With the move to online learning, we are seeing a tremendous increase in signups (4x increase), and many more feature requests as professors and students move to a new model. We realize that we need to move to a paid model in order to deliver this service.
Where institutions would like to keep Piazza free for their instructors and students, they can sign up for an enterprise site license at the institute or school level, starting January 2021. With a paid license in place, students and professors will be able to continue using Piazza without any changes to their experience. Please email our team at email@example.com to engage on a site license. If you belong to one of these following institutions, please note that your school has already purchased a Piazza license (or is in the process of purchasing one) and you will not need a license at this time: CMU, MIT, Tufts, Georgia Tech, Berkeley, Stanford, UMD, Michigan, UT Austin, Wisconsin-Madison, UC Irvine, WashU, University of Virginia, USC, Waterloo, Toronto.
Under our user paid model,
Where an instructor or department does not have a license, we offer a student-pay model where students pay a nominal fee of $8 for their Piazza class. If a student is in multiple Piazza classes in any given term, they are only required to pay once: $8 covers the student for all their Piazza classes that term. Instructors can enable waivers (for up to 10% of students in their class) if they wish to allow students in financial hardship to request a waiver.
Where you do not have a paid license, through August 1, 2021, you and your students may continue using Piazza freely through our contribution-supported model. Starting August 1, 2021, premium features will no longer be available with the contribution-supported option and you will need to upgrade to our paid version — with an instructor-, school-, or department- license, or with the student-pay option — to access the following premium features: polls, statistics, and class locking capabilities. In the contribution-supported model, we're adding prompts in the product asking our users to make an optional financial contribution if Piazza has delivered value to them. Users who make a contribution will not see these prompts again for the remainder of that term. Please note: with feedback we received from our community, we will not be placing ads on Piazza.
Our hope with the contribution-supported model is that this gives institutions that don't yet have a license in place, the time they need to get a paid contract in place with our team.
Finally, we never want money to be the reason you can't use Piazza. If your class warrants special circumstances, please do not hesitate to write in to us and let us know how we can support you and your students with your unique needs. Our hope is to be supportive and a partner to you while we shift to a paid model.
Should you have any questions regarding our paid model, or if you think your university would like to purchase a site license to keep Piazza free for your students, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.