Software is an investment. An expensive one at that. Adobe Creative Cloud with a student discount runs $20 a month.
However, OnTheHub has teamed up with software publishers and schools around the world to provide the most current programs at a 90% discount or no cost at all. Software publishers include Microsoft Office Professional Plus, Visual Studio, Windows 8 and more. All you do is type in your school, see if they apply to the software, download it, and tinker away!