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Free Microsoft Office for Families

Families & Students

Capistrano Unified School District is excited to support our community's success by providing all enrolled students and their families with the full desktop (installed) version of Office for free on up to 5 devices.  The web-based version is also available for download at no cost.  This software available for home use on a PC, Mac or mobile device thanks to our partnership with Microsoft. 


Office 2016 is the recommended version of Office 365 ProPlus and includes all the latest upgrades and new features. Microsoft recommends that you install Office 2016 as soon as possible to have the latest and greatest features and support. Please navigate to the resources provided below to learn more. Support for the 2013 versions of Office 365 ProPlus ends February 28, 2017.


The online suite includes Word Online, OneNote Online, PowerPoint Online, Excel Online, and OneDrive for storage.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Microsoft Office?

Microsoft Office 2016 is a subscription-based office software and services suite hosted online in the cloud which offers access to various services and software built around the Microsoft Office platform.


Does this replace my Google Account?

No, Google accounts are here to stay.  This is a home use convenience for families and students provided by Microsoft.


What is the Cloud?

"The cloud" can simply be described as a metaphor for the Internet. Applications and services hosted in the cloud are all accessible via the Internet and the data stored is held in a remote location. As such, cloud-based applications and services can be accessed from anywhere in the world from a multitude of devices such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.


What are the primary benefits of Office?

Office 2016 allows end users to access their documents and files from anywhere in the world and on virtually any device. Moving to a new cloud-based system will enable CUSD families and students to have a wider range of functionality while saving a significant amount of operational expense.


How is Office different from Microsoft Office?

"Office 2016" refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services), such as Lync web conferencing and additional online storage with OneDrive.

"Microsoft Office" is the name Microsoft still uses for their productivity software. Office suites have traditionally included applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. All the new Office suites (for example, Office Standard 2013) include the latest versions of these applications. These suites can be installed on only one PC and do not come with any cloud-based services included in Office 365.


What is OneDrive?

OneDrive provides storage in "the cloud" so that you can keep and share all of your documents, photos and videos even if something happens to your computer or device. OneDrive works with Microsoft Office and also can be accessed across different devices. OneDrive provides unlimited personal cloud storage, meaning, you don't have to worry about running out of space! A common use of OneDrive at schools is for storage of important files, assignments, and lesson plans. It can also be used as a way to collaborate with students, allowing them to "share" assignments with you rather than turning in a hard copy.


What happens when my student graduates from CUSD?

Your CUSD Office subscription ends when your enrollment at a CUSD school terminates. You may enroll into other consumer or commercial offers available. You should make sure to transfer any personal files from your school OneDrive to your personal OneDrive prior to leaving the District.


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You will need two things:


Student Email address:
While CUSD does not currently provide students with email accounts, an email address is required for Microsoft logins. Your student’s CUSD username followed by will form the email address you should use to log in. Example:


Student Password:
The default password is your student’s 7-digit Permanent ID Number followed by the letter a.  Example: 1234567a.  

High School students choose their own password so please ask them for it. If they cannot remember their password, have them go to their school library to reset their password.  


Click Here for help in determining your student's login information from the Parent/Student portal. 


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Get Started:


Online Version

  1. Visit the Microsoft portal by clicking here

  2. Log in with your username and password.

  3. Click the “Install now” button.

 Desktop Version:

  1. Visit the Office download location by clicking here

  2. Log in with your username and password.

  3. Click the “Install Office” link.

Need Help?


Having issues installing Office 2016? Click Here for additional help.


Help Click Here for help in determining your student's login information from the Parent/Student portal.


CUSD is unable to respond to any home requests for tech support, as in line with District policies, we do not support  non-CUSD computers or devices. 

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