Apple’s education pricing, which usually knocks around 10 percent off the price of most Apple products, is available to the following people:
- Current and newly accepted college students and their parents.
- Faculty and staff of all grade levels.
- Homeschool teachers.
If you’re one of those people, you can get Apple’s new iPad for $309, instead of the $329 list price. The special $299 price Apple announced today is for schools, not individual buyers.
It’s fairly easy to prove if you’re in college, or work for a college: you probably have a student ID and / or a college email address. If you’re a K-12 teacher, I’m sure you have something equivalent. But how do you prove you’re a homeschool parent?
Well, the answer is: don’t worry about it.
To buy products at Apple’s education discount, you simply go to the Apple Education Pricing store, pick your gear (there’s a limit on how much you can buy a year), and check out. It’s just like buying anything else on Apple’s website, except it’s cheaper. If Apple isn’t certain about your education-adjacent status, it might email you for verification, but you don’t need to provide any ID or certificates up front.
This isn’t the case for every country. For instance, in the UK you need to verify your student or staff status with UNiDAYS, a program that annually pings the registered email to confirm they are still an active student.
But if you want a $309 iPad or an $849 MacBook Air right now, and you live in the US, and you’re a teacher or a college student, life is pretty simple.