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Get Office 365 - FREE

Microsoft and North Island College are offering Microsoft Office to every Student of North Island College free of charge for use on their own personal computing devices!
This means you will be able to download and install the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, and more! Go here for more info for PC, Go here for more info for Mac
As long as you’re a student at NIC and this program continues, you’ll be able to use Office software for free installed on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs (Compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 - Yosemite and higher).

Want to know more about versions of Office and subscription choices? Check out Microsoft's Website.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to check the minimum system requirements to ensure your computer makes the grade.

You will need an or email account (eg.

To get your copy of Office 365 follow these simple steps:
1 - Go to

2 - You will be asked to provide verification of NIC enrollment, this is done by entering your college email (eg.

3 - Click on "I'm a Student" 

4 - Upon verification ("We Know You!") it will prompt you to "sign in", enter your college email and use your current myNIC password.

***IF your myNIC password is not working, we suggest you change your myNIC password by following these instructions, or you can reset your password here***

5 - Continue following the remaining prompts (It will ask you to invite your friends, etc.)

You will now be authorized to use Office365!

6 - In the main Office365 log in page you can download and install office on up to of your personal devices!

Thereafter you can access this website by going to and "Sign in" in the top right corner.

If you have any troubles following this procedure, please contact us directly through Ask a Question

For more detailed information regarding this process, please visit the Office 365 installation support page or check out the office support videos

Getting Started

Below are some guides provided by Microsoft to help you get started using Office 2013 (and for the most part 2016).

Each guide has a brief description with screen shots to help get you going on your personal assignments. 

***Please note that you'll need a PDF viewer such as Adobe in order to access these files.***

Microsoft Office Video Tutorials

Follow any of the links below to find videos and information regarding three of the main Office programs:

Word Training

- How to edit the Header and add Page Numbers

PowerPoint Training

Excel Training

Outlook for iOS and Android Devices

*** For information on how to setup Outlook on your mobile device, go to the "Mobile Devices at NIC" tab on the left, or go here***

Important: If you’re on a mobile device, for the best experience we recommend that you install the latest Microsoft app for your device: Outlook for iOS or Outlook for Android.

If you have an Office 365 for business or education account, or if your organization uses Exchange 2013, you can use OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad to access your email, calendar, and contacts. The app looks and feels like signing into your account using Safari, without having to enter your user name and password each time. The app adds features that you won’t see when signing in through Safari, such as contact sync, reminders, and new message notification.

When you first launch the app, you’ll be asked to enter your Office 365 name and password, which are then stored on your device.

Why use Outlook for Mobile?      Screen icon for Outlook Web App for iPhone or iPad

Tired of signing on to myNIC to check your email? Outlook for mobile supports offline access to your email, calendar, and contacts. The most recent items are downloaded to your device every time you use the app while online. While offline, you can read and respond to downloaded messages and meeting requests. You can also create new messages, calendar items, and contacts. When you first install the app, you will see Setting up this app to work offline. This may take a few minutes at the bottom of the screen. Next you will see This app is ready to use offline. From then on, every time you use the app while you’re online, it will update the offline information.

Outlook for mobile also offers notifications which can be set according to your needs.

iPhone lock screen showing OWA for iPhone meeting alert

You can learn about setting other options at this link: Outlook Web App options on a mobile device.

What if I want to know more?

  • Offline synchronization copies message information from the previous three days, plus one month of past and up to six months of future calendar information. If you have more than 750 future calendar items in six months, only three months will be synchronized.

  • In addition to your Inbox, Drafts, Contacts, and Calendar, five other message folders that you’ve used recently will be synchronized for offline access. Which folders are synced will change depending on how often you access them. As an alternative, you can select up to five message folders to sync. Each folder that you choose will take the place of one of the five that would have been automatically synced.

  • If you’ve synchronized your contacts with your device and have your device configured to synchronize with iCloud, your contacts will also be synchronized with iCloud.

  • If you stop Contact sync while your device is configured to synchronize with iCloud, the contacts synchronized through Contact sync will be removed from your device and from iCloud.

  • If you stop iCloud synchronization but continue Contact sync, you’ll be given a choice to keep the contacts synchronized through Contact sync in iCloud, or remove them. If you keep them in iCloud, and later stop Contact sync, the contacts will remain in iCloud.

  • You can’t sign out from OWA for iPhone or OWA for iPad. To remove your sign in information and any downloaded content, remove the app from your device.

  • For information about how to connect to your account using the email, calendar, and contacts apps that come preinstalled on your devices, see Set up email on Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

  • To learn more about the app, see the blog post that introduces and describes OWA for iPhone and OWA for iPad.

  • If you have an Office 365 account see Office 365 mobile setup - Help for information about how to use Office 365 on your phone or tablet.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What devices can I use Office 365 ProPlus on?
Office supports PCs and Windows tablets running Windows 7 or higher, and Macs with Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. Office for iPad can be installed on iPads running version 7.0 or higher. For information about mobile devices, visit

2. What happens when I graduate? 
When you graduate, your Office 365 subscription through your institution ends upon graduation. You may enroll into other consumer or commercial offers available. If you have Office 365 Education at your school, you should make sure to transfer all your files from your school OneDrive to your personal OneDrive prior to graduation. 

3. What does Office 365 ProPlus include?
Office 365 ProPlus comes with a full version of Office and familiar Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and more. Office 365 ProPlus is a user-based service and allows each student to install on up to five PCs or Macs, and five tablets (iPad) and access Office mobile applications on iPhone and Android phones. (Office Mobile applications are included with all Windows phones). More information here.

4. Can students install Office for iPad through this Office 365 ProPlus benefit? 
Yes, this would count towards the limit of installing it on 5 tablets. Just install the applications and sign in with your school ID. 

5. Does this replace the Office 365 University product or Office Home & Student? 
No, Office 365 University will continue to be sold to enable students at colleges and universities that do not take advantage of, or qualify for, this free benefit and likewise for the Office 365 Home Premium offer. 

6. How is the value proposition different for Office 365 University and Office 365 ProPlus for students?
Office 365 University includes 60 minutes per month of Skype premium. 
Office 365 ProPlus includes additional organizational applications such as Lync and a number of added technologies for organizational uses (Information Rights Management as one example) that are not available in Office 365 University. When schools combine the Office 365 ProPlus benefit with Office 365 Education, students get access to more advanced collaboration tools such as Outlook and Lync. 

7. If I recently purchased Office and am now also be eligible for free Office 365 ProPlus though my school, will I receive any credit and/or compensation?
No. The Office purchased is a consumer offering and students can continue to take advantage of the purchased offer.  

8. If I have already installed Office 365 University on my computer, what will happen if I attempt to install Office 365 ProPlus? 
The office client supports having both an Office 365 personal account (used when you signed up for Office 365 University) and a school account (login provided by your school), students will be able to remain signed in with both. The Office install will have both your personal and institution ID associated with it after the installation. 

9. I need help installing, where do I go?
If you are having issues installing Office, visit Install Office on your PC or Mac with Office 365 for business for installation instructions. 

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