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When will my application be approved?

  • When will my application be approved?

    Applications may take several weeks to be approved.

    We’re working as fast as we can but the review process can take a while especially during times where we receive high volumes of applications, such as the start of a new semester.

    If your school email is trusted, it could take as little as a few minutes. If we have concerns about your school’s domain we’ll get in touch to ask for supplementary documentation of your current student status.

    Uploaded proof requires additional scrutiny, which may take more time to review. We do our best to review all applications within two weeks of being submitted.

GitHub Student Developer Pack

What proof can I provide to support my application?

  • What proof can I provide to support my application?

    Submitting a school-issued email address is preferred because once we verify that the domain is associated with a qualifying institution and that the school’s email policies disallow non-student use of those emails, we can approve applicants using those domains faster.

    If your school doesn’t issue email, or we do not consider your school’s email sufficient to demonstrate your current academic status, then we will ask for a different form of proof. This could be a dated student ID, a current registration document, a time-stamped screenshot of your school portal, a letter on school letterhead confirming you are a currently-registered student, etc.

  • I added my school-issued email, but I don’t see it.

    Did you remember to verify it? Unverified email addresses will not appear. Once verified, refresh the application page for your email to appear. As an anti-fraud measure, email addresses with plus signs are not accepted.

    How do I verify my email?

  • I tried my school-issued email, but I’m still being asked for additional proof.

    To qualify as a sole form of academic verification, GitHub requires that school-issued email be provided exclusively to currently-registered students—not to everyone who has applied to the school, nor retained by alumni of the school. We also monitor trends in academic domain usage to weed out potentially compromised domains.

    If your student email cannot be used as a sole form of proof, upload another form of supporting documentation.

  • My school does not provide student emails or IDs. What can I submit to prove that I’m a student?
    As long as the proof you submit demonstrates current enrollment, GitHub will consider any documentation you provide. If we cannot accept your uploaded proof on your first attempt, you will receive an email asking you to submit supplementary information.
  • I’ve been rejected, but I’m really a student. What should I do?

    Don’t panic you are welcome to re-apply with additional documentation. If you weren’t approved, we may have had trouble reading the image, or we may need additional information. Trying to resubmit the same information will only produce the same results.

    learn more about a few common use cases and situations where we’ll need additional information from you.

  • How long will it take for my application to be reviewed?

    If your school email is trusted, it could take as little as a few minutes. If we have concerns about your school's domain we'll ask for official, dated documentation of your current student status.

    Uploaded proof requires additional scrutiny, which may take more time to review. We do our best to review all applications within two weeks of being submitted. The application process may take a little longer during times where we receive high volumes of applications, such as the start of a new semester.

  • My application wasn’t accepted. What should I do?

    You may need to provide additional documentation before we can approve your application. A common problem is that the uploaded proof was undated, or the photo was too blurry. Regardless of the reason, we’ll try to provide context so that your next application has a greater chance of success.

    We evaluate all of the proof that you provide us collectively. This means that when you apply again we consider the additional documentation to be a part of the provided proof from your initial attempt.

  • Why can’t I use a letter of acceptance?
    Letters of acceptance do not demonstrate actual enrollment at a school. Acceptance at a school doesn’t mean that’s the school you chose to attend.
  • It’s summer and I’m in-between schools. What do I do?
    If you recently graduated or transferred, you can still apply using the school where you were registered.
  • My institution doesn’t qualify, but I want the Pack. What do I do?
    GitHub’s goal is to help learners of all types. If your institution doesn’t qualify you for the Pack, ask an instructor to apply for your school to become a GitHub Campus partner.
  • Still having problems?
    We’re working to make the Pack as easy for students to use as possible. Over the next year, we’ll continue to make the Pack as usable (and valuable) as possible. If you’re still experiencing issues, contact us for help.

GitHub Student Developer Pack

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