Prove Student Status Online?

Peter Griffin

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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?
 

Peter Griffin

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

mad jew

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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.
 

iMatt mini

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mad jew said:
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.
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.
 

yoda13

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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:
 

Peter Griffin

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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:
 

mad jew

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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.
 

Xephian

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iMatt mini said:
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.
Students and teachers verify for this educational discount.
 

assscat

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Jul 29, 2005
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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.
 

tow21

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assscat said:
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.
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.
 

SpaceMagic

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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.
 

drumpat01

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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 :)
 

gco212

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Jul 21, 2004
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SpaceMagic said:
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.
Don't they accept an acceptance letter from a school as proof of status.
 

matticus008

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gco212 said:
Don't they accept an acceptance letter from a school as proof of status.
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.
 

assscat

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tow21 said:
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.
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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