Allow students to deploy virtual machines for free (to an extent)
I believe that students should have the ability to use higher level features, like deploying virtual machines and document storage systems for free to a point.
You could restrict it to allowing a limited number of machines overall, and force them to be in a specific pricing block, like the lowest tier. A similar system could be applied to document storage systems.
This would allow students to deploy systems in a test environment and practice configuring them in a system where they could access it at any given time. And not be restricted to hardware that they have laying around.
As a professor and department chair for Computer Science, I think this is an excellent idea!
Keri King commented