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Harford County Schools is proud to announce the new Microsoft Student Advantage Program (Office 365 for staff) to students and staff. This program provides free access to Office 365 Pro Plus for students enrolled in school districts that purchase enterprise-level licenses. Harford County Schools meets this requirement!

Any student who is currently enrolled in the Harford County School District, or staff member currently employeed by the Harford County School District is eligible and may download and install Office 365 Pro applications on up to 5 devices (PC, MAC, and/or mobile device).

HCPS O365 Press Release

How do Students and Staff Download the Microsoft Office 365 Software?


Review Installation Instructions

Important: Allow 15-30 minutes for installation

  1. Using the Internet Explorer web browser, go to the following website: http://portal.hcps.org
  2. Login with your HCPS credentials
    • Students: username@student.hcps.org (this is NOT your edline account and is your fullFirstfullLastName@student.hcps.org) and your HCPS network password
    • Employees: username@hcps.org and your HCPS network password
  3. Click the "Install Now" button
  4. Check to ensure that you have available installations by looking at the computer name, operating system and installation dates. Remember: Each student only can install the software on 5 devices.
  5. Click on the drop-down menu and select the appropriate language.
  6. Click INSTALL.
  7. Once installation begins, the installation program will scan your computer for any previous versions of Microsoft Office.
  8. If you have Microsoft Office 2013 installed already, you will have to remove it from your system before continuing the installation.
    • If you have to remove Office, you must complete these steps:
    • Once prompted, select the Fix It Button at the top of the screen to uninstall the program (Office 2013/Office 365).
    • Click Run.
    • Once complete you must reboot your computer and log in again and repeat steps 1-5.
  9. If you do not have to remove Office, your installation of Office 365 ProPlus will begin.
  10. Once the application is loaded, a progress box will appear as the software downloads the final settings. Please note that the speed of your connection will determine the speed of this part of the installation.
  11. Once all loading is complete, follow the steps (wizard or online prompts) to personalize your Office 365 ProPlus and begin using your software.

Log into your Online Account

Additional Resources

Download and install Office using Office 365 for business on your PC or Mac

Troubleshoot installing Office with Office 365 for business

Troubleshoot issues you might see when you run Office 365 for business desktop setup

Who Is Eligible for the Microsoft Office 365?


Any student** who is currently enrolled in the Harford County School District or staff member currently employeed by the Harford County School District is eligible to download and install Office 365 Pro applications on up to 5 devices (PC, MAC, and/or mobile device).

The Harford County School District has created accounts for all students currently enrolled.

**A qualified student is one that is currently enrolled in Harford County Public Schools as defined by COMAR 13A.02.06.03 OR is physically enrolled in a Harford County Public School building.

Frequently Asked Questions


» What happens when a student leaves the Harford County School District?

Once a student leaves the school district, the Microsoft Office ProPlus subscription ends.

» Can I install the software on more than one device?

Microsoft Office Pro Plus can be installed on up to 5 devices.

» Do I have to delete software from my computer to add Office 365 Pro Plus?

If you have a pre-released version of Office 2013 or Office 365, you will need to delete it before installing Office 365 Pro Plus. The downloading and installation process will walk you through deleting these versions

» What applications are available in Office 365 Pro Plus?

  • PC: Windows (Office 2013)
    • word
    • Excel
    • Outlook
    • Powerpoint
    • Access
    • OneNote
    • Publisher
    • Lync
  • Mac (Office 2011)
    • Word
    • Excel
    • Outlook
    • Powerpoint

» What are the PC requirements for Office 365 ProPlus?

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • 32-bit Office can be installed on 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems and 64-bit Office can only be installed on 64-bit operating systems.
  • 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set.
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) recommended, 2 GB RAM (64-bit) recommended for graphics features, Outlook Instant Search, and certain advanced functionality
  • 3 GB of available hard disk space
  • 1280 x 768 or higher resolution monitor

» What are the Mac requirements for Office 365 ProPlus?

  • A Mac computer with an Intel processor
  • Mac OS X version 10.5.8 or later
  • 1 GB of RAM recommended
  • 2.5 GB of available hard disk space
  • HFS+ hard disk format (also known as Mac OS Extended or HFS Plus)
  • DVD drive or connection to a local area network (if installing over a network)
  • 1280 x 768 or higher resolution monitor

» What are the iPhone requirements for Office Mobile for iPhone?

  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPod Touch 5th generation
  • All devices above must be running iOS 6.1 minimum

» What are the Android requirements for Office Mobile for Android?

  • Android OS 4.0 or greater
  • Android touch enabled smartphones only

» Where can I get training on Office 365 ProPlus?

Harford County Public Schools (HCPS) cannot provide technical support for Office 365. This service is provided by Microsoft as part of the HCPS agreement with the company. The service is offered to you because you are a student or an employee of HCPS.

If you require support downloading Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus, please see “Contacting Microsoft Technical Support” below.

If you are unable to access Microsoft Office 365 from a personal device, please complete the following steps:

  • Attempt to login to Office 365 from a HCPS computer.
    • If successful, then the problem resides with your personal device. Please see "Contacting Microsoft Technical Support" below.
    • If unsuccessful, notify your teacher and/or Media Specialist.

Contacting Microsoft Technical Support

Contact Microsoft Office 365 Education support toll-free at 866-425-4816. You will need to indicate that you are from the “@hcps.org tenant”. You will also be asked to provide your full HCPS username.

For support with installing Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus, call 800-642-7676 option 1, option 1, option 3, option 1

Harford County Public Schools is currently providing Email to all students in Middle and High Schools.

Student Email is provided as a privilege for students to better collaborate and communicate with one another and their teachers for educational purposes. All Email accounts provided by Harford County Public Schools are subject to review; automatically scanned for viruses; and filtered for content. Students are able to send and receive to anyone inside or outside our school system. Use of student email that does not follow the expectations outlined in the Responsible Use Procedure will result in loss of access to this privilege.