Prove Student Status Online?

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  1. Peter Griffin macrumors regular

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    How do I prove that I'm a college student when I order online? There wasn't anything to confirm my student status... All i did was select the college. Will I be required to send in anything?
     
  2. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

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    o i c..... so what's the point of having student discounts when anyone can become a 'student'?
     
  3. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    You should follow the honors system. And not use it if you don't deserve it.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    From memory they do random checks but I'm not exactly sure of how this happens. However, I'm 99% sure that they do check some purchases.

    Either way, not directing this at anyone and it kind of goes without saying, but it's not cool to take advantage of this pretty generous offer by Apple.
     
  5. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Sometimes after you check out with your order, they will ask for a scan of your student id, class schedule, first born child, etc. to verify that you are a student.
     
  6. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    Yes it is, I just used it and I'm happy it was there. I tried getting a student discount on Dreamweaver and it was a pain. I had to scan my student idea with a cover letter and a copy of all the order and everything, it was like 10 pages long. Then, they didn't get it so I had to call and do it all over again.
    'Twas a pain. ;)
    Apple always seems to make everything easier for the consumer. Kudos to you Apple.
     
  7. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think they check. I've never heard of anyone getting verified before.
     
  8. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    I just bought an iBook, no check.
    I bet if you bought like a PowerMac G5 and some other stuff they might check because 9/10 students wouldn't buy that. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Unless you're a teacher.
     
  10. yoda13 macrumors 65816

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    I bought the maxed out 15" powerbook last fall, and they didn't check, but I would expect that they must check sometime :cool:
     
  11. Peter Griffin thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm a student. Not trying to cheat the system or anything I just wanted to know so I could prepare to send something in. :cool:
     
  12. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    Then they wouldn't be a student. :p
    I said 9/10 students ;)
    Unless it was the 1/10 that would use it for serious video editing and graphics as their major.
     
  13. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I didn't doubt your legitimacy for a second Peter Griffin, I just thought I'd put that little disclaimer in. :)

    I wouldn't worry too much about "getting prepared" for being checked because it's very rare and Apple won't mind if it takes a while to get your stuff together proving your eligibility status.
     
  14. Xephian macrumors 6502a

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    Students and teachers verify for this educational discount.
     
  15. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    I know, but I just said 9/10 students wouldn't need one.

    Nevermind...drop it. :rolleyes:
     
  16. assscat macrumors regular

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    Whilst Apple may not check student status online, if you are a student and especially if you are a university student, I would recommend ordering over the phone from the Apple Education Store. This way they do ask for ID, but you get a better discount than you do online.

    For example, I ordered my iBook a few weeks ago from the online education store. It was a stock 12" with an 80GB HD. Look at the prices quoted.

    Online Apple Store: £768.99
    Online Apple Education Store: £722.86
    Apple Education Store: £676.47

    Well worth ringing up and having to provide ID.
     
  17. tow21 macrumors newbie

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    I ordered precisely the same configuration of iBook earlier this week, and managed to get the fully reduced price online, without having to prove any ID. You have to make sure to go to the Apple *Higher* Education store, though, (so it only applies to staff & students of higher education institutions) - but they still don't check ID.
     
  18. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000

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    They do random checks. They asked me to email my mum's ATL (teacher's union) card as a scanned image.

    Now, after my results yesterday, that I'm into Bath university i'll have my own student's union card (NUS) but not until October. So I'll be using my mum's teacher one again soon to buy an iBook for uni.
     
  19. drumpat01 macrumors 6502

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    im glad someone asked this because I'm a student and I am about to order my iBook either today or tomorrow and was wondering how I could get my discount online. So thanks :)
     
  20. gco212 macrumors 6502

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    Don't they accept an acceptance letter from a school as proof of status.
     
  21. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    That would be kind of stupid. I could get accepted to a college but then decide to not even go to college at all. Then you shouldn't qualify.
     
  22. AJ Muni macrumors 65816

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    :D When i buy at an Apple retail store, they ask for my student ID. :D
     
  23. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    They take a student ID, schedule of classes, tuition bill, or an admissions letter. However, the acceptance letter must be recent (less than a few months old) as an indicator that you are buying in preparation for school but don't have any of the more preferred documents yet.

    They most certainly do check, and many universities now require you to enter your student ID number into the Apple store before getting access. I'm not sure if this is decided on a per-university level or if Apple is gradually introducing that slightly stronger check.
     
  24. assscat macrumors regular

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    Ah yes, but "Apple Store for Higher Education (Note that you can only access this Store from your Institution's network)". Being a) the holidays ATM and b) not starting my course until September, that option wasn't available to me.
     

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