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- Apple’s 2021 back-to-school discount lets you get a free pair of AirPods with a Mac or iPad purchase.
- Apple’s year-round education pricing includes discounts on Macs and iPads, including $100 off the MacBook Air.
- Not sure which MacBook is right for you? See our guide to the best Apple MacBook laptops.
Apple’s back-to-school discounts have arrived, and this year the iPhone maker is giving away a free pair of AirPods to students who buy an eligible Mac or iPad device.
The promotion is live now and runs through September 27. Those who are eligible can upgrade from the free standard AirPods with wired charging to the version with a wireless charging case for $40 or the AirPods Pro for just $90. That’s a significant discount from the AirPods Pro’s $250 list price and their typical street price of $220.
The offer is valid on purchases of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, iPad Pro, or iPad Air. Unfortunately, Apple’s 8th-generation iPad, which we’ve called the best iPad for most people, and the iPad Mini are excluded from this offer.
See below to learn more about Apple’s general education discounts and the eligibility requirements.
Find the best Apple back-to-school deals of this year below, or shop all of Apple’s education deals here.
Apple’s Education Discounts are available to current or newly accepted college students, parents of students, and faculty, staff, and home school teachers of all grade levels, according to the company’s website.
Here’s who is eligible for the Apple Education Discount:
- K-12 staff: Anyone who currently works at a public or private K-12 school can get the discounts. Homeschool teachers are also eligible, as are currently serving school board members who have been elected or appointed to their posts. PTA or PTO executives who are currently serving and were elected or appointed can also get the deals.
- Higher education staff and students: Anyone who works at an institution of Higher Education and any students who are attending or have been accepted into the Higher Education system can get the discounts.
- Higher education Parents: Parents can get the discounts when they buy devices for their children if their children are currently attending or have been accepted into a public or private Higher Education institution.
Save up to $200 on a MacBook Pro
Apple offers several deals on Mac computers for students, whether you’re looking for a MacBook Pro or a more powerful desktop computer. The discounts also apply to the new M1-powered iMac that Apple recently released.
Here are the best Mac and MacBook education deals:
- Apple MacBook Air, $899.00+ (originally $999.00) [You save $100]
- Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro, $1,199.00+ (originally $1,299.00) [You save $100]
- Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro, $2,199.00+ (originally $2,399.00) [You save $200]
- Apple 24-inch iMac, $1,249.00+ (originally $1,299.00) [You save $50]
- Apple 27-inch iMac, $1,699.00+ (originally $1,799.00) [You save $100]
Save up to $100 on an iPad
If you’re in the market for an iPad, you could get a pretty sweet deal, too. Apple is offering up to $50 off some of its iPad models and $100 off the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for students, so it’s worth buying an iPad through Apple’s education store. There are also some pretty great deals on accessories for the iPad.
There are sometimes better deals on iPads available through other retailers, but Apple’s education discount is consistently great.
Here are the best iPad back-to-school deals:
- Apple iPad Pro 11-inch, $749.00+ (originally $799.00) [You save $50]
- Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch, $999.00+ (originally $1,099.00) [You save $100]
- Apple iPad Air, $549.00+ (originally $599.00) [You save $50]
- Apple iPad, $309.00+ (originally $329.00) [You save $20]
- Apple iPad Mini, $379.00+ (originally $399.00) [You save $20]