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You really have to give it Dropbox, they seem to always find a way to give users more and more free storage space—from the free 500 MB space for referral sign-ups to additional 500 MB of storage for photo uploads. And now if you’re a college student anywhere in world, you qualify as part of Dropbox’s Space Race Program for an extra 3 GB of Dropbox space for two years, plus up to 25 GB of space for your school for two years.

Of course, while Dropbox offers all this free, it does want some of its freeloading customers to make a premium upgrade, but as one of the leading cloud services on the Internet, Dropbox is being pretty generous. Note also, the 3 GB of storage is in addition to the 2 GB of free space given to everyone who signs up for Dropbox.

To be eligible for the Space Race Program, you must meet the following the criteria:

  • You must be an actively enrolled in a college or university or the equivalent of a university.
  • You need to sign up with active email address from the school you attend (note: you also qualify if you already have existing Dropbox account).
  • Your higher education institution must also have at least 25 participants sign up for the program (so announce it in one of your classes).

The program runs from October 15 to December 10, 2012. You sign up by visiting www.dropbox.com/spacerace. Any additional storage space earned through the program will expire on January 15, 2015, and thus accounts will downgrade to the users’ original, initial free space.

Source: TechCrunch

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  1. kadek pranata surya
    January 18, 2013 at 4:37 am

    i would love to have it too.... ;-)

  2. Shahbaz Amin
    December 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    It is such a good promo!!
    My uni is at 8Gb now finally!

  3. Arpit
    November 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I got 25GB space as great space racer but when i install dropbox it says "You are almost there! We see that you installed Dropbox, but it looks like you are using the same computer as other Space Racers. Install Dropbox on another computer to claim your 25 GB for two years!"....i uninstalled an unlinked my previous account but still not able to claim 25GB on my laptop...help??

    • Kalle
      November 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      Same problem here!

      Get: "You are almost there! We see that you installed Dropbox, but it looks like you are using the same computer as other Space Racers. Install Dropbox on another computer to claim your 15 GB for two years!"

      Eeeehhhh no. I don't have another computer. Comeon Dropbox! :-(

      • Bakari Chavanu
        November 7, 2012 at 12:12 am

        Hey Kalle, copy and and paste your comment to Dropbox. I'm sure they will get back with you. Sorry I can't be of help.

      • Balint
        November 11, 2012 at 5:07 pm

        Same problem here...

    • Bakari Chavanu
      November 7, 2012 at 12:11 am

      Arpit, have tried writing Dropbox directly about this issue?

  4. Jeremiah Iliffe
    October 28, 2012 at 7:45 am

    My private school does not provide students with .edu addresses :(

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 29, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      Jeremiah, maybe write them and see if there's a work around for private schools.

  5. Stephanie w
    October 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    This is cool, although the temporary thing is annoying.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Yep, I agree, it is a drawback.

  6. Yang Yang Li
    October 22, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Ha, so what. Microsoft offered 25 GB storage in Skydrive. I have to say Skydrive is much more useful for collaboration than Dropbox.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 23, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Yang, thanks for letting us know.

  7. Debbie Strain
    October 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I am still learning about Cloud Storage - going to give DropBox a try. Thanks

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      I guarantee you will like it, Debbie. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    October 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I do not know how I managed before Drop Box!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      Seriously…me neither.

  9. Paul Forbing
    October 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I like the free space even if it is temporary. I can see the possibility of users forgetting they have this space and if they loose it randomly (would only seem random) that it would be very frustrating. I don't think I've had very many oversize limit problems. Is there a limit on how long dropbox will retain data over your size limitation?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

      Paul, I think they will probably send out several notices before they reduce the storage space.

      • Ethan Whitney
        October 21, 2012 at 8:02 am

        The truth is that Dropbox actually sends both a notice and when the time is up, they remove all unused space, so nothing is deleted. However, you can't add anymore files, and you would have to delete them to add more. For example, If I get a free 20GB for 2 years plus the starting 2GB. After two years, I use up 15GB of my 22GB, Dropbox will cut it down to 2GB, but my 15GB worth of files aren't deleted. I have to delete enough down to 2GB to be able to place files again, and I don't get the deleted space back. Hope this clears things up.

  10. vineed gangadharan
    October 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

    but what about the file size limit???will it exceed too!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 20, 2012 at 3:08 am

      File size? I think file size can be as large as you like, but larger files will of course will take up more space.

  11. Shmuel Mendelsohn
    October 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Ha Ha! I'm going for my Masters, so I have student ID and a .edu email address!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 20, 2012 at 2:58 am

      Cool, Shamuel.

  12. Ritwick Saikia
    October 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Dropbox is very good and satisfies my need for easy file syncing. I don't require loads of space.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      2gigs is enough, Ritwick? Mainly using storage for documents?

  13. Chew Jian Yue
    October 17, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I don't see why there is a need for a students to require such a large amount of space on their accounts, but I feel it is of a great benefit for those who makes lots of videos

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I think when people start using Dropbox for project files other than documents, they may need more than 2GB.

  14. Jason
    October 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Not working with name@alumni.uts.edu.au, however, UTS does provide an alias to alumni which DOES work: studentId@uts.edu.au

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Jason, contact Dropbox directly. Let them know.

  15. Edwin Williams
    October 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Awesome! I'll try and get my peers to sign up!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Go for it, Edwin.

  16. Hani Al Jamal Jr.
    October 16, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Finally dropbox is a bit Kind.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Hani, you don't think they're kind to give the initial 2gb, plus additional space for referral sign-ups.

    • Diogo Silva
      October 18, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I had 2GB + 13GB free due to referals before this space race. Now i have 40GB. :D So i think i can't complain about them not being a bit kind. :)

  17. Diogo Silva
    October 16, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Great tool for my university workgroup

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Good point, Diogo. Like say you're working on a collective project.

  18. Lee
    October 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    What happens when the space expires? Does it still let you access the files taking up that space?
    It almost seems pointless to get a few extra gigs when it's only temporary.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      Lee, they probably will give you a few notices that your account will be downsized and you will need to offline your account.

  19. Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    LOL, all 3 Singapore universities in the top 10 (NUS 1st, NTU 3rd, SMU 10th). I'm from Singapore by the way.

  20. Myst Gunn
    October 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Too bad, I already graduated from college last April.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Looks like Dropbox is waiting for you to pony up on the premium account. I use Dropbox so much that I probably should be paying for the service.

  21. Saeef Alam
    October 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I'm not sure if someone here would be able to clarify this doubt for me, but here goes...

    In the terms and conditions for the Space Race, it states that after two years, the storage space will drop down to the default space given to all free accounts. Does that mean I'll lose any extra space I've earned all these days in addition to the 2 GB I initially got?

    It's very unlikely that this will be the case, but the phrasing of that condition seemed a little ambiguous to me.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Saeef, I would say you will not lose the other free space you've gotten outside of the SpaceRace program.

  22. salim benhouhou
    October 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    dropbox rocks

  23. Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    How does Dropbox possibly make enough money to keep functioning as a business? I guess I underestimate how many people actually pay for premium. Good for them.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Seriously great question, Scott6. I would imagine institutions and businesses are the ones with the huge premium accounts. But my guess is as good as yours.

  24. Ryan Moss
    October 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    My friends and I are doing this for Pitt

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Cool, Ryan.

  25. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    it's temporary and for dropbox, I've noticed their recent small ( as they say but this is pretty big ) security glitch and since that incident I shifted to google... I mean dropbox can't even manage user credentials... how can they handle our valuable data! O.o

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm

      Dimal, thanks for that feedback. Definitely sounds like issues that should be considered.

  26. Anonymous
    October 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    My University is currently at 8 GB :-).
    Does anyone know what happens if the storage you got from this program is used and Dropbox downgrade your account in 2015? Can I use the storage until I free it up myself?

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      October 22, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      If I get it right, then the files would still be there, but you can't add anything else until you free up your storage.

  27. Alex Downs
    October 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    If it weren't temporary I'd really like it a lot more, I'd rather just pay if not for the fact that I wouldn't want the extra space to go away.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      October 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      I agree, Alex, if I weren't writing a news article, I would have pointed out the same thing you're saying. It's difficult to get used to the extra 3GB and then have to downsize to it.

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