Starting with the release of the 2015 Suite, AutoDesk has announced that it is offering free, fully functional, licenses to students and educators.
The licenses are valid for three years when you sign up with your educational email address
To start your membership, visit their Student Community Portal at:
Then click on the College & University Students link under the Access free Software section
On the next screen, select a software title you'd like to install
You will then be prompted to create an account with AutoDesk. Make sure to sign up with your GSD Email Address which will verify your student status
Once your account has been setup you will be presented with your personal Serial Number and Product Key.
Make sure to save these, though you will also receive them in an email as well
Once you Download the software, the Installation should start automatically.
Choose Install on this Computer, then select Stand-Alone license and enter your Product Information to license the software
Once the installation completes click Finish and you should now have a fully functional version of the program licensed for the next three years!