How to Get The Best Buy Student Discount

Take advantage of student deals while you can

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Best Buy is one of the biggest online electronics retailers that also has a massive brick and mortar presence, and they offer pretty deep student discounts. If you can prove that you're currently enrolled at a qualifying school, you can save hundreds of dollars on computers and televisions, 25 percent on accessories, and get access to fresh new deals every month.

Who is Eligible For the Best Buy Student Discount?

The requirements for the Best Buy student discount are very specific, so it's easy to tell if you qualify or not. If you are currently enrolled at a US Title IV accredited college or university, and you're at least 18 years old, then you qualify.

Four year universities, community colleges, and other accredited institutions all count, as long as they are US Title IV accredited. If you aren't sure if your school qualifies, you can use the Federal Student Aid site to check whether or not it is Title IV accredited.

What Does the Best Buy Student Discount Get You?

The Best Buy student discount provides you with access to deep discounts on computers, televisions, and a variety of other electronics. There is no standard discount amount, but you can typically expect to save hundreds of dollars on big ticket items like computers and televisions.

The other difference between the Best Buy student discount program and other student discounts is that you don't receive a discount on everything. To take advantage of your discount, you can either look through a list of offers on the Best Buy Member Offers site, or wait for the monthly Student Deals email.

How Does Best Buy Verify Student Enrollment?

Best Buy uses an identity verification service called SheerID to verify that you're actually enrolled where you say that you're enrolled. This is the same service that's used by Amazon, Spotify, Nike, and a lot of other big names. If you've signed up for an Amazon or Spotify student discount already, you're ready to go for a Best Buy student discount.

When SheerID isn't able to automatically verify your enrollment, it allows you to upload supporting documentation. For this process to work, you'll need to scan your student ID, or make sure you have access to documents like your current class schedule, or an official enrollment letter if you haven't started school yet.

How to Sign Up for the Best Buy Student Discount

Signing up for the Best Buy student discount isn't much more difficult than signing up for a regular Best Buy account. The only difference is that you need to provide some extra information, like where you go to school, and you may also need to upload proof.

  1. Navigate to the Best Buy Student Deals site, and click Sign Up for Deals.

    A screenshot of the Best Buy Student Deals signup page.
  2. Enter your Best Buy email address and password, and click Sign In.

    A screenshot of the Best Buy Student Deals sign-in page.

    If you don't already have a Best Buy account, click Google to sign in with your Google account, or Create one to make a new account.

  3. Enter your information, and click Sign Up.

    A screenshot of the Best Buy student discount signup page.

    If the system isn't able to verify your enrollment, it may ask you to manually verify. In that case, upload your supporting documents and wait for the manual verification.

  4. Click Get Your Student Deals.

    A screenshot of the Best Buy Student Deals signup process.
  5. Your account is now ready to start using Best Buy student discount offers. Either wait for your first student discount email, or check out your member rewards page on the Best Buy website.

How to Use Your Best Buy Student Discount

Unlike a lot of student discounts, the Best Buy student discount isn't automatic. It only applies to specific items, and it functions more like a coupon that you have to clip and turn in than a regular discount.

The basic process requires you to use the Member Offers page to find an item that's eligible for the discount, add that item to your cart, and then click the apply button during checkout to actually receive the discount.

Here's what the process looks like from start to finish:

  1. A screenshot of Best Buy Member Offers.
  2. Locate a product you want to buy, and click Shop Now.

    A screenshot of the Best Buy student discount site.

    Make sure the offer has the Student Deals icon. Other offers are just sale items that are available to all members.

  3. Verify that the item has the Student Deals tag, and click Add to Cart.

    A screenshot of a Best Buy student deal.
  4. Click Go to Cart if you're done shopping.

    A screenshot of an item on the Best Buy website.
  5. Verify the items in your cart, choose whether to pick up your item or have it shipped, and click Checkout when you're ready.

    A screenshot of the Best Buy shopping cart.

    Your student discount will not appear on this page.

  6. Enter your address and click Continue to Payment Information.

    A screenshot of the Best Buy shopping cart.
  7. Look for the My Best Buy offers and Rewards section, and click Apply.

    A screenshot of a student discount on the Best Buy website.

    If you skip this step, you won't receive your student discount.

  8. Verify that your discount has been applied, and click Place Your Order.

    A screenshot of an applied student discount on the Best Buy website.
  9. Return to the Best Buy Membership Offers site the next time you want to use your student discount.

What to Do When Automatic Verification Fails

When we tested Best Buy's student discount program, we found that it automatically provided access to student discounts as soon as we signed up. In the event that the system is unable to verify your enrollment at a qualifying college or university, you will have to provide proof of your enrollment.

Best Buy uses SheerID for enrollment verification, so if the site prompts you to provide additional information to SheerID, that's normal. All you have to do is upload supporting documents to prove your enrollment and then wait for the manual verification.

Here are some of the types of proof that SheerID accepts:

  • Current student ID card
  • Current class schedule
  • An official enrollment letter
  • A registration receipt
  • Any official document from the school that states your name and verifies that you are currently enrolled

If you still aren't able to access the student discount, even after providing documentation manually, contact Best Buy customer support for additional assistance. Someone may need to manually process your application.

What Happens to Your Student Discount When You Graduate?

The Best Buy student discount is only available if you're actually enrolled at an accredited school. If you graduate, or leave school for any reason, you're no longer eligible for the discount.

Unlike other companies that provide student discounts, Best Buy doesn't have a specific procedure in place to force you to re-verify your eligibility on a regular schedule.

If Best Buy does ask you to re-verify, and you are no longer enrolled at a qualifying college or university, your account will be downgraded to a regular member account. Best Buy members still receive special deals and offers each month, but they are not eligible for additional student discounts.