There are Usage Guidelines specified by Microsoft about what is acceptable and not acceptable concerning the DreamSpark Premium service. Students who do not qualify to get a DreamSpark Premium account can get access to the regular DreamSpark service (details below).
The DreamSpark Premium service is available to students and faculty who are a Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering major or to any student taking a CMPE, CMSC, or ENEE class. Software is to be used as a requirement for the class, such as projects or some type of assignment.
Students who are not a major in any CSEE program will be required to show proof that they are actively enrolled in a CMPE, CMSC, or ENEE class.
Students and faculty in CSEE Research Labs can have access to DreamSpark Premium to acquire and use software as part of a research project.
UMBC club requirement
Only students who are a Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or Electrical Engineering major may get access to DreamSpark Premium to acquire software for a use withing a UMBC club.
Microsoft allows any registered UMBC student to get access to the basic DreamSpark service. This is not supported by CSEE since authentication verification is maintained by UMBC's main IT group. If there are any problems, please open an Information Technology ticket with the Technology Support Center