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October 1, 2014

Drive for Education Offers Free Unlimited Storage for Students

Forget about notebooks and binders — Google is offering students a new way to store all of their files online, no matter how much storage they need.

Dubbed Drive for Education, Google is describing the new service as “an infinitely large, ultra-secure and entirely free bookbag for the 21st century.”

Drive for Education will be available for free to all Google Apps for Education customers. It will include:

  • Unlimited storage: Drive for Education will support individual files up to 5TB in size.
  • Google Apps Vault: A “solution for search and discovery for compliance needs,” will be coming free to all users by year’s end.
  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API will enable users to see the activity of a file.

“We want educators and students who use Google Apps for Education to be able to focus on the learning experience—not the technology that supports it,” Google said in a blog post. “With Drive for Education, users can put an end to worries about storage limits and more easily maintain a safe, effective and compliant learning environment.”

Every file uploaded to Google Drive will be encrypted from the device being used to Google as well as in transit between Google data centers and while it is on Google servers.

“As always, the data that schools and students put into our systems is theirs,” Google added. “Classroom, which recently launched to Google Apps for Education users, makes using Drive in school even better by automatically organizing all Classroom assignments into Drive folders. And Google Apps for Education remains free to nonprofit educational institutions with no ads or ads-related scanning.”