Tuition, room and board may be the largest line items for college students but they are far from the only costs of higher education. College students need to outfit their dorms, buy books for classes, and pay for transportation to and from college. They may also need to buy boots or a heavier jacket if they attend school in a cold climate or clothes for an internship.
Fortunately, numerous companies offer student discounts to help teens (and their parents) feel a tiny bit less pain whenever they swipe their credit cards.
We compiled the following list (click the links for specific details) but know there are countless others that extend this financial perk to college students. Remember, as the saying goes, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!” Students should always ask at the register for a discount with college ID in hand.
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Bed, Bath & Beyond: Create a College Savings Pass and get 20% off all purchases until 9/30/21.
Amazon Prime for Students: Unlimited FREE 2-day shipping and other special deals for students including discounts on Grubhub +, Calm, Student Universe travel and much more.
Technology and School Supplies
Academic Superstore: Offers tons of discounted pricing on educational software including Adobe, Microsoft, Sony, and many others!
Adobe – creative cloud: Students and teachers save almost 70% if you purchase Adobe Cloud before September 3.
Apple: Students can save up to $100 on a MacBook and up to $50 on an iPad.
Dell University: Discounts on technology for students.
HP: Register for the HP Education Store with your “.edu” email address and receive tons of exclusive discounts every day.
JourneyEd: JourneyEd offers academic software discounts at up to 85% off retail prices for students, teachers, faculty, and schools.
Lenovo: Save 5% on tablets, laptops, desktops, monitors, and more after verifying student status on ID.me.
Microsoft: Students and parents enjoy a discount of up to 10% on select school essentials.
Norton: Cybersecurity protection with special pricing for students.
Sony: #SONYEDU offers access to the newsletter featuring exclusive content and offers.
Best Buy: Discounts on a wide variety of electronics.
Fed Ex: You can save 30% on a document with FedEx Envelop/Pak and 20% on a package with FedEx IP service with your student ID card!
Das Keyboard: Get 20% off a new keyboard plus free ground shipping.
Audible: Students save 30%.
AT&T: Save $10 a month per line on AT&T Unlimited Elite®—with 5G access included at no extra charge. Plus, additional benefits based on your school or university.
Logitech: Students get 25% off.
Evernote: Evernote is an app designed for note-taking, organization, task management, and archives. As a student, you can get 50% off a full year of Evernote Personal.
Samsung: By registering for the Education Discount Program, students, parents, and educators can save up to an extra 15% for a total of up to 30% off smartphones, laptops, tablets, and more.
Zappos: 10% off shoes, accessories, clothing, and more.
ASOS: 10% off.
Banana Republic: Another great place for internship clothes. 15% off full-priced items in-store with a student ID.
Club Monaco: 15% off regular and sale-priced items in any Club Monaco store and online.
Topshop: 10% off Topshop apparel in stores and online.
Vineyard Vines: Sign up for 15% off of everything.
LL Bean: 10% off.
J Crew: College students get 15% off with student ID.
Kate Spade: Students get 15% off.
Forever 21: 17% off.
Madewell: Students get 15% off online and in-store.
Dockers: Students get 25% off.
Express: Students get 5% off.
Modcloth: Students get 25% off by registering with StudentBeans.
Transportation and Insurance
NJ Transit: College students get 25% off with select schools.
ShortLine/Coach USA: Offers 15% discount for students traveling from or to selected schools listed on their website.
Eurail: Age 27 or under get 25% off travel in Europe.
Allstate: If you are unmarried and under age 25, you can save if you have a GPA of 2.7 or above with the Smart Student Discount.
Geico: You can qualify for the Good Student Discount if you maintain a “B” average or higher.
Esurance: Current students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher can save 10%.
Liberty Mutual: Offers the Good Student Discount for students with an average GPA of “B” or better. There is also the Student-Away-at-School Discount if your child is away at school and only drives occasionally.
State Farm: Students ages 16-25 can save up to 25% by having a “B” or better GPA or being in the top 20% of their class rank.
Travelers: Offers the Good Student Discount or the Student-Away-at-School Discount.
Jiffy Lube: 10% off for students.
Nationwide: Offers the Good Student Discount.
General Motors: Current college students, graduate students, or alumni who have graduated within the past two years are eligible for a discount.
Farmers Insurance: Has the Good Student Discount.
Progressive: Save 10% with the Good Student Discount.
Chains may offer discounts or free food or sides. Be prepared to show your student ID when you place your order.
Can’t Live Without
The New York Times: Get unlimited articles for just $1 a week.
Spotify Premium: 50% off.
Verizon Wireless: Save up to $25 a month on unlimited plans with exclusive discounts for college students.
Wall Street Journal: Get unlimited access for $4 a month.
The Economist: Students save 50%.
Unidays: This site gives many student discounts when you verify you are a student with your school email address.
Headspace: Student plan is just $9.99 per year.
Groupon: Get an extra 25% off local deals for six months, then an extra 15% off local deals as long as you are a student!