July 23, 2011, 8:14 AM — If you're looking to buy a desktop for the new school year, and you're a student, a parent of a student, a teacher, or (in some cases) an alumnus, you don't have to pay full price. Plenty of computer manufacturers offer student discounts and education pricing--here are just a few.
If you don't know about Apple's education pricing, you're missing out on some pretty sweet deals from the Cupertino-based company. To get the Apple education discount, you simply select your school from a drop-down menu.
College students looking to score an Apple desktop can save between $50 and $450, depending on the model. Students can get a $50 discount on either of Apple's Mac Mini models--$650 for the 2.4GHz, 320GB version, and $950 for the 2.66GHz, 500GB version.
Students can get up to $100 off on a new iMac, depending on which model you choose. If you settle on the 21.5-inch, 2.5GHz iMac, you'll get $50 off, for a price of $1150. If you grab the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz model--or either of the 27-inch models (2.7GHz and 3.1GHz)--Apple will knock $100 off its asking price. The revised numbers are $1400 for the 21.5-inch, 2.7GHz model, and $1600 and $1900 for the 27-inch models.
Interested in one of the multicore Mac Pros? Students qualify for a discount of between $200 and $450--but of course, these machines start at $2500 without the discount. Apple is currently running another promotion for college students: Buy a Mac before September 20, 2011, and you'll get a $100 gift card to the Mac App Store, where you can buy useful software such as iWork and Final Cut Pro.
Dell continues to offer an education discount called Dell University. To get the Dell University discount, go to the Dell University page, enter your valid .edu email address, and accept the terms and conditions. Dell will send an email confirmation to your .edu email address to verify that you're a student, and you'll be on your way to awesome discounts.
Dell currently has a second promotion on its website: If you purchase a qualifying PC, Dell will throw in a free 4GB Xbox 360 (valued at $200). Three qualifying desktop PCs are currently available on Dell's website.