The best offers and discounts for students

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With President Joe Biden’s federal student loan forgiveness plans making headlines lately, it can be easy to overlook the rising cost of going to college or university in the first place.

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Paying for college can be a daunting financial task. As College Data reported, according to the College Board, “A moderate college budget for an out-of-state student attending a four-year public college in 2021-22 averages $27,330. For international students at public colleges, the average budget is $44,150, and for students attending private colleges, the average budget is $54,800.

It is not a negligible sum. However, there are ways for every college or university student to save a few dollars, especially when it comes to entertainment options, technology, food, or general goods. Many popular brands offer great deals and discounts for students, either through their own storefronts or through vendor sites such as UNiDAYS and Student Beans.

So whether you’ve already started your semester or are about to, here are some of the best student discounts this year.

Entertainment

CMA: The reality is that sometimes you have to leave your dorm or apartment and take a break from the books. When you need high-quality narrative distraction, AMC has you covered. Not only does the theater chain offer 30% off daily matinees, but students still get discounts when they show a student ID at participating venues.

Apple Music and Apple TV Plus: By signing up for a $5/month Apple Music student subscription, you can get Apple TV Plus at no extra cost. This subscription gives you access to 50 million songs, accessible on all your Apple devices. This discounted Apple Music monthly rate is available to students enrolled in degree-granting universities and colleges for up to 48 months.

Spotify Premium with Hulu and SHOWTIME: Non-students pay up to $27 per month to bundle these three popular entertainment sites, but students can get an awesome discount and pay just $4.99 when they sign up for Spotify Premium. The discount takes effect after your 6-month free trial of Spotify Premium, Hulu (with advertising) and Showtime.

Purchases

Adorama: If you’ve ever hopped on the Adorama site, you’re well aware of the massive deals available on cameras, lenses, film gear, studio lighting, tripods, pro audio, computers, printers and all the cutting-edge accessories you need to “equip your creativity.” After signing up and verifying your student status with SheerID, students will unlock an exclusive student discount program.

Amazon Prime Student: New Prime Student account holders can enjoy a 6-month free trial and then keep it for just $7.49 per month. Delivery options on shopping and food, entertainment (Prime Video, Amazon Music Prime, Prime Gaming), and books (Prime Reading, Textbook Rental) will help you while studying. Prime also offers students 6 months of free LinkedIn Premium, Showtime for $0.99 per month, and its Amazon Music Limited service (see above) for $0.99 per month.

let’s group: As part of its Select Student program, Groupon is offering a limited-time discount of 25% off local deals for six months. After that, 15% off local offers can still be had as long as you are a student.

Technology

Apple: College students can get a discount on select technologies from $50 off, 20% off AppleCare+, credit with Apple Trade In, and gift cards with discounted purchases for education.

best buy: Best Buy has tons of student-only deals on laptops, TVs, audio, and appliances. According to CNET: “To get the discounts (which in some cases can be applied to existing sale prices), you must create or log in to your My Best Buy account and then sign up for student offers.” Parents of K-12 and middle school students can also register.

resume: Discounts for university students and teachers with up to 40% daily savings are available. HP Education Program purchases are limited to two computers, two tablets, 10 accessories (including CarePacks), two printers, and 12 supplies per calendar year. Plus, free shipping and easy returns are part of the offer. Registration requires an email address with an “.edu” suffix (e.g. [email protected]).

Food

blue apron: $110 off (and free shipping on your first blue apron order) is not only available to students, teachers, and alumni, but also to doctors, nurses, hospital workers, first responders, military, seniors (55+) and government employees. Full verification must be done via ID.me.

DoorDash: DoorDash offers students “The best in your neighborhood, delivered for less. Enjoy A+ DoorDash benefits for just $4.99/month or $48/year.”

HelloFresh: Students get 15% off for an entire year of deliveries – and free delivery on the first box – via UNiDAYS membership. Right now, all customers can get 16 free meals in seven boxes (plus free delivery on the first box and three surprise gifts).

Aptitude

Platoon: Students can take advantage of an offer to try the Peloton app free for 30 days – then it’s 50% off the cost of a standard monthly subscription.

TRX training: Unlock 20% on full-priced TRX education products by registering and verifying your student status with Student Beans.

Pvolve: Students and educators can get “a smarter education discount” at Pvolve. Sign up for 30% off sitewide. Student offers apply to those enrolled in a college or university, and teacher discounts apply to all college professors, K-12 teachers, and faculty members. Offer applies to new members only.

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Education

Chegg: Normally around $16 per month, Chegg provides course-specific homework help, exam preparation, and writing support. Now, students can get “25% off your first month of Chegg Study Packs through Student Beans or get 20% off Chegg Study Resources and 10% off Chegg Textbooks through UNiDAYS,” according to NBC. Select.

money management

You need a budget: YNAB offers one year of its personal finance software for free to all students.

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About the Author

David Nadelle is a freelance editor and writer based in Ottawa, Canada. After working in the energy industry for 18 years, he decided to make a career change in 2016 and focus full-time on all aspects of writing. He recently completed a technical degree in communications and holds previous university degrees in journalism, sociology and criminology. David has covered a wide variety of financial and lifestyle topics for numerous publications and has experience writing for the retail industry.

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