If you're a student, teacher or lecturer, you can save loads of money by taking advantage of Apple's education discount. Here, we show you how to get an education discount from Apple in Apple's Education Store.

Apple is keen to make inroads into the education market, and students are a big market for the company. To this end Apple has an entire separate education store that offers a hefty discount on Mac computers and iPads.

Most Apple customers aren't aware of the education store, or don't think it applies to them. This is a mistake because Apple throws the education net quite wide, and chances are you can easily pick up a Mac from the education store and get the discount. See also: Best Mac for students

How to get an Apple education discount: Who qualifies for an Apple education discount?

Anybody who works in an education environment qualifies for a discount on Apple computers. It's not just limited to students, teachers and lecturers, but also covers administrative workers and other staff members. Essentially it's anybody who works for a school, college or university.

Parents of schoolchildren do not qualify (when buying for themselves), but you can pick up a discounted Mac for your child from the education store. The Apple terms and conditions state:

"Those eligible to purchase from the Apple Store for Education Individuals include teachers, staff, students and parents as follows:

Employees of any education institution - Any employee of a public or private education institution in the UK is eligible.

Post-secondary Education Students - Students attending or accepted into a post-secondary education institution in the UK are eligible to purchase.

Parents of post-secondary students - Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a student currently attending or accepted into a public or private post-secondary education institution in the UK, are eligible to purchase.

Purchases from the Apple Store for Education Individuals are not for institutional purchase or resale."

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How to get an Apple student discount from the Education Store

If you think you qualify for an education discount then you should pay a visit to the Apple Store for Education.

You'll need to use UNiDAYS to get access to the Apple Education Store. Signing up is easy - simply enter your email address and a password, then your name, institution, subject of study, year of study and course length. You'll be required to prove your identity, then you're away! 

Note that if you're thinking of buying a Mac, not for yourself or your child but for the instituation itself (for students to work on), then Apple has other stores for you to use. You can visit the Apple Store for Schools here and the Apple Store for Universities here. You'll need to register with Apple before you can make any purchases. Alternatively you can call Apple direct on 0800 912 0207.

Shopping at the Apple Store for Education is much like shopping at the regular Apple store but with different pricing. It's usually best to log on from your university network if you can, but be prepared for Apple to ask you for some form of official identification that proves you're a student, the parent or guardian of a student, or a teacher, or otherwise involved in the educational establishment. Your student ID is typically the best way to do this.

Alternatively, if you don't want to register on one of the verification sites, you can also call Apple, use Apple's Chat online feature, or visit an Apple Store. The staff there will guide you through the process.

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How to get an Apple education discount: What discounts can I expect on the Apple Store for Education?

Apple doesn’t offer a stock discount ratio (such as 10 per cent) but instead sets different prices for each product range. The discounts are only currently available for Mac computers (iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini) and iPads - there are no special discounts for other Apple products. See also: 6 tips for buying a new Mac

How to get an Apple education discount: Mac student discounts

The MacBook Air starts at £704.40 from the Education Store, rather than the normal price of £749. View the MacBook Air in the Education Store here.

The 12in MacBook starts at £986.40 down from £1,049. View the MacBook in the Education Store here.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts at £939.60 down from £999. View the MacBook Pro in the Education Store here.

The iMac starts at £844.80 down from £899, and the new 5K iMac is £1879.20 rather than £1999. View the iMac in the Education Store here.

The Mac Pro starts at £2299.20 from the Education store - it's £2499 on the standard Apple Store. View the Mac Pro in the Education Store here.

Finally, the Mac mini starts at just £375.60 down from £399. View the Mac mini on the Education Store here.

How to get an Apple education discount: iPad student discounts

You can also get a small discount on iPads from the education store. The iPad Air 2 starts at £334.80 rather than £349 (here), and the iPad mini 4 starts at £306 rather than £319 (here).

The iPad Pro is also available from the Education Store starting at £478.80 down from £499 here.

Take a closer look at the prices in the Apple Education Store here.

These prices all include VAT at 20 per cent, so that is the final price you pay.

There are no discounts on the iPhone, Apple TV or Apple Watch.

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How to sign up for a student membership discount for Apple Music

Apple has launched a student membership scheme for Apple Music, whereby those in full-time education can get a 50 percent discount on the music-streaming service's subscription costs. (You can still get three months for free, but students will pay less after the trial period expires.)

In the UK this discount brings the monthly cost of Apple Music membership down from £9.99 to £4.99. But there are identical schemes in Ireland, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Denmark, each offering half off the usual price.

To qualify for the student discount, you'll need to prove that you're enrolled at an eligible university or college. Apple will be using the verification system run by Unidays.

The Student Membership tier is the third membership tier Apple has offered to UK consumers, alongside Individual Membership (£9.99 per month) and Family Membership (£14.99). Visit Apple's site for more details and to sign up.

How to sign up for an Apple Music student membership discount

If you're a student and signing up for Apple Music on your iPhone or iPad, tap where it says 'Are you a University Student?' and you'll be directed to a verification system - if your college or university is eligible you'll get the reduced subscription rate.