Office 365 Education Pricing follows a very different rubric than the rest of Microsoft’s Cloud Services (see image below). There is currently no trial version of the Academic Plans, we recommend that users try out an E3 Enterprise trial to get comparable functionality.
As you can see below, most of the plans charge differently between staff and students. The A2 plan provides access to SharePoint Online, Lync Online, and Exchange Online for free to all students as long as staff are paid for. Please be sure to reach out with questions to your Office 365 Advisors Representative. We are here to guide you through the process and find the best solution for your academic institution.