Here comes good news for students and educators who are thinking to try out any Autodesk products. Autodesk’s entire catalog is now free for students and the faculty. No doubt this is a great news for anyone who want to enter digital media, engineering, content creation, or any other fields that use Autodesk’s products.
Autodesk is very popular for AutoCAD. AutoCAD is a CAD software application for 2D and 3D design and drafting. Besides AutoCAD, Autodesk is also hugely popular for Maya, a tool for creating animated films, video games and other visual effects.
To download and use Autodesk products, students and educators need to register at the Autodesk website. Select the country, enter email, and select from the available options from student, faculty/teacher and mentor/coach. Then proceed to step 2 and 3 and again fill out all the details and select the appropriate options. This is how you can register on the website. And after registering activation of student accounts can be done through e-mail, SMS or Facebook Connect. Once your account has been activated, the entire Autodesk catalog becomes available for free to download and use from Autodesk Education Community Download Center.
This is taken from the Autodesk website
The Autodesk Student Version software incorporates all the functionality of our professional licenses, but includes a print banner making the software inappropriate for professional, commercial, or for-profit purposes. Autodesk Student Version software may not be used in the classroom or lab for instructional purposes, or for commercial or for-profit purposes. Annual licenses of Autodesk student software are not eligible for product upgrade or transfer to a commercial license.
So it seems that the student version is almost identical to the retail package and is fully functional and licensed for complete three years, but includes a print banner. Also it can be determined from the above statement that the Student Version may not be used in the classroom or lab for instructional purposes or any commercial or for-profit purposes.
For more details, visit their Education Community FAQ Page.