Can new organisations be automatically granted education privileges?

(Lindsay Ward) #1

Hi. I just setup a new organisation to test out GitHub classroom and collecting students’ assignments as private repositories. But…

I have to request the ‘discount’ so I can have free private repos.
I already have several organisations with this discount, so I would like to suggest you could make it automatic that ‘confirmed’ academics/teachers get the discount on new repositories that they request it for.

Could that be possible?

Right now I have to wait for approval before I can try it out with students…
The message “You should be getting an email from us in a few weeks.” is a bit daunting.
Thank you!

(Scott Sanicki) #2

Hi Lindsay. Welcome.

We’re continuing to improve the application process, and are moving in the direction you propose. We appreciate your patience in the meantime. Application review typically only takes a few days. We caution that it may take up to two weeks in peak periods (like around the start of a new semester) to encourage teachers and students to apply early. If you’re running behind and need immediate assistance you may always follow up with us directly at

I’ve taken the liberty of approving the two pending applications for you that I saw. If there are others, please contact us.

(Rob Muhlestein) #3

As we prepare to create new branches of the school and departments I would really appreciate some sort of pre-approval as well. I’ve since deleted the new organization I requested last week and decided to manage it under the single organization currently. I have been particularly influenced by Gitter as well that automatically makes any member of a given organization an admin for all repos/rooms created by that organization. Getting a free gitter chat room per organization is just so easy to setup, but fundamentally depends on organization members as admins. (Gitter still has other challenges, for example, you cannot remove posts by others even if they are your students, so we’ve had to reconsider Gitter at the moment.) Eventually having GitHub team with a chat/messaging/collaboration service would just be ideal. For the moment we will continue with our invite only Slack channel.