Fortunately, you can avail of their academic software versions. The basic requirement is that you should be able to prove that you are a student - or a teacher, for that matter - before you can purchase them, which means a valid school ID card, is sufficient for the purpose. You can either contact your school's bookstore for discounts or order the version online via a software reseller.
Most of us may believe that academic software is primarily designed for children who either have learning disabilities or are having trouble catching up in class. This notion is certainly understandable as today's educational requirements can be quite demanding in certain fields such as math and science.
Academic discount software is available in different versions that are targeted at different customers. OEM (other equipment manufacturers) version discount software is sold to resellers or retailers, educational discount version is designed for students and the full package version is targeted at customers who want the software with original packaging and printed manual.
You will find a wide range of affordable and OEM software for home, school, work and play. Have a look at deals of the week, best sellers and new arrivals from application software to computer games. If you modify your open source system too extensively you may find it difficult to upgrade to new versions without incurring major costs.