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Apple student discount: all you need to know in 2021

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Seeking an Apple Student discount? Well, you're in luck — if you're a student in the US or the UK then now is the perfect time to grab yourself an Apple bargain. Not only do you get great discounts, but students are also offered one wicked freebie. 

If you're looking to save some money on Apple Mac or iPad range, then now is the time to splurge, because not only can you get discounted hardware, but Apple will also chuck in a free pair of AirPods (or huge discounts on wireless AirPods or AirPod Pros.)

It's hard to say exactly how much you will save as there are no set discounts applied across the product range, but you can expect to save around 10 per cent off the full price of a Mac or iPad. We're sure if you do a little shopping around though, you might be able to find even better savings.    

Read on to find out what you can get with your Apple student discount, and also to discover who's eligible for a discount (it's not just students) as well as how to apply. Want more Apple deals? Check out our Apple Back to School dedicated post, our iPad deals post or our regularly-updated guide to the best Apple deals. Meanwhile, read on for our guide to getting an Apple student discount.

There's more than just hardware savings and free tech though, read on to discover more Apple savings, who's eligible for a discount (that's right, it's not just students) and how to apply. If you don't qualify for an Apple student discount though then don't worry, make sure you check out our Apple back to school deals, our best iPad deals, or our trusty best Apple deals page, jam-packed with Apple savings (you're welcome) 

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Apple student discount deals: US

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Who is eligible for an Apple student discount?

01. Further or higher education students

All you have to be to qualify for a student discount, is 16 or older and enrolled in further or higher education such as university or college, with the student ID to prove it — how simple is that? You can get the Apple student discount as soon as you've been accepted onto your sixth form, college, or university course, even if you haven't started yet. 

02. Parents of students 

It may come as a surprise, but it's not only students who can claim an Apple student discount, parents can too. If you are a parent or guardian of a student in further or higher education (as described above) and are buying an Apple device on your child's behalf, then you'll qualify for the discount too. Remember though, you can't claim the discount if you're buying the product for yourself. 

03. People working in education

If you work in education then you can also qualify for an Apple student discount. Staff members at further or higher education colleges and universities, both public and private, can apply; you'll need to provide documentation that proves where you work. You don't have to be a teacher or lecturer; non-teaching staff such as administrative workers are eligible too. 

If you work in education then you'll also qualify for an Apple Student discount. If you are a staff member at a (either private or public) further or higher education college or university you can treat yourself to some Apple savings. You'll need to provide some documentation that proves where you work, and it doesn't matter if you are a teacher, lecturer, non-teaching staff, or homeschool teacher serving as a member of the school board - you are all eligible for an Apple student discount. Apple has even made it so service executives of a PTA or PTO (parent-teacher association or organisation) can save on its products.

How to get an Apple student discount

You don't have to be a student! Apple student discounts are available for students, teachers, education workers, parents, school board members and PTA members, and you can get them by visiting the Apple Store for Education and then verifying your credentials. 

How you get it, however, varies depending on where you are. In the USA, visit the US Apple Store for Education, ideally using your university network, and follow the steps to choose your items. It's good to have your proof of eligibility to hand, although you may not need it, as Apple seems to be largely operating on a trust system, and only asking for this on a random basis.

In the UK, it's a little less straightforward. To get your Apple student discount, visit the UK Apple Store for Education where you'll be invited to sign up online via the student discount website Unidays. It's free to register, but you'll need to provide the name of your college and details about your course, or similar information if you're applying as a parent, teacher, etc. 

If that all sounds like far too much hassle, there's an alternative route to getting your Apple student discount. It's possible to sign up by calling or chatting online with Apple directly, or by visiting an Apple Store in person.

What products does the discount apply to?

If you're looking for a Mac, then the Apple Student Discount applies to the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (13-inch), MacBook Pro (16-inch), iMac and iMac Pro, as well as the Mac Pro and the Mac mini. Meanwhile, if you're on the hunt for iPad, you'll find an Apple Student discount on the iPad Pro and iPad Air, as well as the iPad and the iPad mini.

The big news right now is that you can get an Apple student discount on select Mac computers (iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini) and iPads (iPad Air and iPad Pro). You can save up to $200 / £280 on a Mac and up to $100 / £80 on an iPad, plus the chance to get a pair of free AirPods (worth $159/£159) thrown in, and a 20% discount on AppleCare+ to protect your devices. 

The other big Apple student discount at the moment is on Apple Music. This one's a bit simpler: a straightforward 50 per cent off, which means you pay $4.99 / £4.99 per month rather than the normal $9.99 / £9.99 per month for up to 48 months.

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design, photography and tech. He is author of Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books. He has previously been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine.