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Apple student discount: All you need to know in 2021

Apple student discount
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After an Apple student discount? We've got great news for you. Whether you're at university or college, Apple wants your business and us offering some fantastic discounts (and some nice freebies) to tempt you.

However, it's not quite as simple as Apple offering a single discount for you to apply to its entire product range. Instead, there are individual discounts for certain products, and the amount that you save varies from device to device.

This means the Apple student discount can seem a little confusing at first. But don't fret, here we'll go through everything you need to know, from who's entitled to a discount (it's not only students who qualify) to exactly how you can apply. Want more Apple deals? Check out our iPad deals post or our Apple Prime Day deals. Meanwhile, read on for our guide to Apple student discount.

Apple student discount

Apple student discount deals: US

Apple student discount deals: UK

Who is eligible for an Apple student discount?

01. Further or higher education students

Anyone aged 16 or older who's enrolled in a further or higher education establishment, such as a college or university, and has a document or a student ID to proves it, can take advantage of an Apple student discount. That means those who fall into the category of post-high school students in the US or sixth-form and university students in the UK are eligible.

Also note that you can get the Apple student discount as soon as you've been accepted onto your course, even if you haven't started it yet.

02. Parents of students 

It's not just students themselves who can benefit from an Apple student discount. You can also get one if you're the parent of a student in further or higher education (as described above) and buying the device on their behalf. You cannot claim the discount, of course, if you are simply buying the product for yourself. 

03. People working in education

Staff members at further or higher education colleges and universities, both public and private, can apply for the discount too, as long as you can provide documentation that proves where you work. This includes not only teachers and lecturers but also non-teaching staff, such as administrative workers. 

Also eligible for the Apple student discount are homeschool teachers, currently serving members of a school board, and currently service executives of a PTA or PTO (parent-teacher association or organisation).

How to get an Apple student discount

Whether you're a student, a teacher, an education worker, a parent, a school board member or a PTA member, you get your Apple student discount in the same way: by visiting the Apple Store for Education and then verifying your credentials. 

However, the process is a little different in each country. 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, Apple takes a more restrictive approach to checking credentials. 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 you don't want to use Unidays, however, you don't have to. Alternatively, you can sign up by calling or online chatting with Apple directly, or by visiting an Apple Store in person (if current restrictions allow).

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.