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Get your Apple student discount in 2021

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Yearning to get your hands on an Apple student discount? We've got fantastic news for you. Whether you're at university or college, Apple wants your business and is offering some brilliant discounts (and some great freebies) to tempt you.

If you're thinking it's as simple as Apple offering one discount for you to apply to its entire product range, you're wrong. There are instead individual discounts for certain products, with the amount you save varying from device to device.

This makes the whole thing a little confusing but never fear, we'll outline all you need to know, from the groups of people entitled to a discount (it's actually not just students who qualify), and exactly how you apply. Want more Apple deals? Check out our iPad deals post.

Apple student discount deals: US

Save on a range of MacBooks
You can save on a range of MacBooks in the US as a student, including the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro and Mac mini. For example, a MacBook Air could be yours for as little as $899.View Deal

Save on a range of iPads
There are offers available on a range of iPads at Apple, too. You can get an iPad Pro from $749 and an iPad from $309. And an iPad is the perfect device to take notes on during lectures.
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Save on an iMac, iMac Pro, Mac Pro or Mac mini
You can get a brand new iMac from $1,049 as a student or educator. There are also deals on the Mac Pro (from $5,599), the Mac mini (from $679) or even the Pro Display XDR (from $4,599).
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Get half price Apple Music and free Apple TV+
As a student you can get Apple Music for half-price: you'll pay just $4.99 a month rather than the usual $9.99 for up to 48 months. You'll have access to 60 million songs, and you'll also get Apple TV + for a limited time.View Deal

Apple student discount: Get Pro Apps Bundle for $199
Students can get five industry leading apps from Apple for less. The Pro Apps Bundle includes Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Motion, Compressor and MainStage, all for just $199.View Deal

Apple student discount deals: UK

Save up to £280 on a range of MacBooks
You can save up to £280 on a brand new Mac from Apple as a student. These include the brand new M1 MacBooks and MacBook Airs, so are definitely worth looking in to.View Deal

Save up to £80 on a range of iPads
You can save up to £80 on a brand new iPad, including the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad and iPad mini as a student. Discounts like these from Apple itself are rare, so snap them up while you can!View Deal

iPad Air: Get free AirPods with iPad Air | From £479 at Apple
At just 456g and 6.1mm, the iPad Air is super-portable; ideal for the busy student crossing campus from noon to night. But it still packs plenty of power thanks to its A12 Bionic chip.
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iPad Pro: Get free AirPods with an iPad Pro | From £769 at Apple
The iPad Pro is the ultimate mobile workstation for students who have serious computing needs. Whether you choose the 11-inch or 12.9-inch model, you can add on the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard too for everything a student could want.
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MacBook Air: Get free AirPods with a MacBook Air | From £999 at Apple
Weighing just 1.29kg, the MacBook Air can be lugged around campus without it ever slowing you down. And its Retina display, new Magic Keyboard, Touch ID, fast performance and all-day battery life make it a great choice for students.View Deal

MacBook Pro: Get free AirPods with MacBook Pro 13" & 16" | From £1,299 at Apple
At the high end of Apple's laptops, the MacBook Pro isn't cheap, but it certainly delivers. The choice of creative professionals who need a ton of processing power, this device will handle the most processor-intensive tasks quickly and efficiently.View Deal

iMac: Get free AirPods with iMac | From £1,049 at Apple
The iMac is an all-in-one desktop computer that combines beautiful design with impressive capabiltiies. With a beautiful Retina display, this delivers a level of power and performance that will suit any student.View Deal

iMac Pro: Get free AirPods with iMac Pro | From £4,899 at Apple
Apple's iMac Pro features the most powerful collection of graphics, processors, storage, memory, and I/O of any Mac. A worthwhile choice you're studying a computer-intensive discipline such as film-making, photography or animation.View Deal

Apple student discount: Get 50% off a subscription to Apple Music
As a student you can get Apple Music for half-price: you'll pay just £4.99 a month rather than the usual £9.99 for up to 48 months. You'll have access to 60 million songs, and you'll also get Apple TV + for a limited time.View Deal

Who is eligible for an Apple student discount?

01. Further or higher education students

Anyone who's 16 years old or older, enrolled in a further or higher education establishment, such as a college or university, and has a document or a student ID that proves it, can take advantage of an Apple student discount. That means people Americans would call post-high school students, and British people would call sixth-form and university students are eligible.

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

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 outlined above) and buying on their behalf. You cannot get 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 you work there. That includes not only teachers and lecturers, but also any other 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, each country follows a different process. 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 are taking a more restrictive approach to checking your credentials. To get your Apple student discount, visit the UK Apple Store for Education and 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, then 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.

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