Student savings: 5 ways to score great deals

Kathryn Sucich

To say technology is changing rapidly would be an understatement. Today, technology is all around us – at home, at play and in the workplace. Students are now being exposed to more and more technology at school as well.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education, nearly all schools in the country now have some type of instructional computers at school, with 97 percent having computers in the classroom. Students are also using technology on iPads and laptops, with many being expected to purchase these tablets and computers for home.

So how can you save when it comes to buying technology? Here are 5 places to look:

• Apple Education Pricing: Students and teachers from K-12 schools, as well as higher education institutions, are eligible to receive discounts on Apple products. For example, through the program, you can save up to $200 on MacBook Pro laptops and up to $50 on a MacBook Air. Apple is also currently running a promotion through Sept. 21 in which you can get a $50 or $100 gift card for apps if you purchase an iPad or Mac for college.

• HP Academy: HP also offers discounts to students and teachers. It provides exclusive discounts you can combine with sales and rebates to get low pricing on technology. HP Academy also offers monthly financing for purchases.

• JourneyEd: The JourneyEd website offers discounts to students and teachers on educational-related software. For example, you can find discounts on Adobe and Microsoft products, among others. However, the website does note that some of the software has been specially designed for an educational setting, and therefore should not be used professionally.

• LeapFrog: LeapFrog is continually running promotions on its site that can be accessed at For example, you can often get a percentage discount on certain products or free shipping for orders over a certain dollar amount.

• eBay: If you don’t mind used, eBay might have the item you’re looking for. A recent check of eBay found literally thousands of iPads for sale, as well as Adobe software. Just be careful on price; many times it might be better to purchase the products at the store (such as the Apple Store) since it could be less expensive with your educational discount.

Typically when you are taking advantage of an educational discount (such as at Apple or HP), you will need to give the name of your or your child’s school. For many programs, homeschoolers are able to take advantage as well as long as you can provide proof of homeschooling status.