How does the GitHub Student Developer Pack work?


You'd like to know more about the GitHub Student Developer Program.


The GitHub Student Developer Pack is a marketing program managed by GitHub. The program provides students with free access to developer tools from participating partners, including Heroku. Once registered in the program, student status lasts for 2 years but can be renewed upon request with proof of student status. Read more about it on GitHub's blog post.

Heroku Offer:

We are offering a new Heroku Hobby Dyno for each eligible student for up to 2 years, valued at $84/year, that provides support for single dynos that never sleep, and also allows features such as seamless deploy with GitHub, free SSL on custom domains, and the chance to try out the Heroku Developer Experience.

How do I sign up for the program?

You can sign up here.

Why is a credit card required to receive the free offering?

Credit card verification is a security requirement for all Heroku accounts wishing to use custom domains, third-party add-ons, and/or Hobby Dyno or higher plans. More information can be found here.

Debit cards with a VISA or MasterCard logo are also accepted for verification.

How can I check if I received my free dyno?

The free Hobby Dyno will be provided via platform credits that will be applied to the total on your invoice. For a personal account, these credits will appear under the Platform Credits section of your billing page (shown in sample image below).


Can the free dyno be applied to a Heroku Team account?

The offer is not available for Heroku Team accounts at this time.

Hey, I applied for my credits days/weeks ago and don't see them yet. What's wrong?

Make sure that the Heroku account you are requesting the credits under has a credit card on file in your Personal Account's billing page. If you do have a credit card on file and still haven't seen the credits show up, please send email inquiry to

More information is available in the FAQ.

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