Can you use the Microsoft Power Platform for development for free as a student? Why not! and here is how.
But before that, who should use power platform?
"Business User" - Creator/consumer of data reports & dashboards,
"Code-First Developers" - Coder interested in building applications for consumption in the low-code environment, i.e. You can build custom APIs to connect to data sources, collaborate on low code solutions directly on your IDE
"Citizen Developer" - Interested individual in application development with no computer science background, i.e., Build customized applications using drag-drop capabilities