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Q100435: How to Install a "1st Year Free" Student Education Collective


This article gives you step by step instructions on how to get up and running with a “1st Year Free” Education Collective license.


The 1st Year Free program is an opportunity for new students to experiment with Foundry products for one year, free of charge. The program allows eligible students to obtain a one year Education Collective license  (Nuke Studio, Mari, Modo, CaraVR and Katana).  More information about the program and how to apply can be found on the Foundry Education Program for Students & Graduates page of our website.

If you’ve successfully applied for the 1st Year Free program you’ll receive an Activation Key for the Education Collective via email that will look like the following:


The Activation Key will provide you with a nodelocked/single machine license for the whole Education Collective.  Please follow the instructions below to get up and running with this:


  1. Find your System ID
    Download the Foundry License Utility (FLU) from and run it on the machine that you would like to install the programs on.  The SystemID is a 12 digit alpha-numeric number that is displayed at the bottom of the FLU window.

  2. Use you Activation Key with our website to generate your license
    Go to and enter your activation key followed by your System ID and click on the Activate button.  Your license will then be displayed on screen and also emailed to you.

  3. Install the License
    Run the Foundry License Utility (FLU) as an Admin User (on Windows, right click on the FLU icon and select "Run As Administrator") and then copy and paste the full License Key text from the email you receive into the “License Install” window.


    The FLU will install the license for you and will now be licensed for the programs in the Education Collective.

  4. Install the programs
    You can download the latest versions of the programs in the Education Collective individually from the product download pages on our website:





More information about the 1st Year Student Education Collective is available on the Foundry Education Program for Students & Graduates page of our website.

Helpful licensing articles for installing licenses can be found at the following links


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