Top Hat for Students

     decorative guide icon    Getting Started with Top Hat

         Single Sign-on Guide  and  Student Quick Start Guide

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Student Accounts / Subscriptions

  • Top Hat is free for ALL VCU students. Please review the eligibility requirements.
  • VCU's software license agreement with Top Hat covers the standard and pro features listed under the "Pro" offering:
  • The agreement DOES NOT cover add-ons and additional content such as remote proctoring, textbooks, homework packs, and other non-core standard/pro features.
  • If you are presented with a balance due for your course(s), please review with your instructor(s) to verify if they are requiring the purchase of a textbook, remote proctoring, or other add-ons and/or content first before reaching out to us. This is managed on a per-course basis by your instructor and is NOT managed, promoted, or otherwise included within courses by VCU Technology Services in any way.
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Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be currently enrolled in at least one credit-bearing course with an affiliation of “student” to qualify for a free subscription.
  • Students of summer programs, seminars, and other short-term offerings may not be eligible for a Top Hat subscription.
  • To verify your eligibility, please contact us at
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Student Resources and Assistance

  • For initial account creation and to join your courses, please review the links above.
  • If you are enrolled in a course that is requesting payment, please consult with your instructor(s) first before reaching out to us. They may be requiring the use of a textbook, homework pack, add-on(s), or other course materials not included in our agreement with Top Hat.
  • To verify your eligibility, please contact us at

For all other questions contact the VCU IT Support Center. Your request will be assessed and routed to the appropriate team at VCU or Top Hat.

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