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Office for Education

Microsoft Home Use Program

CUSD is excited to provide all CUSD employees and their families with the full desktop (installed) version of Office for free on up to 5 devices.


The web-based version is also available for download at no cost. This software available for home use on a PC, Mac or mobile device thanks to our partnership with Microsoft.


The online suite includes Word Online, OneNote Online, PowerPoint Online, Excel Online, and OneDrive for storage.


Microsoft Office 2016 - Paid Version



Microsoft Home Use Program


You will need two things:


CUSD Username and Password:

  • Your CUSD email address is your username.  Example:
  • Your current CUSD network password used to login with every day.  

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Get Started:


Online Version

  1. Visit the Office website by clicking here
  2. Log in with your username and password.
  3. Click the “Install now” button.

 Desktop Version:

  1. Visit the Office download location by clicking here
  2. Log in with your username and password.
  3. Click the “Install Office” link.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What is Microsoft Office?

Microsoft Office is a subscription-based office software and services suite hosted online in the cloud which offers access to various services and software built around the Microsoft Office platform.


Does this replace my Google Account?

No, Google accounts are here to stay.  This is a home use convenience for employees and their families provided by Microsoft.


What is the Cloud?

"The cloud" can simply be described as a metaphor for the Internet. Applications and services hosted in the cloud are all accessible via the Internet and the data stored is held in a remote location. As such, cloud-based applications and services can be accessed from anywhere in the world from a multitude of devices such as desktop computers, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices.


What are the primary benefits of Office?

Office allows end users to access their documents and files from anywhere in the world and on virtually any device. Moving to a new cloud-based system will enable CUSD employees and their families to have a wider range of functionality while saving a significant amount of operational expense.


How is Office different from Microsoft Office?

"Office 2016" refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services), such as Lync web conferencing and additional online storage with OneDrive.

"Microsoft Office" is the name Microsoft still uses for their productivity software. Office suites have traditionally included applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. All the new Office suites (for example, Office Standard 2013) include the latest versions of these applications. These suites can be installed on only one PC and do not come with any cloud-based services included in Office 365.


What is OneDrive?

OneDrive provides storage in "the cloud" so that you can keep and share all of your documents, photos and videos even if something happens to your computer or device. OneDrive works with Microsoft Office and also can be accessed across different devices. OneDrive provides unlimited personal cloud storage, meaning, you don't have to worry about running out of space! A common use of OneDrive at schools is for storage of important files, assignments, and lesson plans. It can also be used as a way to collaborate with students, allowing them to "share" assignments with you rather than turning in a hard copy.


What happens if I am no longer employed at CUSD?

Your CUSD Office subscription ends when your employment with CUSD terminates. You may enroll into other consumer or commercial offers available. You should make sure to transfer any personal files from your district/school OneDrive to your personal OneDrive prior to leaving the District.

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Need Help?

If your email address and password are not allowing you access to the Office 365 download page, email and a member of the CUSD Technology and Information Services department will assist you. 


We are unable to respond to any home requests for tech support, as in line with District policies, we do not support non-CUSD computers or devices.  

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Office 2016 - Paid Option


(if you get the free version, it stops working if you leave the District.  People who are close to retirement may prefer this deal).


Microsoft Office 2016

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The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

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