studio Lab, a free notebook environment for customers that want to learn and experiment with machine learning code and models. Key benefits are:
    • Completely free, you only need a valid email - no credit card or AWS account required
    • No Set Up required - enabling you to focus on the data science lesson, not the configuration headaches
    • Based on the open source community Project Jupyter
    • Access to both CPU (12 hours per user session) and GPU (4 hours per user session)
    • 15 GBs of persistent storage - enabling you and your students to save work in between user sessions
    • Tight integration to Github
    • Terminal access
    • For instructors who want to use SageMaker Studio Lab in your classrooms, AWS can issue reference codes to enable students to also get access immediately. For more information, contact Luke Chirhart.
  • AWS Credits:
    • AWS Activate provides credits for startups. If you are working toward a solution for possible commercialization you can apply for $1000 of credits. 
    • AWS credits for Proof-of-Concept (POC) projects. You can contact Luke Chirhart, chirhart@amazon.com, our Account Manager at AWS for some AWS credits to experiment with AWS services toward a research project. Funding is typically for three months to validate the project.
    • AWS Cloud Credit for Research provides larger amounts of credits for research projects after the POC phase. Submit brief, single-page proposals to get short term credits for AWS usage. No limits on faculty awards. Student awards are limited to $5000. For more information, see AWS Cloud Credit for Research FAQs.
  • NIH & NSF AWS Credits: Submit research project proposals to AWS Research Initiatives (ARI) for funding from NSF or NIH to use AWS compute resources
  • AWS Training
    • AWS Educate is a free, self-paced environment to help you learn cloud technology. See the AWS Ramp-Up Guide: Machine Learning for a list of courses.
    • AWS Academy provides free access to AWS but only through a series of courses provided by AWS that are part of an existing course. Instructors wanting to incorporating AWS Academy materials in their courses can find more information AWS Educate and AWS.

Here are some alternatives from other providers.

Questions: Send an email to aws-support@illinois.edu



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OwnerKen T.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2022-07-03 15:46:58Updated2024-01-26 10:34:52
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