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It’s no secret that college and grad school is expensive.
Along with pricey textbooks, tuition, and rent, you’ll likely need to invest in a new computer and software for your studies. If you’re living off of Ramen noodles, blowing money on a new laptop may seem totally nuts. Luckily, cash-strapped students don’t need to shortchange themselves on good tech. One of (very few economic perks) of being a student are the deals and discounts tech companies dole out year-round.
Here are some of our favorites.
Students and educators can save up to $200 on a new Macbook and $20 on a new iPad. Apple traditionally doesn’t offer student discounts on any of its software, including Final Cut Pro X or Keynote for Mac. But you can save on Apple software by buying discounted iTunes gift cards, which often go on sale at big-box retailers for 15 percent off or more.
Students who are at least 13 years of age can qualify for up to a 70 percent discount on Adobe products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and more. High school and college instructors are also eligible.
Amazon Student is essentially six free months of Amazon Prime, with all the perks, most notably two-day free shipping and unlimited photo storage included. After that six months is over, students can opt into Amazon Prime at a 50 percent discount. It’s a great deal if you plan on shopping on Amazon at all during the school year.
Best Buy offers a wide range of student discounts on desktops, laptops, and tablets. If you sign-up for Best Buy’s College Student Deals email list, you’ll receive coupons as they become available.
Educators can receive up to 15 percent off on Bose headphones, entertainment systems, speakers, and accessories. There’s just one catch: The offer is only available by phone at (800) 353-4207. Be sure to mention the “Educators’ Program.”
Students and educators, both college and K-12, qualify for Dell University’s discounts on laptops and desktops. Deals include a free Samsung TV with any purchase of a $699.99 Dell laptop.
Students get 50 percent off the monthly price of Spotify Premium, which comes down to $4.99 a month. Considering it’s unlimited ad-free streaming music, it’s not a bad deal if you use Spotify Premium as a substitute for buying music. It’s the same price as Pandora One, which allows for unlimited skips and ad-free listening.
Sprint offers a 10 percent student discount on regularly priced monthly service plans and waives activation fees. Best Buy and Sprint also offer a My Way Student promotion, which offers students 12 months of free talk, text, and 1 GB of data with purchase of a smartphone.
Amrita Khalid is a technology and politics reporter who specializes in breaking down complex issues into practical, useful terms. A former contributor to CQ, a Congressional news and analysis site, she's currently a master's candidate in international relations at the University of Leeds.