This last year, Google announced that an increase to the Chrome Education Upgrade pricing would be coming. Thankfully, the increase was delayed until March 9, 2021 to help relieve any further constraint on schools and businesses impacted by COVID.
Most school districts buy Chromebooks and additional hardware or software towards the end of the school year. This allows them to deploy them over the summer break. Schools typically do not budget for a price increase, such as this, during the early months of the calendar year. However, the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program (ILTPP) can help by providing pre-negotiated discounts with Google partners.
Chrome Education Upgrade pricing of $30 will be increasing to $38 per device license. While ILTPP members were already saving considerably on these licenses, this also means contract pricing will rise.
The $8 price increase is due to extending the Auto Update Expiration (AUE) policy from 6.5 years to 8 years. This allows Google to have many more features such as enhanced management capabilities, improved OS management, and tighter access restriction settings. There will also be additional rollouts of new productivity and collaboration updates being made in the near future.
If your school or district would like to purchase Chrome Education Upgrade licensing for the next school year, contact an ILTPP partner before March. Explore these partner agreements and mention ILTPP to ensure the lowest pricing available.
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