Sorry for the majour bump on this thread, but: GitHub is slow as all hell in accepting students. Maybe it's because I'm from a Norwegian university, but it's still really really annoying. I've waited for a month to get the pack now, and still no reply, just pending. DigitalOcean should consider getting their own discount program, as GitHub's seems pretty damn bad.
Oh well, just gonna have to rent a server without it... =/
Any update on this? I wanted to know if I could get droplets at academic pricing?