Affordable Technology and Discounts

Resources During the Coronavirus Situation

During the coronavirus situation, the following special offers are available:

Charter Communications is temporarily offering free access to Spectrum internet.

Affordable Technology

If you receive federal Pell Grant funds, you can purchase a Chromebook from the Central Piedmont Barnes & Noble College Bookstore website with your leftover aid (if eligible).

Software Discounts

  • Apple discounts: Apple products are available at discounted education rates for students
  • Microsoft discounts: students and faculty can use Microsoft software for free by logging in to the Central Piedmont Cloud.
  • Microsoft Office 365: Microsoft offers a free version of Microsoft Office 365 to our faculty, staff, and students. This version of Microsoft Office is delivered via Microsoft’s Cloud. You may also download the Microsoft Office applications to your personal computer if you sign-up for a premium account at $6.99 a month. Once you stop paying the monthly fee, your application license will expire, and you will no longer be able to use Microsoft Office on your computer. Sign up on the Sign up for Microsoft Office 365.
  • HP discounts
  • Game design software discounts: discounts on software and more via
  • Dell: discounts are available to both students and faculty through Dell's Member Purchase and Employee Discount Program. Central Piedmont Dell discount member ID: US122107236
  • Spring discount program: students receive 10% off select Sprint plans via their GSTDT_ZST CorpID
    • To shop, visit your local Sprint Store or call Sprint telesales at 1.866.639.8354 and tell the Sprint representative that you receive a Sprint Central Piedmont student 10% discount under CorpID GSTDT_ZST.
    • After activation, you must visit from your smart device or computer to apply the discount. You will need to upload a photo of your active student ID to the verification site during this process,
    • If you are an existing Sprint customer that need the Sprint Central Piedmont discount added, visit from your smart device or computer, enter your email address, and Sprint will immediately send you an email; open the email and click the verification link by the date provided.

Internet Discounts

The following is a list of vendors who provide various services for affordable broadband:

Mobile Hotspot Discounts


Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly Microsoft Imagine)

Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly Microsoft Imagine) is an online software system where, if authorized, you can download and access a wide range of Microsoft developer tools, servers, and platforms. There is no charge to download the software as long as you are an eligible user in the system.

Software titles available through Azure Dev tools include:

  • Windows Server Operating Systems
  • Windows Desktop Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Server Products (e.g. Exchange and SQL)
  • Visual Studio Suites
  • Expression Studio (Formerly Frontpage)
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Project

To access the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching, you will need to create a Microsoft account using your Central Piedmont email address:

  • Go to
  • Click the “Sign-in” button.
  • When prompted to enter your email address, click “Create one” link below the email field and enter your Central Piedmont email.
  • Create a password (this password is managed separately from your Central Piedmont account password).
  • You will receive a verification code via email; enter the code from the email and click the next button.
  • You will then be prompted with a security text image, enter the text from the image and click next.
  • On the academic verification page, enter your Central Piedmont email address into both fields and click the “Verify academic status and accept terms” button.
  • You will then receive another verification email; select the link in this email and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • After signing in you will be taken to the Azure education quick start page.

To download software from Azure Dev Tools for teaching after setting up your account:

  • Go to
  • Click the “Sign-in” button and you will be taken to the Azure education quick start page.
  • From the quick start page click the “View All” option under the “Get Software” section to be taken to a listing of the tools available for download; selecting tools from this list will open a panel with a download link and a product key.
  • Click view key and then download.

Central Piedmont is licensed under the MSDN Academic Alliance Program. E-academy Inc., a partner of Microsoft, provides Azure.