Microsoft Project Student Version Download 2022 for Mac/Windows

Efficient management of school projects is essential for achieving great results on time. Although there are many project management solutions, the most preferred one for students is Microsoft Project. This tutorial will guide you on how to download the latest version of Microsoft Project for students and teachers.

Microsoft Project is a simple yet powerful project management software that helps to stay focused and organized whether you’re tackling small or large projects. It lets you collaborate with colleagues to ensure everyone is on the same track. It assists project managers with developing project strategies and tactics, outlining and delegating tasks, precisely tracking progress and timelines, managing finance and team workload, and much more.

The software is available in Standard and Professional editions depending on management level and project complexity.

The file format is .mpp

MS Project can be downloaded as a standalone program to your computer or used as a web-based app. The main difference is that the cloud version has a collaboration feature that lets team members participate from other computer devices or smartphones. Also, the on-premise version doesn’t work with Mac operating system, so you won’t be able to install it on your Macbook device. The only workaround for Apple users is to use a web-based version as it can be accessed through Safari browser.

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Regarding pricing, the main difference between the versions is that the web-based edition is paid monthly, starting from $10 per user/month, and the on-premise edition is a one-time purchase starting from $679.99.

Download and access Microsoft Project for students (trial)

As of right now, there is no specific license for students, just a time-limited option.

  1. Go to the official MS Project website
  2. Click on “See products and pricing”
  3. Click on “try free for one month” under the Plan you intend to use. Our suggestion is to go for the bigger plan since you will be using it for free for the next 30 days.
  4. The next step is to set up a Microsoft account. If you already have one, then use the existing credentials to log in and skip the following steps. Otherwise, start by entering an email address and then click the “Next” button
  5. On the next page, enter your details such as your full name, phone number, country and company name
  6. Verify your identity and phone number by entering a code that you’ll receive to the number you entered in the previous step. Click the “Verify” button to continue
  7. Enter a unique username and a custom domain name where your projects will be hosted and click “Save”. A domain name can be anything you want, it doesn’t have to be a company name.
  8. On the next page, set up a password.
  9. Log in to Microsoft dashboard with username and password that you just created
  10. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the link to start the free trial
  11. Then go to admin dashboard and click on Open Project for web

It may be required to enter the billing information before accessing the software. Just make sure to cancel the subscription before the trial period expires if you don’t want to continue using it and be charged for the next month.

Older versions of MC Project

Older non-cloud versions (2021, 2016, 2013) might have longer trial periods yet similar functionalities. Retired editions can be downloaded only from unofficial sources. According to our testing, the 2016 version has the longest trial period of 180 days, which is more than enough to master the skills for using the software or complete any short-term assignment.

Another solution is to buy an older version through a marketplace such as eBay. Oftentimes companies that move to new versions liquidate old software by reselling it along with the product key. This is a great alternative for students looking to save money.

Remember that the work you save in a newer version might not work on the older one, only the other way around. For web-based editions, there is no workaround, only to subscribe and use it through the official MS account dashboard. The free trial has no functional limitations.

Alternatives to Microsoft Project

Wrike – Web-based AI project management tool perfect for students and teachers looking for alternatives to costly software. It comes with a forever-free plan and lots of cutting-edge functions such as collaborations across different device types, AI task recommendations, hundreds of integrations, and much more.

ClickUp – Forever free plan with unlimited tasks and free plan members, collaborative docs, whiteboards, real-time chat, email in ClickUp, Kanban boards, sprint management, time tracking, in-app video recording

nTask Manager – Forever-free plan that comes with the ability to add unlimited tasks and workspaces, access to issues tracking, meetings and time tracking, as well as to add up to 5 team members.


With over 20 million users, MS Project is the leading project management tool, especially for Windows users. However, since Microsoft is moving to provide cloud-based services, Mac users can enjoy their services as well through a web browser. This quick guide demonstrated how students can access this software through a free 30-day trial, as well as what are some good free and paid alternatives. For smaller projects and school assignments, MS Project can be overmuch. Oftentimes students use simpler tools to get the same job done faster, as MS Project is considered an advanced software that requires a little bit of training before using it to its full potential.

Ratna Sushila
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