If you’ve ever purchased a product from Apple’s online store, you may have heard of Apple’s Education Store. Apple has a separate online store that offers discounts to students and anyone associated with an educational institution.
This discount applies to a new Mac, Macbook or iPad purchase. If you’re a student, lecturer, or teacher, or work for an educational institution, learn how you can get an Apple Education discount for your next purchase of Apple products.
Are You Eligible for an Apple Education Discount?
The Apple Education Store is available in the U.S and the U.K. It is mainly available online, but may also be available in-store at specific branches. Students are the most obvious group to be eligible for the discount. Most students aren’t aware of the eligibility criteria for an Apple Education discount. In the U.S., you’re eligible for the discount if you’re studying in any class beyond K-12. In the U.K., students are eligible if they’re accepted or attending any tertiary education institution.
Similarly, the discount is available for teachers, lecturers, parents of qualifying students and anyone else who is associated with an educational institution, as long as you can prove your educational status.
If you are not eligible, check out some of the ways you can still get the educational discount.
How to Verify Your Student Discount
If you’re eligible for the discount, you can purchase your discounted products from the Apple U.S .Education Store or Apple U.K. Education Store. For the U.S, login or ID of any sort will not be required to use the Education Store. However, Apple can request to see evidence at any time to prove you are a student, and if you fail to provide it, you’ll be charged an additional fee.
On the other hand, if you order from the U.K., you’ll need to use the UNiDAYS service to verify your educational status. Enter your email address and a password, your name, institution, subject of study, years of study and course length.
It’s advisable to log on to Apple’s website using your university network if you can and have access to some sort of official identification if Apple requires it. The best option for this is to have your student ID on hand, which will easily prove your educational status.
If you’re attending post-secondary education, or have been admitted into a post-secondary institution, you’re eligible for the discount. Post-Secondary education refers to university education in most countries.
How to Get an .edu Email Address in the UK
Uniday’s verification process isn’t easy to game. Registering for your own .edu domain won’t get you very far. Much of the Unidays verification process happens through the student portal.
While there are some guides online claiming that you can get a .edu email address by applying to certain community colleges, we found none that actually worked. In all likelihood, these guides worked at one point, but the colleges realized they were getting a large number of spam applications just for email addresses and modified the system.
Community colleges are still a legitimate source of email addresses. However, you need to find one that creates a .edu address after submitting a free application. As the number of discounts available to students online has increased, that’s getting harder to find.
The best way to have a .edu email address is to be affiliated with a college. You can register at your local community college for inexpensive courses, which may get you a .edu email address, but be sure to check before you pay. College graduates can also ask the alumni department of their alma mater for an .edu email address, which most schools are happy to supply to confirmed graduates.
Just like with HBOGo and Netflix, hit up your friends and family. Anyone who’s presently in college is a source for an .edu email address. Most employees at colleges also have an .edu email address for official communication. Better still, they typically won’t register for student discounts, so they might be more amenable to letting you do so.
Once you’re verified with Unidays, you’ll also be eligible for student discounts with nearly 150 other brands. You’ll automatically be eligible for student discounts from any other brands that use Unidays for education status verification. Discounts typically amount to between 10 and 20 percent, depending on the brand. Check out the full list of partnered brands.
How Much Discount Does Apple Education Store Offer?
Apple doesn’t offer a universal discount on its products but varies the price for each product range. Currently the discount for Mac computers and iPads and range from $50-$150 – there are no special discounts for other Apple products.
Apple Music Discount for Students
Apple also offers a student discount on its Apple Music service. All students can get a 50 percent subscription discount when they can prove that they’re enrolled at an eligible university or college.
If you’re a student and signing up for Apple Music on your iPhone or iPad, tap where it says “Are you a University Student?” and you’ll be directed to a verification system. If your college or university is eligible, you’ll get the reduced subscription rate.
Using the methods described above, you can get education discounts to purchase various Apple products and save some money in the process.
Now that you’ve hopefully bought your discounted Macbook at the Apple Education Store, here’s our all-important guide on what to do if you accidentally spill water on it. Students may also benefit from our list of simple drawing apps for Mac.