I purchased this because I am an experienced user of the suite, particularly Photopaint. Because I am not working at present, and wanted something to maintain my skills as well as to do some personal projects that I have been postponing for some time, I checked on the Corel website to learn the difference between this package and the far more expensive professional version.
From their website: "From a feature-set perspective, you get almost complete versions of CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT in the box. The biggest difference compared to CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 are that Home & Student Suite X6 does not include VBA / VSTA or Macro support, and some more advanced features a professional user would need are not available (such as PrePress, PreFlight, specific file formats such as CGM, advanced OpenType features, or color management options). Finally, the Home & Student version is not eligible for our Memberships offering, has reduced the amount of content on the disc and the printed Hard-cover book from Graphics Suite is not included (it is included in electronic format)." [The link I initially inserted here was edited out, but if you search the Corel website using the search phrase,"difference between coreldraw education and standard" you should be able to find and read the source of the quote.]
In fact, a number of very other useful features have been removed or crippled. One that is very handy for the less experienced user is Print Preview, which formerly allowed you to select what part of the image you printed out interactively. It also rendered images in a manner that more closely represented the printed sheet than the rather crude "preview" that is now presented when the print command is invoked. (It was even better than the "working screen" in this regard.)
Also, the brush selection has been scaled back, and other many useful tools such as Import are not available (grayed-out).
Now, I realize that this was done because they did not want to sell a program with the same capabilities for such a reduced price, and the program probably is well worth what they are charging. My issue is that they were not as transparent about what is and what is not included in the package. They have comparison charts comparing the features of the various versions (X3, X4, X5, etc.) and they should have the same for this.
I will keep the program, but I am less happy with Corel than I was in the past. Would I have bought it had I known all this? Probably not, but my needs may be more demanding than yours and I am spoiled by using the full-featured---although older--versions for years.
In summary, this is a nice program with may good features, but beware of looking at the description of the standard CorelDraw Suite and subtracting the features enumerated in the description provided by Corel. You will get much less. Apparently, the previous version actually did have all of the features minus the color separation (which relatively few home users would ever need, but pros would,) CGM, books, etc. I think I would trade my copy for it, even though it does not have some of the advances that attracted me to X6 in the first place. But if X6 Student Version meets your needs, keeping this in mind, I would recommend that you give it serious consideration. Limited as it is, it is still a good program.