Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud offers a suite of products and services that include application hosting, cloud computing, database services and more. University of Michigan students can use Google Cloud Platform in conjunction with their U-M Google account, and sign up for a $300 free credit which is good for 12 months. After the credits are gone, students may continue to use the free trial offer (requires a credit card to sign up).

Students involved in certain computer science disciplines may also qualify for additional credits through Google Cloud Higher Education Programs.

Getting Started

Signing up at Google Cloud for Students with your U-M credentials should automatically enable access, and grant you the $300 free credit, but it will require a credit card to sign up.

Software & Services

Below is a list of just some of the free services offered by Google Cloud:

  • App Engine
  • BigQuery
  • Cloud Build
  • Cloud Functions
  • Cloud Run (on stateless containers)
  • Cloud Storage
  • Compute Engineer
  • Firestore
  • Kubernetes Engine
  • Natural Language API
  • Operations (formerly Stackdriver)
  • Pub/Sub
  • Speech to Text
  • Video Intelligence API
  • Vision AI
  • And much more!


After the free credits expire, billing for additional usage can be estimated using Google’s price calculator.

Sensitive Data Compliance

Consult the U-M Sensitive Data Guide for information on the permitted data use with AWS. Note that personal AWS accounts may not necessarily comply even if the data type is listed as permitted. Students should consult with ITS Information Assurance (IA) if there are any questions about compliance.

Further Help

For further information, refer to the main Google Cloud for Students page. Below is a list of additional Google Cloud resources available for U-M students: