College students, faculty, and staff can save on a new MacBook and tons of other Apple hardware. Apple’s Education pricing can save you between $50 and $200, depending on what you’re purchasing. It can also provide a 20% discount for some subscription services. You’ll need a .edu email address and may need to log in through your student portal to verify your status as a student.
Verifying Your Student Status
In order to get Apple’s education pricing and hardware, software, and subscription products like Apple Music for Students, you’ll need to verify your student or educator status with Unidays. They are a software company that specializes in verifying student status. They also provide paying brands with access to a network of verified students, called the UNiDAYS Student Affinity Network. When you verify your student status through Unidays, you’ll be automatically added to that network.
The account is free for the user. To sign up, you’ll need a valid .edu email address. Gaming the system unsuccessfully may lead to additional verification challenges and account suspension. Unidays puts a high premium on providing verified “real people” accounts to their customers.
How Does Unidays Verification Work?
The Uniday’s educational status verification process works through your .edu email address. Provided that you have control of a .edu email address and can click on some emails sent to that address, you can get a student discount. Users can also verify by signing in through their college’s student portal. The system isn’t that easy to game, however. While it might seem easy for a recently-graduated student to claim to be a current student using Photoshop and forwarded emails, the email system isn’t the only thing verifying student. In cases where they suspect fraud or impersonation, Unidays will suspend the suspect account and ask for verification documents like transcripts. If you can’t provide that, you won’t be able to access student discounts.
Student discounts on subscription products like Apple Music or Apple+ are also subject to regular re-verification. If the education verification process can’t be completed for whatever reason, all existing student-priced subscriptions will revert to the normal price for the service, removing any discount for the balance of the subscription period.
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 to Get an .edu Email Address
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.
Legit Method – Be a College Student or Graduate
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.
Shady Method – StudentHub/Shoppy
Shoppy, once known as StudentHub, generates verifiable .edu email addresses which can be used with a number of services. Presently, this includes Unidays in the U.S. The email address is random and costs $20 for one year. Custom names and lifetime subscriptions are also available. Sign up for an .edu email address on their website.
You can find all of Apple’s education deals in Apple’s Education shop. To apply your student discount to Macs, MacBooks, iPads, iPhones, and Apple software, purchase the product through the Education stop.