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Best college student discounts 2021: Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, Dell and more

Back to school 2021: Stackable student discounts
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College student discounts at Apple, Amazon, Best Buy, Dell, Samsung and other retailers can save students and parents tons. In some instances, these year-round student discounts can be stacked with already discounted prices. 

Just about every retailer stages sitewide savings events during August and September when students return to class. This translates into extra savings for college students, parents and teachers during back-to-school season.

One of the best college student discounts out there is Amazon's Prime Student membership service. It offers all the benefits of a standard Prime membership for half the price. 

Prime Student costs just $6.49 a month and includes a free 6-month trial for new members. Prime Students can save on essentials like laptops, tablets and peripherals. Free same-day and one-day delivery options lets students get everything from cleaning supplies to backpacks with no minimum purchase. 

What's more, Prime Students get access to Showtime and Amazon Music Unlimited for just $.99 a month. 

Students, parents and teachers who prefer to go to the source can score education discounts directly from Apple and Samsung. 

For a limited time, the Apple Education Store nets you $100 in savings on a new MacBook and free AirPods with your purchase. Samsung's Education Store has a similar deal on its flagship laptop — slashing $150 off the Galaxy Book Pro and tossing in free Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds. Even better, students can stack their savings with an additional 15% discount.

Not to be outdone, Best Buy's Student Deals program currently takes up to $250 off select MacBooks and Chromebooks. The big box retailer also offers discounts up up to $300 off select Windows laptops and up to $400 on select Lenovo notebooks.

College students, parents and educators alike will benefit from the savings of retail student discounts. From Amazon's Prime Student deals to savings at the Samsung Education Store, these are the best student discounts from select retailers.

Best student discounts 

Amazon student discounts

Amazon Student Discounts: 6 month free trial
Prime Student is Amazon's affordable membership service for actively enrolled college students. It costs just $6.49 a month, which is half the price of a standard Prime account. Students get all the perks of Prime like free same-day delivery, access to exclusive deals and discounts on Amazon Music and Video streaming services. View Deal

Amazon Music Unlimited for Students: 99 cents per month
Prime Student members can get Amazon Music Unlimited, the premium subscription tier of Amazon Music for just 99 cents per month. Even better, Prime Students can listen to the highest-quality streaming audio of Amazon Music HD at no extra cost. View Deal

Prime Video Channels: 99 cents/month for up to 12 months
Amazon Prime Student membership holders can now expand their viewing library for less. Add channels like Showtime, Epix, Allblk, Sundance Now, and more for just 99 cents per month each for up to 12 months. Normally, these channel cost $3.99 to $10.99 monthView Deal

Prime Eligible College Essentials: Computers and accessories
Amazon's back to school sale for Prime Student members offers deals on a range of Prime eligible college essentials. Save and get free same-day or one-day delivery on select laptops, tablets and accessories like WiFi routers, external storage, USBC hubs, and more. View Deal

Apple student discounts

Apple Student Discounts: MacBooks from $899 @ Apple
Apple offers education pricing on MacBooks starting from $899. For a limited time, you'll get free AirPods when you purchase a MacBook or iPad for college. College students, parents, faculty members, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels are eligible for Apple's education discounts. View Deal

MacBook Air M1 w/ free AirPods: from $899 @ Apple Education Store
The Apple Education Store is slashing $100 off, the Editor's Choice MacBook Air M1. Besides Apple's latest 8-core processor, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. This deal includes a free pair of AirPods with your purchase which makes it one of the best MacBook deals you can get. View Deal

MacBook Pro M1 w/ free AirPods: from $1,199 @ Apple Education Store
Apple also takes $100 off the MacBook Pro with M1 chip. Besides a Apple's M1 8-core CPU, it packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, 8GB of RAM, an 8-core GPU and 256GB SSD. It scored a rare 5-star rating from us, making it one of the top laptops on the market. Apple is bundling this MacBook Pro with free AirPods. View Deal

iPad Pro w/ free AirPods: from $749 @ Apple Education Store
Apple's student discount takes $50 of the iPad Pro and includes a free pair of AirPods. The base model 2021 iPad Pro features an 11-inch Retina Display, Apple M1 chip and 128GB of storage. View Deal

Best Buy student discounts

Best Buy Student Discounts: up to $400 off select laptops
Best Buy's Student Deals offer special pricing on laptops, tablets, headphones, storage and more. From now until August 1, save up to $250 off a new MacBook or Chromebook. Additionally, save up to $300 off select Windows notebooks and $400 off select Lenovo laptops. 

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Chromebook Student Discounts: extra $50 off @ Best Buy
Best Buy is currently slashing up to $300 off select Chromebooks. Sign up for Best Buy's Student deals for an additional discount of up to $50.
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Apple MacBook Air: was $999 now $749 @ Best Buy
Not to be outdone, Best Buy's Student Deals knocks $250 off the latest MacBook Air M1. To get this deal, you must sign up for Best Buy's free Student Deals program and select the on-page clickable coupon. The MacBook Air packs a 13.3-inch (2560 x 1600) IPS Retina display, Apple M1 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive. View Deal

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go: was $899 now $699 @ Best Buy
This Best Buy student discount takes $200 off the Surface Laptop Go. It packs a 12.4-inch touchscreen, a 1-GHz 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 quad-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. It's one of the best back-to-school laptop deals we've seen so far. Enroll now in the Best Buy Student Deals program to save. This deal ends September 12.View Deal

Dell student discounts

Dell Student Discounts: Extra savings on laptops, up to 35% off monitors @ Dell
Students save an additional 10% off select dell products. And for a limited time, this discount can be stacked with an extra 12% off select laptops and more via coupon, "SAVE12". This deal ends August 29. View Deal

Microsoft student discounts

Microsoft Student Discounts: up to 10% off for students and parents
Microsoft offers students, parents and educators a 10% discount on select products. Save on Surface laptops and accessories like the Surface Laptop Go, Surface Pro X, Surface Signature Type Covers, Surface Pen and more. View Deal

Microsoft Surface Pro X (256GB): was $1,299 now $999 @ Microsoft
For a limited time, save $300 on the Microsoft Surface Pro X. The base model Surface Pro X packs a 13-inch (2880 x 1920) touchscreen LCD, ARM-based Microsoft SQ1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD. With both Wi-Fi and LTE support, the Surface Pro X ensures you're always connected. View Deal

Surface Pro 7 w/ Keyboard: was $1,029 now $799 @ Microsoft
This Microsoft Surface Pro 7 tablet packs a 12.3-inch (2736 x 1824) PixelSense display, a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. Even better, it includes a Type Cover keyboard (a $129 value). View Deal

Lenovo student discounts

Lenovo Student Discounts: extra 10% off sitewide @ Lenovo
Students, teachers and parents can take an extra 10% sitewide on select Lenovo products. Save big on the brand's ThinkPad, Yoga, Legion and IdeaPad. Register now at Lenovo to save on back to school laptops, tablets and peripherals. Once verified, your student discount will automatically appear in your shopping cart.
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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9:was $3,369 now $2,021 @ Lenovo
Lenovo coupon, "THINKAUG" takes a whopping $1,347 off the excellent ThinkPad Carbon Gen 9. Not only is it a worthy successor to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8, but it's also a solid MacBook Pro alternative. This 14-inch laptop has a (1920 x 1200) matte display and a 3.0-GHz Intel Core i7-1185G7 4-core CPU coupled with 16GB of RAM. Rounding out its hardware specs are Intel's Iris Xe graphics and a 512GB SSD. View Deal

Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab w/ Google Assistant: was $249 now $179 @ Lenovo
Lenovo's back to school sale takes $90 off the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab via coupon, "BACKTOTABS". It features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) IPS touch display, a 2.0-GHz Snapdragon octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of microSD-expandable storage. View Deal

Razer student discounts

Razer Student Discounts: 20% off gaming gear, 5% off @ Razer
Students who register for Razer's Student Education program receive up to 20% off Razer products via coupon, "BACK2SCHOOL"View Deal

Razer Back-to-School Laptop Bundles: from $1,299 @ Razer
Students can get everything they need for school in one place with Razer's back-to-school laptop bundles. For a limited time, apply coupon, "BACK2SCHOOL" at check to get a bonus Razer gift. View Deal

Samsung student discounts

Samsung Student Discounts: extra 15% off Samsung
From now until October 3, students, parents, and educators can save an extra 15% on select Samsung products. On already discounted items, this can amount to up to 30% off laptops, tablets, smartphones, monitors, and more. View Deal

Galaxy Book Pro w/ free Galaxy Buds Pro: was $1,099 now $807 @ Samsung via Student discount
Samsung's Education discount takes $292 off the Samsung Galaxy Book Pro laptop. One of the best portable 15-inch laptops around, it packs a 15.6-inch AMOLED display and a rated battery life of 20 hours. The laptop in this deal is configured with an 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-1135G7 4-core CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD. Even better, students and educators get free Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds (valued at $199) via Samsung's Education Discount Program. View Deal

Galaxy Tab S7 w/ free Galaxy Buds Pro: was $649 now $466 @ Samsung via Student discount
Save big and get free Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds when you buy the Galaxy Tab S7 from the Samsung Education Store. For a limited time, The Galaxy Tab S7 is the iPad Pro of Android tablets. It has a gorgeous 11-inch, 2560 x 1600-pixel IPS display, a snappy Snapdragon 865+ processor and it comes with an S Pen. Oh, and the battery lasts for 13+ hours on a charge. Sign up for the Samsung Student Program for an extra 15% off. View Deal

Samsung Back to School Bundle: was $1,929 now $1,479 @ Samsungvia Student Discount
Samsung's back to school bundle offer takes $450 off its normal price. The bundle includes a 1TB model Samsung Galaxy Pro 360 and a Samsung 27-inch UHD High res monitor with USB-C. Sign up for the Samsung Student Discount Program to get an extra 15% in savings at checkout. View Deal

Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost,, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.