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OpenAI Expands ChatGPT Services to Universities and Nonprofits with New Educational and Discount Programs

OpenAI has introduced two significant initiatives aimed at broadening the accessibility of its ChatGPT services to educational and nonprofit sectors.

The first initiative, “ChatGPT Edu,” targets universities and is tailored specifically for use by students, faculty, researchers, and for operational purposes on campuses.

This specialized version promises enterprise-level security and controls, and is designed to be economically feasible for educational institutions.

Numerous universities, including prestigious ones like Oxford, Wharton, the University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University, and Columbia University, are already utilizing ChatGPT in various capacities.

For instance, researchers at Columbia are leveraging the AI to create strategies that could prevent drug overdoses.

Similarly, at Arizona State University, an assistant professor has crafted a “GPT Buddy” that aids students in practicing German through conversational interactions at their convenience.

Kyle Bowen, Deputy CIO at Arizona State University, expressed strong support for the ChatGPT Edu initiative, stating, “Integrating OpenAI’s technology into our educational and operational frameworks accelerates transformation at ASU.

“We’re collaborating across our community to harness these tools, extending our learnings as a scalable model for other institutions.”

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The second initiative from OpenAI focuses on supporting nonprofit organizations by providing additional tools and reducing costs for ChatGPT usage.

Nonprofits can now register for the “ChatGPT Team” service at a discounted rate of $20 per user per month, with further discounts up to 50% available for larger nonprofits poised for substantial deployment.

Both the ChatGPT Edu and ChatGPT for Nonprofits programs offer access to OpenAI’s latest models, including GPT-4o, and include features such as image generation, collaborative workspaces, and the ability to create custom GPTs.

In related developments, OpenAI has recently made its GPT-4o model accessible to non-paying users.

This free tier allows users to utilize search features, load custom GPTs, generate images, upload files, and integrate web responses.

However, creating personal custom GPTs and unlimited use of the GPT-4o model still require a subscription to a paid service level.


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