Having an .edu email address is truly a great thing! For all intensive purposes having one means you are a student and being a student brings so many benefits.
Companies like Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Dell and many others including food companies, travel, online shopping and even school supply areas often will give discounts to individuals who are students. As most students have an .edu email account, many businesses simply take this email as a shorthand for whether or not you are a student.
A few examples of benefits include:
- Free Amazon Prime Student Account for 6 months: Usually costs $119 per year and gives you a whole host of benefits including free two day shipping, kindle books, movies, music and more.
- Large tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, Dell and HP all have student deals. Apple is notorious for never discounting but with a .edu email you can get up to $200 off select Apple devices.
- Adobe (makers of Photoshop and Premiere) offer deep savings up to 60% off to students
These are just three that stood out to us but in all honesty there are so many other companies it would be too numerous to list in this blog post. The best strategy would be to type in the name of the company followed by student discount so for example “Best Buy student discount” and see what results. And yes I use that example because there is a valid option for Best Buy student customers to save.
So with all the benefits available for individuals with an edu email address, what are the top ways of getting it?
Create a dummy student account
Let's start with the shadiest and most morally questionable answer first and that is to simply create an email address that has a edu in it without actually ever being a student. There are some programs online which can help you do that and there are also several colleges such as the University of California which allow you to create a school email address even if you are not a student.
Using certain loopholes and workarounds in automated school systems can sometimes allow you to do this. A very common one is to register as a student at the school filing all your paperwork but then never actually taking any of the classes. You will appear on paper and to the internet to be a student at the school yet never taking any classes and never having any desire to. Eventually the school will weed you out though and either compel you to take a class or simply drop you from the school rosters and your email address with it.
So with all that said there is an easier way.
And that is to use FIVERR – and specifically people on FIVERR who are able to get you a legitimate working edu email address.
It's not free ($10) but if you are in the market for a new laptop you could easily be saving $100+ immediately and $1000's of dollars as you keep using it.
If you don't want to pay $10 then the following two options are really your best bet.
Be a student…
Of course the simplest way of getting an edu email address to be able to use for your discounts is to simply be a student at an accredited college or university. Many different colleges, universities, private organizations or other groups have official edu addresses for their students.
If you are not a student yet, you don't need to sign up for more expensive college or university but your local institute (teaching video editing for the next 4 weeks) could do the trick too. Just make sure to ask some questions before joining though. Not only do you get the .edu email but you are investing in yourself and your skills.
College and higher learning is expensive and so getting every deal that is due you is a great way to help offset some of those expenses. One important tip is to make sure that you keep your student roster up to date. Many colleges require that you take a certain amount of classes to avoid being dropped from the school. Helping make sure that you have the minimum class requirements to be able to keep your edu email address is an important part of being able to not only continue your academic career but secure those future deals and discounts.
Be an alumni
One of the best kept secrets is that you do not need to be a current student to be able to possibly get an edu email address, as it is also often times available for alumni who graduated from their universities.
Alumni are often able to receive these kinds of email addresses which helps keep them in the loop about different college programs and activities while simultaneously allowing the college to solicit donations or try to keep alumni involved in the college.
This little perk can mean that you can potentially have a legitimate edu address for utilizing access to discounts permanently. It will still not successfully beat those third-party groups which check to make sure you are an active student but for the less inquisitive and more passive businesses you will easily be able to use this legitimate edu email address indefinitely to secure deals and discounts.
Contact your alumni office for full details on whether you qualify for this benefit.
The single best way to have an edu address is to simply be or have been a legitimate student. So if you want to be able to utilize the benefits of having an edu email address then stick to the old adage: be cool and stay in school.
But if you ain't – check out FIVERR.