Assign Microsoft Teams licenses for education

This article is for IT admins in education who need to assign Team licenses to their faculty, staff, and students.

To get your users ready for Teams, you'll need to:

  1. Enable Microsoft Teams for your school in the Microsoft 365 admin center.
  2. Assign licenses to user accounts for access to Microsoft 365 services, including Teams.

Ways to assign Teams licenses

You can assign licenses to user accounts either:

This article will walk you through how to assign licenses in the Microsoft 365 admin center.

In the Microsoft 365 admin center, you can assign licenses to users on either:

  • The Licenses page to assign product licenses to specific users.
  • The Active Users page to assign users' licenses to specific products.


You must be a Global admin, Billing admin, License admin, or User management admin. For more information, see About Office 365 admin roles.

Assign licenses to users on the Licenses page

On the Licenses page, you see a list of all the products you have subscriptions for, the total number of licenses for each product, how many licenses are assigned, and how many are available.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Billing > Licenses page.

  2. Select a product for which you want to assign licenses. Microsoft Teams is part of the free Microsoft 365 A1 for Students SKU.

  3. Select Assign licenses.

  4. In the Assign licenses to users pane, begin typing a name, which should generate a list of names.

  5. Choose the name you're looking for from the results to add it to the list. You can add up to 20 users at a time.

  6. Select Turn apps and services on or off to assign or remove access to specific items, such as Microsoft Teams. Ensure Microsoft Teams and Office for the web (Education) are selected.

  7. When you're finished, select Assign, then select Close.

Change the apps and services a user has access to

  1. Select the row that contains the user.

  2. In the right pane, select or deselect the apps and services that you want to give access to, or remove access from.

  3. When you're finished, select Save, then select Close.

Assign licenses to users on the Active users page

  1. In the admin center, go to the Users > Active users page.

  2. Select the circles next to the name(s) of the user(s) you want to assign license(s) to.

  3. At the top, select Manage product licenses.

  4. In the Manage product licenses pane, select Add to existing product license assignments > Next.

  5. In the Add to existing products pane, switch the toggle to the On position for the license that you want the selected users to have. Ensure Microsoft Teams and Office for the web (Education) are selected.

    By default, all services associated with those license(s) are automatically assigned to the user(s). You can limit which services are available to the users. Switch the toggles to the Off position for the services that you don't want the users to have.

  6. At the bottom of the pane, select Add > Close.