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Education Grants FAQ

What is the SketchUp Pro Education License Grant?

Typically, SketchUp Pro licenses have to be purchased. This grant of SketchUp Pro educational licenses to schools on a statewide, or in some cases, university-wide, basis allows educators access to a great learning tool without any costs incurred.

We highly recommend downloading Google Earth (it’s free) as well. SketchUp Pro and Google Earth have an amazing interface which allows for contextual modeling in real world, geo-located places on Google Earth.

What is SketchUp Pro?

SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. Educators are using it on many grade levels and in many subject areas from computer technology to math, geography, and science. At the university level, departments of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, game design, construction management, and film and stage design are all using SketchUp Pro.

What is Google Earth?

Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

Who is eligible for the license grant?

All states within the United States, and international equivalents. Only specially approved universities in regions we designate are eligible as well.

How do we apply?

Have your state technology director fill out the K-12 application form. For university requests, please contact us. We currently have grants for select African universities.

What types of licenses will we be receiving?

University grants will be customized for your school’s specific configuration. For statewide K-12 grants, your state's technology director will receive a 7 page spreadsheet containing the following types of license codes:

  • Networked Lab Licenses - your state technology director or administrator will provide the same code to each school to install and use on their own networks.
  • Laptop Licenses - your state technology director or administrator will provide the same code to each school to install and use on their own laptops, that are used both at home and at school, if needed. These codes are not to be installed on student-owned machines.
  • 30 Single-User Licenses) - these are individual codes to hand out to teachers at each school. Single-user codes can be used by multiple people if on different IP addresses/networks, thus the same set of 30 codes can be provided to each school. If an individual school/ip address has more than 30 teachers, contact us and we can provide additional licenses.
How does SketchUp Pro lab licensing work?

Networked Lab Licenses are intended for installation on computers in a networked lab situation, and are floating network licenses. Windows network installations require one of the machines on the network to act as a license server; other computers must be able to 'see' this machine on the network in order for the Lab License to work. On Mac networks, no license server is necessary.

Is our license a perpetual or termed license?

All license codes are good for 3 years, and upon expiration, you may contact us for a new license.

How long will it take for us to receive our license codes after we have filled out the application form?

It can take up to two weeks for your license request to be processed.

Are version upgrades free?

All version upgrades are free as long as your license code has not expired. Please contact us to request an upgrade.

Is there any cost at all to us?

No, this type of licensing is a grant consisting of networked lab seats and single-user educator licenses. There is no cost to you or your schools.

How can our students use SketchUp at home?

We suggest having your students download our free product, SketchUp Make, for home use.

Are SketchUp Pro Networked Lab License holders eligible for free technical support?

License administrators with active SketchUp Pro Lab Licenses are eligible for free email technical support . Please note that free email technical support is available only to the license administrator; students and faculty who use SketchUp Pro on individual laptops are not eligible for this service.

If you need help, please keep in mind that answers to most questions can be found in the SketchUp Help Center. It's free, it's exhaustive, and it's available 24 hours a day.

Where can teachers and students get training on SketchUp?

Start with a series of basics video tutorials we’ve created.

Public Training
Learn SketchUp in a classroom environment from an instructor-led, hands on training class.

Video Tutorials
Narrated videos that cover everything from basic to advanced SketchUp topics

Self-Paced Tutorials
Special SketchUp files designed to let you learn at your own pace