All users of Minecraft: Education Edition will need an Office 365 Education account to play the game. For more information on O365 Education go here.
If you would like to go through the process of applying for educational account you can do so through the MS Academic Verification Engine.
Determination of eligibility for Minecraft: Education Edition takes place during the process of obtaining Office 365 Education accounts. We do not have influence or visibility into the qualifications or process.
Are there alternative options to using Minecraft: Education Edition for learning?
If your student does not have access to an Office 365 Education account there are many other educational opportunities using the Minecraft Bedrock and Java editions. The Minecraft Franchise recently released a collection of free Educational worlds that can be accessed on the Bedrock version of Minecraft.
We've also created a guide to explore Learning with Minecraft Bedrock and Java. This guide has information about educational activities in the consumer versions of Minecraft, including coding in Minecraft, Chemistry, Minecraft challenges and more. Please check this guide again in the near future as we'll be updating our guides with new resources.
We do understand how important it is to make Minecraft: Education Edition available to homeschools, and are actively investigating what types of new subscription models we can offer. We hope to have more news about this in the future.