Apple Student Discount Guide: Savings for Students and Teachers

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If you're a student or a teacher, you should know that Apple offers educational discounts on a variety of Apple products, along with cheaper Apple Music subscriptions and more.

This guide provides details on the educational benefits that you can get from Apple as a student or a teacher along with eligibility requirements.


Apple's Educational Site

Apple has an entire separate site that's dedicated to students and teachers who are interested in buying Apple products at a discount, with the products listed at their educational pricing.

The EDU store offers a discount on all Mac and all iPad models. With the EDU discount, for example, the entry-level MacBook Air is available for $999 instead of $1099, a discount of $100, and the iPad is available for $309 instead of $329.


Discounts available vary based on price point, but are right around the 10 percent mark. You'll see the biggest discounts on Apple's most expensive items, such as the iMac Pro, which is marked down by $400.

Apple does not offer educational discounts on the iPhone, Apple Watch, HomePod, Apple TV, AirPods, or Apple accessories.

Eligibility

According to Apple's EDU sales policies in the United States, the following people are eligible to make a purchase from the EDU store:
  • Students attending a higher education institution, such as a university.
  • Faculty and staff of higher education institutions.
  • Any employee of a public or private K-12 institution in the United States, including school board members or appointed members (like PTA or PTO executives).
  • Homeschool teachers.
  • Parents who have a student attending a public or private higher education institution.
In reality, in the United States, there is no hard check for making a purchase from the educational store. There's no need to verify school attendance or place of employment, so technically, anyone can make a purchase from the EDU store.

Apple does, however, require customers to check a box that confirms they're a member of one of the defined groups and eligible to make a purchase, so there could potentially be consequences for those who are not, in fact, eligible and attempt to make a purchase.

Purchase Limits

Faculty, staff, and students making a qualified purchase from the EDU store can purchase the following discounted products each academic school year:
  • 1 desktop Mac
  • 1 Mac mini
  • 1 Mac notebook
  • 3 iPads
  • 2 software titles
EDU Discounts Outside of the U.S.

Apple offers educational discounts outside of the United States, and the method of verification varies by country.

In the UK, for example, enrollment must be verified using the UNiDAYS service or through Apple using a student ID or university acceptance letter. Not all countries require this level of verification, so it's best to look at the educational site for the country where you live.

Discounted Apple Music

Students who are enrolled in degree-granting colleges and universities can join Apple Music for $4.99 per month for up to 48 months in total.


Getting a discounted Apple Music subscription requires validation through UNiDAYS, a validation service that makes sure you're actually a student.

Discounted Apple Music subscriptions are available in more than 80 countries.

Continuing an Apple Music subscription will require yearly verification through the UNiDAYS service. At the end of 48 months or when student status expires, a student Apple Music subscription will become an individual subscription at $9.99 per month.

Free Apple TV+ (Apple Music Required)

All students who have a verified student subscription to Apple Music will also get free access to Apple TV+, Apple's streaming television service.


Apple TV+ is normally priced at $4.99 per month. Student access can't be shared with Family Sharing and is for the student only. A list of countries where Apple TV+ is available can be found on Apple's website.

Discounted Software

Students, teachers, and school faculty members can get a software bundle that includes all of Apple's pro apps for video and audio editing.


That includes Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3. Restrictions are the same as when making an iPad or Mac purchase through the EDU store in the United States.

Verification is not required in the U.S. to purchase the bundle, but it may be required in other countries.

Back to School Events

Apple holds Back to School promotions every year for multiple countries, with the promotion typically offering free Beats headphones with the purchase of a Mac or iPad.


The Back to School promotion usually takes place in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and multiple countries in Europe right around July, while Back to School Apple sales in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Brazil happen in January.

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pmas76

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All I kept thinking while I was reading this post was..."Please don't stumble upon the section that states Apple is now getting strict with having to prove that a person is entitled to the education discount..."
 

MarkB786

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I believe that parents of home school and college students also qualify for the discount. At the end of the day, the typical discount for hardware is comparable to what you might save at third party sellers during a sale. The main big perk is the annual Back-to-School promotion where you can pick up headphones as part of the package.
 

tharitm

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But ironically the prices aren’t that much of a discount when you compare with the prices usually on Amazon and Best Buy. The only time when it’s a good choice to buy through the edu store is during the back to school promo.
 

kinless

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Would love to pick up the software bundle, but it doesn't look I can use my Apple ID funds to pay for it. Shame cause I've been banking that for a few years now.
 

lilrush

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As a Canadian buyer, there does not appear to be any verification to get the student prices on Macs either. I am a student, but have never been asked to prove it.
 

mikedit

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As a Canadian buyer, there does not appear to be any verification to get the student prices on Macs either. I am a student, but have never been asked to prove it.
I was at my local Apple store here in Canada this past weekend and witnessed an Apple employee ask a person for their student ID so it does happen on occasion. He was buying the 16 inch MacBook Pro.
 
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pgharavi

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Is the Apple TV+ benefit for only one year? Or is it for the duration of your education?
 

joeblow7777

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As a Canadian buyer, there does not appear to be any verification to get the student prices on Macs either. I am a student, but have never been asked to prove it.
I was at my local Apple store here in Canada this past weekend and witnessed an Apple employee ask a person for their student ID so it does happen on occasion. He was buying the 16 inch MacBook Pro.
I’m a teacher in Canada. I’ve purchased multiple iPads through the edu site and have never provided any credentials. I’m pretty sure that the only reason it’s not exploited more is because people don’t know about it.
 

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Most companies give me an educational discount because of my technology leadership position at a public school, but some don't consider me qualified because I'm a volunteer. In other words, If I got paid for the same work, I'd qualify, even though it's reasonable to assume that most people who don't get paid for education jobs are more in need of discounts.
 
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odonnelly99

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Also, don’t forget, Veterans get 10% off apple products if you:

1. Verify that you’re a veteran through id.me or whatever its called
2. Use Apples military/Veterans site to buy your stuff.

I treat myself to one OEM band per year (well, two this year, because of a horrible break up. I said screw it). On Friday, I picked up the black* leather loop for $89.00.

Not the biggest discount in the world, but hey, 10 bucks is 10 bucks, right?**

*Anyone else notice how Apples black color this year is more of a storm gray? Both on my band, and on my leather case for my 11 pro max. I’m not at all complaining, I actually kind of like it. But forewarning, if you’re thinking about buying one, it’s not going to be BLACK black.

** I’m fully aware that you can buy a similarly looking band on Amazon or AliExpress or at 7-11 for a much lower price. I think that’s great; most of my bands are non-OEM. But a quality 3rd party leather loop is very hard to find.

This is my most recent 3rd party loop, purchased from amazon for $20-ish.



This thing is falling apart at the place where you REALLY don’t want it to fall apart. Also it’s clearly not real leather. Honestly, I’m not really sure what it is.

And here’s a photos comparing the colors:

 

ersan191

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Is the Apple TV+ benefit for only one year? Or is it for the duration of your education?
It's until they decide to cancel it, they made it clear that it's for a limited time. There is no one year guarantee or limit.
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I hope they do start verifying EDU purchases more carefully.
Does it really hurt you if other people are getting discounts?
 
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Ryanmrash

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I got Best Buy to match Apple’s .edu price on my 16” MBP. Simply asked and offered my university staff id. No problem at all.
 

xenti

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Sadly, I start grad school in January and don’t a chance to get any back to school specials.
 

EmotionalSnow

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It's until they decide to cancel it, they made it clear that it's for a limited time. There is no one year guarantee or limit.
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Does it really hurt you if other people are getting discounts?
Actually, yes it does hurt all others because Apple has to pass their loss on to the customers which makes their products a bit more expensive. And honestly, why should someone who is not a student, teacher etc get an educational discount? That‘s not really fair, other people buy it at the normal price ...
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Sadly, I start grad school in January and don’t a chance to get any back to school specials.
I also missed out on the back to school promotion because I was waiting for the 16” model. Life sometimes sucks but there’s no use to complaining about it :(
 
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tharitm

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Actually, yes it does hurt all others because Apple has to pass their loss on to the customers which makes their products a bit more expensive. And honestly, why should someone who is not a student, teacher etc get an educational discount? That‘s not really fair, other people buy it at the normal price ...
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I also missed out on the back to school promotion because I was waiting for the 16” model. Life sometimes sucks but there’s no use to complaining about it :(
The good thing is that, there is always next year with the 14" as well hopefully. And plenty of time for any problems from the 16" to emerge.
 

EmotionalSnow

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The good thing is that, there is always next year with the 14" as well hopefully. And plenty of time for any problems from the 16" to emerge.
I bought the 16” model because I need a laptop for school, so let’s hope they didn’t **** it up 😅