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Get discounts on new tech for class

Check out these deep discounts and exclusive sales for students that can help you find the right gear for the year.

Nicole Cozma
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Buying new technology for class can really eat into your budget. If you want to have some money left over after you've bought the necessities, then it's time to start shopping the student sales. Whether you're looking to buy a new laptop, tablet, or even a mini fridge, these are some of the best sites to shop.

Dell University

For this year's back-to-school deals, Dell will let you choose from laptop bundles, desktops, or even gaming PCs that are $699 or more to qualify for a free Dell Venue 7 tablet ($160 value). Adding a tablet to your connectivity options means a lighter bag on campus.

Best Buy College Student Deals

Provide your .edu email address and Best Buy will send you coupons for laptops, iPads, and other dorm necessities. Here's a sample list:

  • $150 off select Lenovo Yoga or HP laptops
  • $100 off MacBook or iMac
  • $50 off iPad Air or iPad Mini
  • $120 off select portable all-in-one computers
  • $150 off Surface Pro 3
  • $200 off Beats by Dre portable speaker
  • $45 off an Epson XP-410 printer
  • 50 percent off RocketFish surge protector
  • 20 percent off countertop microwaves
  • 10 percent off compact refrigerators

HP Academy

For Geek Week, which ends August 16, you can save $100 on the HP Envy beats All-in-One Special Edition and $20 on select tablets. Through August 27, you can save $150 on an HP Pavilion x360 13z Notebook. Its next sale starts August 20, and will offer savings of up to 27 percent on selected products. These discounts are available to students, parents, and faculty.


Sign up with your .edu email address and you can save on Acrobat XI Pro, Creative Cloud subscriptions, Lightroom, and even Elements. Savings run up to 60 percent on some applications or services -- wow!


If you're about to buy a new Apple product, make sure to use your student discount to secure a free gift card with your purchase. You'll receive a $100 gift card with computer purchases and $50 when you buy an iPad or iPhone. You can also save up to $200 on select computers, and $30 on an iPad.

Microsoft Store for Education

This back to school sale lets students save $150 on Surface Pro 3, 10 percent off on Windows PCs, varying discounts on software, and 10 percent or more on all accessories.


Students can gain access to some of the Amazon Prime membership perks by signing up for the free version called Amazon Student. You will have access to free two-day shipping and exclusive sales, but not their streaming services. After 6 months, your payment method on file will be charged $49 (half the Prime membership cost), and you'll get full Amazon Prime benefits. This discount will be available to you for four years. How can you pass it up?

Lenovo Academic Purchase Program

Serving up some serious savings, Lenovo is offering 20 to 35 percent off many laptop models (over $200 in savings), 42 to 51 percent off select extra laptop batteries, and instant discounts on Ultrabooks. All you need to do is select your state and school name to browse the sale.

Having new technology to use for school is great, but make sure you know the electronic device rules for each class. Some professors may not allow laptop or tablet use during lectures, while others promote it. Just remember to ask so you're respectful to your professors and other students.