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AndreasDaugbjergChristensen-6439 asked OuryBa-MSFT commented

Why is SQL database for students not free when documentation claim so?

Hi,

When I attempt to create a new SQL Database resource through the Azure portal I am presented with the price of thousands of DKK even though the documentation says a SQL database of 250gb is free for students.
I do have the subscription for students and able to create other resources, groups and so on without issue. No matter what configuration I choose while creating the database it is not free.
Any help is appreciated.

Best regards

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OuryBa-MSFT answered AndreasDaugbjergChristensen-6439 commented

Hi @AndreasDaugbjergChristensen-6439, Thank you for posting your question. Have you used all your credits ($100)? According to Try Azure Students free, Certain types and amounts of these services are free each month—while you have your credit.

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You can also use sandbox to create Free Azure SQL Databases. Check the link below
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/azure-database-fundamentals/exercise-create-sql-database

Regards,
Oury


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Thanks for replying.

I have not used any of my $100 but it is still not free to create a new SQL database through the Azure Portal nomatter the configuration and size of the database.

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MartinCairney-6481 answered OuryBa-MSFT commented

Hey Andreas

When you create a resource in the portal, the retail cost is always shown. This doesn't mean that you are going to pay that amount of money straight up though.

If you have a subscription with credit (e.g. the USD100 / month) shown in the response by OuryBa then what happens is that any resources you deploy start to count at the published rate against the credit limit. When they reach the limit within that month then the first thing that happens is that the resource becomes unavailable. To regain access to the resource you need to either wait until the start of the next cycle or at that point pay some money.

For the resources that are identified as Free for a Year - it is only very specific service tiers that are included - e.g. although it says 250GB space for SQL DB, this doesn't mean you can pick ANY amount of compute - only specific values are included and you'll need to check your specific T&Cs to extract that. Again, although the deployment will show a value, this doesn't mean you pay that out of your pocket unless you go above the limits of the offer.

You can track your progress towards any limits on the Billing page of the portal for your subscription.

Hope that clarifies things.

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Hi @AndreasDaugbjergChristensen-6439 Checking if the answer was helpful, If yes please do not forget to mark as accepted answer wherever information provided was helpful. Otherwise let us know how we can better assist you.

Regards,
Oury

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So I can create a database, but it will spend part of my $ 100 limit every month and will be available as long as there are credits or I can create a database and it will able 12 months free like other instances for a web app without using the credits?
Or I can use a database for free when I have positive balance credits?

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Hi @AndreasDaugbjergChristensen-6439 Sorry for the delay in my reponse.

If you finish $100 credit for one time only, not every month.

Please find in this link all questions and answers related to azure subscription for students. It should help.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/education-hub/azure-dev-tools-teaching/program-faq#azure-for-students

Regards,
Oury

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