Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hidden Savings for College Students

It’s no secret that movie theaters, restaurants and museums give student discounts, but for those who know where to look, getting an education can also mean getting a great deal on all kinds of products and services. For incoming freshmen as well as lifelong learners, being a college student can mean significant savings on everything from software to sky diving lessons.

Journey Ed is an online retailer specializing in student software. The site offers huge savings for any verified student and pricing gets even better when accessed through partner institutions, such as Tempe-based Rio Salado College.

For example, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium which retails for $1899 on the Adobe website can be found for $360 when purchased through the Rio Salado bookstore.

According to Rio Salado adjunct faculty member Matt Freed, students in his digital animation class are often surprised by the value of student pricing.

“I don’t think people realize what a benefit the software discounts can be,” Freed said. “Flash by itself is about $700. For the same price you can get the entire Adobe suite and a college level course in digital animation. “

Computer hardware can also come at much lower prices for students. Apple and Microsoft both have exclusive deals for students with a verifiable .edu email address. With Apple education pricing on a new MacBook Pro and Microsoft’s offer of a free Xbox 360 4GB with the purchase of a qualifying Windows 7 computer, students on both platforms stand to save about $200.

Because many students leave home for college, quite a few travel websites and agencies specialize in providing affordable pricing to student travelers. StudentUniverse.com and StaTravel.com are both great resources for student pricing on flights and hotels.

Reliable ground transportation can also be a concern for college students. While discounted bus passes are a popular option, automobile manufacturers GM and Scion provide buying incentives to students who prefer to drive their own car. In some circumstances, cash back savings can be several thousand dollars. With auto insurance companies like Geico, State Farm or Allstate offering Good Student discounts, doing well in school can mean an additional savings of several hundred dollars a year.

Matthew Gunderson is a big fan of student discounts. “I’m not afraid to ask for a student discount even when there isn’t one advertised,” Gunderson said. “I’ve used my student ID to save money on movies, clothing, dinner...you name it. A lot of places will give a discount even if they don’t have a sign up that says so.”

Although full-time students who are out on their own for the first time and struggling to make the rent may be the inspiration for all of these discounts, anyone with a student ID can benefit from them.

Additional resources for those looking to make the most of their student status can be found at studentrate.com and studentbasecamp.us or for a yearly fee, students can join discount clubs like Student Advantage or Edhance which provide access to thousands of worldwide discounts.

90 comments:

Trident Military University said...

There are definitely many benefits of being a student and the savings can be quite nice. Also, ask your gym if they have a discount for students; many do.

Art said...

State Farm Insurance provides discounts for College graduates and also GPA. Be sure to include this information when applying for insurance coverage.

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I recommended the studentrate site to my nephew and he found it to be a tremendous resource. Books ans software cost alot more now than when I was in school

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These sites are great for students. Anything that can help them get their education. Nice job.

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Any and every college student has a means to save money through numerous channels. Student loans , student grants, student auto insurance, reselling of old college books,.... A good education costs more money , almost always .... sorry for being forward ...

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Today school is expensive, and good students can receive benefits and discounts, it makes it easier for the expenses.
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jonathan said...

I found your blog post very informative. I have a nephew heading off to college this fall who will find this information very helpful.

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Isn't it ironic... you get the best discounts in the world when you're young and broke...

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Thanks for the article. My son is about to start college and it is good to know how much I would need to allocate for him.

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State Farm or Allstate offering Good Student discounts, doing well in school can mean an additional savings of several hundred dollars a year.

Sam Roberts said...

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Alfred Wilson said...

Thank you very much for the tips. My son will definitely find it helpfull as he is heading to college this September.

Myrina said...

Thanks for sharing such helpful information. Being a student learning software development, I always look for discounts on my purchases. I had already heard the name 'Journey Ed', but didn't know what they were meant for. I knew about Microsoft and Apple's offer, but didn't have an idea that StudentUniverse.com and StaTravel.com provide offers on flights and hotels. After reading this piece, I'm thinking of getting a membership with Student Advantage, which is near from my place. But as I'm leaving college soon, I'm not sure what advantage I'd be able to get from these.

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I also took benefits from my student ID when i have to stay away from home for higher studies, it was really nice experience for me, as lot of facilities provided to me in form of discount offers for students.

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Students do indeed have many benefits in many countries. Discounts on all sort of services such as transportation, mobile contracts / pre-pay cards, credit cards are just a few of the advantages.

When traveling it is also good to enjoy some great prices, and using hostels or cheap hotels can bring costs down as a student. Planing ahead and comparing hotel rates can help anyone save up to 75%.

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There are so many benefits for students it's crazy, a few of my friends only went to college for these reasons lol. everytime i go shopping i give him the money to buy my stuff as he usually gets 10-15% off.

Sarah said...

Thank you for your time in compiling this wonderful information on discounts. I am a student and this discounts will enable me save a lot.

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This is a great post. Do you know of any car insurance deals which are offered to students?
Would it be better looking on one of the website you posted?

Tom said...

Thanks for the article.I have a nephew heading off to college this fall who will find this information very helpful and i think anything which help students save is great because everything is just so expensive nowadays.

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College students have all the fun these days. Not only do they get away with smoking pot, they now get stuff for free from tech companies. It really pays to go to college ha.

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Great for them. As if they needed any more benefits. they'll be making 3 times more than me when they graduate anyway

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grace@landlord insurance said...

with the high cost of education today, certainly students should take advantage of deals which could save them money. thanks for sharing this.:)

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One more way for college students to save money is to make sure that they are added to their parents car insurance instead of going it on their own.

Nathan said...

I'd be careful doing what the person above suggests, putting your own car on your parents insurance can be illegal - if you are not living with your parents and have the car in your own name, of course that doesn't mean you can't get away with it...

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Insurance said...

Incentives, Rebates for students from companies, local and federal governments should be easier to find, i notice there is typically a lot of help available it just seems they dont like to advertise it :(

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How do you control for income if one group has savings and the other does not? By definition, one group is richer.

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Students should also be prudent to purchase travel insurance to protect the cost of the trip, especially if traveling out of the country.

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Buy used textbooks.

My plan for the last year and a half has been “Don’t buy textbooks”. Or rather, only buy the ones I need. I always wait until after the first day of class to buy text books. For some reason all the professors seem to put an extra book or two on the syllabus as “recommended” reading.

By waiting till the first day of class, I only need about 1/2 as many books as if I had bought based on what’s listed on the syllabus. Even though this sometimes means I can’t get a used book (since they sell out faster), I’ve cut my book costs from ~$400/semester to under $200/semester.

Also, on the first day or two of class there will sometimes be a student from a previous semester who shows up in class saying “buy my book”, which can be even cheaper than the bookstores used price.

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Thank you very much for the tips. My son will definitely find it helpfull as he is heading to college this September.

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I'd be careful doing what the person above suggests, putting your own car on your parents insurance can be illegal - if you are not living with your parents and have the car in your own name, of course that doesn't mean you can't get away with it...

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