20 College Student Discounts You Need Today

Every summer, millions of high school graduates prepare for the next step in their life: attending college. Of course, getting a high education and a degree isn't cheap when you consider tuition, room and board, supplies, transportation, and basic living expenses. The College Board reports that the typical 4-year undergraduate at a public college spends over $2,100 every year on additional expenses as well.

Before you get ready to move in, make new friends, and start your first semester, it's a good idea to take every opportunity available to you to save money. Here are 20 great discounts available just to college students to save on everything from clothing to electronics and entertainment.

Get your school basics

• Microsoft Education (MSFT) allows you to get Office 365 at no cost as a college student. This includes Powerpoint, Excel, and Word.
• Amazon Prime has a student discount with a free six-month trial for college students. Get perks like free 2-day shipping, unlimited TV and movie streaming, and student deals. After the trial, the regular student edition of Prime is just $49 per year, half the cost of a regular Prime subscription.
• Adobe allows you to save up to 60% on all Adobe creative apps for web, video, design, and photos. You can also get them all together with Creative Clouds All Apps at $19.99 per month as a student, less than half the price of the regular $49.99 subscription.
• Apple's Store for Education lets you save up to $50 when you buy a MacBook Pro.

Dress for success

• Kate Spade offers a 15% discount on full-priced apparel if you present a valid student ID.
• Banana Republic offers a 15% discount on full-priced items with a valid student ID.
• Madewell gives a 15% discount on all items when you bring your student ID.
• J.Crew gives a 15% discount at all J.Crew locations, including J.Crew Factory, with a student ID.

Stay current on the news

• Washington Post offers a free subscription if you have a .edu, .gov, or .mil email address.
• The New York Times allows students to receive the Basic Digital Access package for just $1 per week or the all-access package for $1.50 per week.
• Wall Street Journal gives students access to the student print and digital pack at a 15-week semester rate of $15 or an annual subscription for $49 which includes paper newspaper delivery six days a week.

Take advantage of UNiDAYS

UNiDAYS gives instant access to discounts for college students. Sign up and download the app for your free UNiDAYS ID that can be used in many ways to get discounts. Depending on the retailer, you may receive a code to use online or present in store. Limited Time Offers through UNiDAYS also help you take advantage of new sales online and in-store with your favorite retailers, sometimes with a student discount as well.

• Express allows you to use a one-time code during online checkout or your UNiDAYS ID in-store for a 15% discount.
• Ray-Ban gives a 20% discount on online purchases through UNiDAYS but no in-store discount.
• Reebok offers a 20% student discount on online purchases through UNiDAYS.
• Bed, Bath, & Beyond offers a 15% in-store discount with your UNiDAYS ID.

Save on travel

• Amtrak allows students between 13 and 25 to get 15% off the Flexible Fare or Lowest Value tickets when the ticket is booked at least 3 days in advance. To qualify, you must choose the "Student" option as the #1 Adult Passenger.
• Student Universe is a travel booking service with special deals on tours, hotels, and flights for students. Students can sign up for free and get discounts on more than 80 airlines.

Build the perfect study playlist

• Spotify Premium offers a student discount of 50% for a total subscription price of $4.99 per month. With Spotify Premium, you can stream over 30 million songs without ads and download your collection to play offline without using data.
• Apple Music offers a 3-month free subscription with a discount student membership of $4.99 per month. You need to use UNiDAYS to sign up and verify you are enrolled in college.

Don't forget the 50/30/20 rule!

Discounts are great, but it's even more important to budget your money and avoid overspending on frivolous purchases. If you have trouble sticking to a budget, the 50/30/20 rule can help.

To use the rule, determine your after-tax or net income. Now, divide your income into three parts:

• 50% of your income should go toward fixed expenses. This includes your rent, your phone bill, and your utilities.
• 30% should go toward discretionary purchases. This includes clothing, entertainment, and food (because you can decide what and how to eat).
• The final 20% of your income should go toward saving.

With careful budgeting and maximizing your savings opportunities, you can make college an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons -- not because you're sick of pizza and need to call mom and dad for more money.

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