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Apple Student Discount

Apple Student Discount

Apple offers several student discounts and deals when shopping for a device for college. These deals offer instant savings on hardware, with a free pair of AirPods or even AirPods Pro 2 with a qualifying purchase of a Mac or iPad, but only during certain times of the year.

Shoppers should also pay attention to deals from Apple resellers, as many times limited-time specials and coupon savings meet or beat Apple's own prices, and inlcude discounts on AppleCare as well. These deals do not require a student to be enrolled in college, making it an easy way for parents to pick up a device that can be used by the entire family —   or even educators looking for learning tools within the classroom.

2024 Apple student discounts

MacBook Pro laptop with an illuminated keyboard on a wooden surface, with a blurred room background. The official Apple Store discount is nice, but you can often save more on Macs at Apple resellers.

Back-to-school discounts tend to heat up earlier each year, but there are deals available year-round. Below is a comprehensive list of offers, and many do not require student status. Wondering which iPad to buy? Check out our comprehensive iPad buyer's guide for back-to-school.

Discounts are going on now on Microsoft Office. If you aren't eligible for the free version, check out the offer below.

Adorama coupon

Adorama discounts are open to all AppleInsider readers, regardless of student status.

*Requires use of coupon code APINSIDER.

Amazon

Amazon Prime Student program is perfect for students heading back to class. From free food delivery to discounts on snacks and groceries, Prime Student offers an abundance of deals, with a free 6-month trial available to new members.

B&H EDU Advantage

B&H has partnered with Unidays to offer discounts on thousands of items for higher education students and teachers, including Apple computers. It's free to sign up and the portal even offers expert help to pick out the best MacBook for education. Students can even use B&H Photo's Payboo Card to save on sales tax or secure special financing, and most orders even include free shipping. 

Best Buy

Best Buy has retired its student discount program that required a student ID. Instead, the company offers back-to-school deals that are available to the general public. My Best Buy Plus and Total members are also eligible for bonus perks, with Apple devices regularly available at an additional discount for members.

Latest deals

Apple Store student discount

Save on a qualifying Mac or iPad with an education discount.

Current and newly accepted college students, as well as teachers and education staff at all levels, are eligible for the following deals:

Free headphones promo evolved into a free Apple gift card

For years Apple gave student customers a free set of headphones with the purchase of an eligible device like an iPad or Mac. At times, Apple would even give students the choice between several different Beats by Dre headphones.

In 2021, Apple gave college students a free set of AirPods for buying an eligible device. These popular earbuds retailed for $159, or $199 with a wireless charging case.

Apple allowed customers to upgrade from AirPods to AirPods Pro with a $90 upcharge as well.

In 2022, Apple changed the offer from free AirPods to a free Apple Store gift card valued at up to $150 with select Macs and iPads. In 2023, the promo ran from June 5 to October 2.

Apple Student Discount on AppleCare

A MacBook Air with the Apple M3 chip announcement on screen, next to an AppleCare Protection Plan card, on a desk with colorful background lighting. AppleCare is eligible for a student discount, offering extra protection when toting your laptop to and from class.

Students purchasing eligible products can get AppleCare Plus at a 20% discount during Apple's 2024 Back To School promotion. This doesn't extend to other devices purchased that are not eligible for back-to-school discounts. However, AppleCare is up to $80 off at Apple Authorized Reseller year-round.

Exclusive AppleCare Savings at Adorama

AppleInsider readers can save on AppleCare at Adorama with coupon code APINSIDER when purchased with an eligible Apple product using these activation instructions.

  • AppleCare for 16-inch MacBook Pro M3: $80 off with code APINSIDER
  • AppleCare for 14-inch MacBook Pro M3: $50 off with code APINSIDER
  • AppleCare for MacBook Air: $40 off with code APINSIDER
  • AppleCare for iMac: $30 off with code APINSIDER
  • AppleCare for Mac mini: $20 off with code APINSIDER
  • AppleCare for M4 iPad Pro & iPad Air 6: $14 to $20 off with code APINSIDER

AppleCare Plus acts as an extended warranty for devices, so if the device's screen breaks or case is damaged it can be repaired for a small service fee. Otherwise, out-of-warranty repairs can cost hundreds of dollars.

Students who want to take advantage of the 20% discount can only receive the discount during the Back To School promotion period. Even if the device remains eligible for AppleCare Plus after the period ends, the discount will no longer be valid.

Education prices

Outside of Apple's annual Back To School sale, the company offers a standard student discount on its hardware. The discount varies from device to device and applies even when upgrades are made before purchase.

Macs

iPads

Apple student discount on Apple Music

Apple Music digital music platform interface with a large red music note icon and playlists like Creative Focus and Workout displayed. Apple Music for Students includes Apple TV at no additional cost.

Students can receive discounts on their Apple Music subscription as well. Qualifying students can attach their education discount to their Apple ID and pay only $5.99 per month for Apple Music for up to 48 months.

Students who subscribe to Apple Music can also receive Apple TV Plus for free as a limited offer. These are the single plans of the services and do not extend into a family group.

The Apple Music education pricing and Apple TV Plus offer is valid for up to 48 months as long as the Apple ID remains registered as a student account. If Apple ends the promotion, then the Apple student discount will only end once the subscription lapses.