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Microsoft makes its basic suite of Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) available for free from the iPad App Store. While these apps can be used to read, edit, and create documents simply by setting up and logging in with a free Microsoft OneDrive account, the apps' complete set of features are only unlocked when you have a paid Microsoft Office 365 annual subscription. 

To assist faculty and staff who wish to use Office for iPad apps, the ITS department has established a pilot program that will provide an Office 365 account at no cost to University employees. Please note, however, that these accounts do not come with any ITS or Help Desk support; they are being offered simply so that users can use the Office apps to their fullest without having to bear the cost of a subscription. 

To obtain and activate an Office 365 account from the University, please follow these instructions:

  1. Download the Office 365 Data Storage Policy.
  2. Sign the form, either digitally or physically, and if necessary, scan it on the University's Canon copiers to obtain a PDF file of the form with your signature.
  3. Send a ticket at with the Subject Line Office 365 Access Request.  The electronic version of the signed Data Policy Form must be attached.

You will receive a notification from the easyVista Ticketing System when your Office 365 account is ready for use.

Office Activation

When opening any Microsoft Office application for the first time, click "Sign In", and enter your You will be redirected to Fairfield University Single Sign-On page. Enter only your NetID (remove the and your current password.

For further assistance, please visit the ITS4U Help Desk located in NYS 215 or call 203-254-4069 during business hours.

Hours can be found here: ITS4U Help Desk Hours of Operation