Tech Skills to Have | Part 7: Free Software

Tech Skills to Have | Part 7: Free Software

Welcome to another “Tech Skills to Have!” In this edition, we’ll give you some quick tips on how to get even more FREE software and solutions.

Microsoft Office 365
(a.k.a the latest edition of the Office Suite)

officesuite-wheelWho does not use Microsoft Office these days? Well, purchasing Microsoft Office can get a little pricey (to be exact, $99.99). What if I told you RIT offers ALL its students free access to Office 365 with little to no work? It is very simple. Just go here and in the top right hand corner click “Sign In.” Using your RIT credentials to login, you will be brought back to the earlier page and will see the icon for “Office 365 ProPlus!” That is it; just two simple steps. 

Pair this new technology with your free Lynda.com subscription to make the most of it. You can access great tutorials on what Microsoft Office 365 is, how it works, and tons more here on Lynda. If you need help accessing Lynda for FREE please see our previous article here.

National Student Loan Data System

icon_handsEver wondered how much interest you are collecting on your subsidized and unsubsidized loans? Wish there was a place online where you can check it all instantly and for free? Well look no further, for the U.S. Department of Education has a great online portal that will show you everything from the dates you accepted your loans to the amount the loan is in to how much interest you’ve collected. All this can be done here. Just be sure to create an FSA ID, because your RIT credentials will not work here.

Mohammad is a fourth year Computer Engineering major with a minor in Psychology. Mohammad first became professionally involved in social media by helping to launch this very site, RIT Behind the Bricks. He has a background of 6 years plus in advance web design.

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