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What are the permitted uses of SAS University Edition?

by Community Manager ‎11-17-2015 03:50 PM - edited ‎11-23-2015 02:32 PM (4,779 Views)

That’s a question we hear a lot, in one form or other. So I developed this Q&A to address some of the more common inquiries.

After all, SAS University Edition is free software. It only makes sense we'd have some rules around how you can use it.


In general, as long as you’re using University Edition for learning and not for commercial purposes, you’re good. The license agreement for University Edition lists all the terms and conditions. If you have questions about SAS OnDemand for Academics, the user’s guide should get you on your way.


Below are questions we've received about University Edition. If your question isn’t listed here, post it in the comments and I’ll get you an answer.


  1. Can I use SAS University Edition to write a research paper?

Writing a research paper to get a grade is fine. Not OK is writing a research paper to not only get a grade but to get paid or

GotAQuestion.jpginform strategic direction for your business (or someone else’s). In other words, if your proposed use of University Edition results in somebody making money, don’t do it.


  1. Can I publish a book on using SAS University Edition with screen shots?  

The SAS University Edition license agreement prohibits use of the software for any commercial purposes, including publishing a book. An exception is when you’re working with SAS Press or the SAS Author Assistance program. You can use University Edition in conjunction with those programs if you link to the download page for the software.


SAS offers many resources to writers who wish to publish books about SAS software, like Ron Cody, whose title on University Edition was published in September 2015. You can find information about publishing through SAS Press at this link. If you are already working with a publisher and require assistance, you can find information about our Author Assistance Program at this link. You can also contact SAS Press directly by sending an email to saspress@sas.com


  1. I’m writing a paper for a conference paper for SAS Global Forum and JSM. Can I develop my code in University Edition and include results from University Edition?  (I’m not getting paid for either endeavor. They’re both professional development activities.)

These uses are permitted.


  1. I maintain a blog and a website where I share SAS tips and programs. Can I use University Edition to develop these?  I’m not selling the content, just sharing it, though the content does help me professionally.

This use is permitted.


  1. I’m a SAS expert running a workshop at a conference. SAS is not a sponsor. I’m not getting paid for this.  Can I use University Edition for demonstrations?  Is it OK to have workshop where attendees use University Edition along with me on their machines?

This use is permitted.


  1. I have a commercial enterprise that employs SAS programmers who need SAS skills to do their work.  I provide training in-house.  Can I use University Edition (without additional permission from SAS) to conduct this class?

This use is not permitted.


  1. I want to develop a product that can read/write SAS data set files. Can I use University Edition to create SAS data in many different permutations, then also use University Edition to test the work of my project?

This is not permitted.


  1. What are examples of acceptable and unacceptable uses of SAS University Edition to analyze publicly available health data via Project Data Sphere?

Academic research is acceptable. Publishing and sharing this research for the greater public good is acceptable. But the use of University edition for financial gain is not permitted.


  1. I volunteer for the Open Data Initiative in my hometown. Can I and other volunteers use University Edition to format and analyze data?

You can use University Edition in this context for learning and for events like hack-a-thons.


10. The non-profit where I work conducts research purely for academic research. We have one researcher who would like to use SAS software. The SAS University Edition seems to have all the functionality that that this person would need. Is this an appropriate edition of SAS for our organization to use?


This use is permitted, as long as you are not being paid for your work or research, and the software isn’t being used to make decisions related to operating the organization.


11. Can I use SAS University Edition to produce tables, graphs and analysis for public papers that will be published in scientific journals?


This use is permitted. Please indicate that the analysis, tables and graphs were generated by SAS.


12. As a student, can I access SAS Studio, Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner, Forecast Server or JMP through SAS OnDemand for Academics without an instructor’s involvement?


No, sorry. SAS Studio is available by default to anyone who registers. This includes adult learners, instructors, students, and researchers – as long as you are not using the offering for commercial purposes. All other clients (Enterprise Guide, Enterprise Miner, Forecast Studio, and access from JMP) are available to instructors who register a course and choose to use one of these clients for their course.

by Super User
on ‎11-17-2015 06:11 PM

Thanks for compiling this, very useful :)

by Regular Contributor
on ‎11-17-2015 09:38 PM

Great FAQ - thank you so much for the very helpful information!  I'm starting with a non-profit very soon as a volunteer, and good to know that I can use SAS UE in a limited capacity.

by Community Manager
on ‎11-18-2015 10:56 AM

Hi @Reeza and @DarthPathos, I appreciate your comments! 

by SAS Employee Geoffrey_Taylor
on ‎11-19-2015 06:15 AM

This is a very useful summary for those of us working with universities and students - thank you.

by New User cn12
on ‎08-26-2016 11:17 AM

Hi @BeverlyBrown, thank you so much for putting together such a useful article. I would like to further clarify if I am permitted to use SAS University Edition -  I am employed by a non-profit, and would like to use SAS University Edition for our peer-reviewed academic publication/research. We will certainly not be using it for profit and anything we publish is under non-commercial creative commons licenses. Am I allowed to use SAS U to conduct analyses for our research work? Thank you so much!

by Community Manager
on ‎09-09-2016 10:35 AM

Hi @cn12, apologies for the delayed response! Your proposed use of University Edition is permitted since it's for the purposes of academic research.

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