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If you’ve studied or worked at a higher education institution in the United States, there’s a good chance you’ve held an email address from your school at some point your life. If you’re lucky, you still might have access to your EDU email account.
Because of its association with students and education, having an email from your school or college offers many perks. But what are those perks? Keep reading to discover the benefits you can tap into with your EDU email account.
Note: There are some ways to bag yourself an EDU email even if you’re not involved with a school or college, but they might be a touch shady!
1. Amazon Prime
If you have an EDU email, you can grab a six-month free trial of Amazon Prime in the United States. The standard trial length is 30 days.
After the trial period ends, you automatically become eligible for the Amazon Prime student discount. It entitles you to 50 percent off the cost of Prime for the duration of your subscription.
While using the Amazon Prime student discount, you get access to all Prime’s features. There are no restrictions or limits.
And, unlike some other services which offer EDU benefits, Amazon Prime does not use SheerID verification. It means anyone with an EDU email can take advantage of the cheaper rate, even if they are not a student.
Another service that doesn’t use SheerID verification is Adobe Creative Cloud.
All EDU email holders are eligible for a 60 percent discount in the first year and a 40 percent discount thereafter. That means you’ll only pay $20/month for 12 months, then $30/month following the initial period. The regular price for non-EDU email users is $53/month.
Like with Amazon Prime, you’ll have access to the entire Creative Cloud suite. That includes Photoshop, Lightroom, Spark, Premiere Rush, XD, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, and Acrobat Pro.
Spotify offers a student discount to students with an EDU email. The discount is not available to teachers with an EDU email, nor anyone else who cannot be verified as a student via SheerID.
The Spotify student discount is 50 percent. That means you will only pay $4.99 per month for the duration of your study period, up to a maximum of four years. You can maintain your discount until the end of a 12-month billing cycle if you graduate mid-way through your plan.
As a bonus, you also get Hulu and SHOWTIME thrown in for free, meaning you’ll have access to all three apps for the single low price.
Spotify does not apply the student discount to its family plans. If you live in a student house with several people and only want a music plan, a family plan may still prove to be more economical.
4. Office 365
Microsoft doesn’t use SheerID, so anyone with an EDU email can sign up to receive the basic version of Office 365 Education for free.
That means you’ll get the online versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Microsoft Teams, as well as some education-specific classroom tools that aren’t available in the regular versions of Office 365. All users also get 1TB of OneDrive space for free.
If you’re happy to pay $2.50 per month (billed annually), you’ll also get access to the desktop versions of the previously mentioned apps, as well as Publisher and Access.
GitHub offers its Student Developer Pack to all students who can authenticate themselves with SheerID. That means teachers and other EDU email owners are excluded.
The pack includes a huge suite of free and discounted tools to help out young coders and programmers, including Travis CI, AWS discount vouchers, Digital Ocean plans, Heroku, and a whole lot more.
It’s not only tech giants who offer benefits to students. Mainstream media companies have also gotten in on the act.
The Washington Post newspaper, for example, has an academic rate of $5/month for all students and teachers, and the first month is only $1. The regular piece of a plan is $10 per month.
Similarly, there are also student discounts if you subscribe to The New York Times. Students receive a free month then pay $2 every four weeks. Teachers and other EDU email holders can enjoy the same service for $4/month.
Both plans allow subscribers to read an unlimited number of articles on any device.
8. Cell Phone Plans
The big four American cell phone carriers—AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile—all offer student discounts for people with .EDU email addresses.
The exact discounts available vary considerably depending on the institution you attend and the type of plan you want. We recommend speaking to the carriers directly if you would like more information.
9. Google Drive
If your EDU email address belongs to a school or college that uses GSuite, you can grab yourself an unlimited amount of storage on Google Drive for free.
There is no other plan which offers unlimited Google Drive storage. If you don’t have an EDU email, Google’s top 30TB package costs $6 per month. You can also opt for the subscription-based Google One storage service with all its extra benefits.
Keep in mind that if you lose access to your EDU email address, you will lose the benefit and return to the basic 15GB plan. You would not lose access to your data, but you would need to download it and get your usage below the 15GB limit before you could upload new data.
Apple offers student discounts on Apple Music, as well on its hardware such as MacBooks and iMacs and some its web services.
You can save $100 on a MacBook Pro. Other savings include $50 on an iPad, and you can pick up Apple’s Pro Apps Bundle (Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and MainStage 3) for $199. You can also pick up iDrive storage with a 50 percent discount.
Apple Music is free for six months and will then cost you $4.99 per month. Unlike Spotify, Apple Music does not perform a SheerID scan, so anyone with an EDU email address can take advantage of the discount.
Grab Even More EDU Email Benefits
In truth, the benefits we’ve looked at barely scratch the surface of what’s available.
Some other noteworthy businesses and apps that provide student discounts to anyone with an EDU email address include Best Buy, Autodesk, LastPass, FedEx, Squarespace, Newegg, and Dell. Indeed, it’s always worth doing a quick search to see if there are EDU benefits before you buy or subscribe to anything on the web.