Why don't all of my GitHub Student Credits appear in my account?

Issue

You've been accepted to the GitHub Student Developer Program and are curious why the bulk total of $168 in credits does not show in your Personal Heroku account.

Resolution

The GitHub Student Developer Program is a 2-year program the encompasses $168 worth of credits that apply at a maximum of $7 per month to your Personal Heroku account. The date your GitHub Developer Credits begin is based on the date you submitted your application to the program.

Once your application is approved and the $168 worth of credits are applied to your account, $7 will be deducted each month from your pool of credits — regardless of whether or not you are running a Hobby dyno.

Example 1

  • You've applied to the GitHub Developer Program in January and have been approved for the program.
  • You see that $168 are available in your Personal Heroku account under Account Settings > Billing > Platform Credits
  • During the months of January, March, and April you haven't launched any applications; no dynos are running in your Personal Heroku account
  • You check your Platform Credits in April and view that $154 credits are remaining.

Example 2

  • You've applied to the GitHub Developer Program in January and have been approved for the program.
  • You see that $168 are available in your Personal Heroku account under Account Settings > Billing > Platform Credits
  • During the months of January, March, and April you successfully launch 2 applications and have 2 Hobby dynos running in your Personal account.
  • You check your Platform Credits in April and view that $154 credits are remaining.

Summary

Regardless if you have used the GitHub Student Credits applied to your Personal Heroku account, they will still be deducted from your Platform Credit Balance at a rate of $7 per month.

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