Google is providing free accounts to students with fixed time allocation. Once used, the student will have to renew it once.
Per Google’s own overview page, the main GCP services offered are: computing and hosting, storage, networking, big data, and machine learning.
The service those viewing this page will most likely benefit from is serverless computing. GCP’s functions as a service (FaaS) offering provides a serverless execution environment for building and connecting cloud services. With Cloud Functions, you write simple, single-purpose functions that are attached to events raised by your cloud infrastructure and services. Your Cloud Function runs when a watched event is raised. Your code executes in a fully managed environment; you don’t need to provision any infrastructure or worry about managing any servers.
You can fill out the following form to request GoogleCloudEdu credits.
It should take 2-3 days for students to get their credits. This grant gives up to $1000 worth of credits per student that are valid for a year. Once the credits run out, extensions can be requested in $50 increments (until a total of $150 in credits, including the initial credits, is reached).
The setup is also quick if students want to use standard libraries like TensorFlor or PyTorch. Documentation for this can be found in the links below.