How to get stu­dent or teacher dis­counts on Ap­ple prod­ucts

Did you know you can save money by shop­ping for your next Mac or ipad on the Ap­ple Ed­u­ca­tion Store?

Macworld (USA) - - Contents - BY EAMMON JA­COBS

If you’re a stu­dent, the sum­mer break is about re-eval­u­at­ing the next year of your stud­ies, whether that’s start­ing col­lege or sim­ply con­tin­u­ing the course you’re al­ready on. One im­por­tant thing to con­sider is the de­vices you’ll be work­ing on to achieve your ed­u­ca­tional goals. And if your tar­get is a new Mac or ipad, know that Ap­ple has a ded­i­cated Ed­u­ca­tion Store ( go.mac­ that of­fers spe­cific dis­counts for stu­dents. In this ar­ti­cle we’ll tell you how to get

these dis­counts and what’s on of­fer.

It’s not just the ones pay­ing at­ten­tion in class that are eli­gi­ble for get­ting the best deal, either—par­ents of stu­dents, fac­ulty, staff, and home-school teach­ers can also buy from the Ed­u­ca­tion Store. Ap­ple clearly rec­og­nizes the op­por­tu­ni­ties that the ed­u­ca­tion mar­ket of­fers—just look at the stu­dent ID card and Ap­ple Wal­let and Watch in­te­gra­tion an­nounced at WWDC ( go. mac­

Al­though there isn’t a spe­cific ver­i­fi­ca­tion por­tal to ac­cess the store (as there is in the UK [ go.mac­ hmed]), and the cus­tomer isn’t asked to pro­vide any ev­i­dence of their stu­dent or teacher sta­tus, such as an ID card or an in­sti­tu­tion email, Ap­ple rou­tinely au­dits any pur­chases made. There’s no way of know­ing how of­ten au­dits are car­ried out, but if your pur­chase is flagged, you’ll be re­quired to show ev­i­dence that you’re eli­gi­ble for the dis­count. Fail­ure to pro­vide proof of el­i­gi­bil­ity will re­sult in an in­voice for money owed. Fail­ure to pay that will re­sult in le­gal ac­tion, so it’s not worth the risk of pre­tend­ing to be a stu­dent.


If you’re all about porta­bil­ity, the Macbook Air ( go.mac­ with a 1.8GHZ pro­ces­sor and 128GB of stor­age is avail­able for $849, sav­ing $150 from the usual price. It’s the only de­vice on the store with a dis­count higher than $50. But if you’re look­ing for some­thing that packs more of a punch, the Macbook ( go. mac­ might suit you bet­ter. Or con­sider the Macbook Pro ( go. mac­, which sits nicely at $1,249, down from $1,299.

Or maybe you’re more in­ter­ested in a

desk­top. In that case, the imac ( go. mac­ starts out at $1,049, which is more af­ford­able than the Mac­books. You can even find sav­ings on an imac Pro ( go.mac­, al­though its $4,599 price will likely ex­ceed most stu­dents’ bud­get.

How­ever, if you’re look­ing for a sys­tem with broad ca­pa­bil­i­ties that can con­nect multiple mon­i­tors, it could be worth in­vest­ing in the Mac Pro ( go.mac­world. com/newp), which is avail­able on the ed­u­ca­tion store start­ing at $2,799. If, on the other hand, you’re in­ter­ested in get­ting the cheap­est ma­chine pos­si­ble on the Ed­u­ca­tion Store, that would be the Mac mini ( go.mac­, which starts at $479.

Bear in mind, these prices re­flect the min­i­mum specs. If you need more stor­age space or a faster pro­ces­sor, there are other op­tions avail­able, which would ob­vi­ously be more ex­pen­sive but still carry a $50 sav­ings over the stan­dard store.


If you’re look­ing for a tablet to use in or out of class, the Ed­u­ca­tion Store also of­fers a se­lec­tion of ipads. The cheap­est ipad ( go.mac­ starts off at $309, work­ing up (or down) to the ipad mini 4 at $379 ( go.mac­ If you’d pre­fer the pre­mium op­tion, look at the ipad Pro for $629 ( go.mac­ ipdp), or the larger 12.9-inch ver­sion of the ipad Pro for $779 ( go.mac­


Alas, iphones and ipods aren’t avail­able on the Ed­u­ca­tion Store—but you shouldn’t be on your phone in class any­way. Nei­ther are any of the de­vice ac­ces­sories dis­counted, but you’re still able to pur­chase ex­tras in the same trans­ac­tion. There is a cost-ef­fi­cient app pack­age, how­ever: the Pro Apps bun­dle for Ed­u­ca­tion, which is an ex­tra $199.99 on top of whichever de­vice you pur­chase. It comes with Fi­nal Cut Pro X, Mo­tion and Com­pres­sor, Logic Pro X, and Main­stage. If you’re on a cre­ative path, it could be a wor­thy



If you’re look­ing to get rid of your cur­rent de­vice to buy a newer model, luck­ily there’s a trade-in scheme ( go.mac­world. com/tdin). It al­lows you to get credit for your cur­rent de­vice, be it an iphone, an An­droid, or a Sam­sung de­vice, a Macbook, or an imac: Ap­ple ac­cepts trade-ins from all brands. You’ll be given an in-store gift card, mean­ing you’ll be able to spend less and get more.


Also avail­able to stu­dents is a monthly dis­count on Ap­ple Mu­sic ( go.mac­world. com/apms), with the first three months com­pletely free. Stu­dents can get a sub­scrip­tion to the ser­vice at $4.99 per month, for up to four years. You’ll need to use the on­line ser­vice UNIDAYS ( go. mac­ unid) to prove you’re en­rolled in a univer­sity or col­lege. It will oc­ca­sion­ally check to val­i­date that you’re still a stu­dent, and it will au­to­mat­i­cally swap over to an in­di­vid­ual sub­scrip­tion rate of $9.99 if your sta­tus changes.

It’s worth re­mem­ber­ing that if you work for a school, col­lege, or univer­sity, it’s also pos­si­ble to bulk-buy Ap­ple de­vices for class­rooms across your cam­pus.

Check out Ap­ple’s ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion site for fur­ther dis­counts ( go.mac­world. com/edid).

If you’re buy­ing for your­self, you’ll be given a choice of pick­ing up your or­der from the near­est Ap­ple Store or hav­ing it de­liv­ered. If you’re head­ing in-store, don’t for­get to take some gov­ern­ment-is­sued iden­ti­fi­ca­tion with you along­side ev­i­dence that you’re eli­gi­ble for the stu­dent or teacher dis­counts, whether that’s a letter or sep­a­rate ID card. ■

Stu­dents can save on a se­lec­tion of Ap­ple desk­tops and porta­bles from the Ed­u­ca­tion Store.

From the 12.9-inch ipad Pro to the wee ipad mini 4, there’s a tablet for ev­ery type of stu­dent.

You can trade in an old Mac for a newer model.

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