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.
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.
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.
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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