Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web How to Get a Microsoft Store Student Discount Save money on software and computers for school Share Pin Email Print T2 Images / Cultura / Getty Around the Web Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More By Jeremy Laukkonen Writer Jeremy Laukkonen is tech writer and the creator of a popular blog and video game startup. He also ghostwrites articles for numerous major trade publications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Jeremy Laukkonen Updated January 13, 2020 Microsoft sells a lot of software that's useful for students, and hardware like the Surface and Surface Pro that are great for keeping productivity up while you're on the go. If you're an eligible student (or a parent of one), you can take advantage of the Microsoft student discount to gain free access to powerful software like Office 365, and save on computers and other devices. Who Is Eligible for the Microsoft Student Discount? The Microsoft student discount is available to a wide range of people, including students, faculty, and even parents. Here are the general requirements: Enrolled as a K-12 student, and at least 13 years oldParent of a K-12 student or college studentEnrolled at a four-year university, two-year college, or a vocational school What Does the Microsoft Student Discount Get You? The Microsoft student discount typically provides a 10 percent savings on hardware like desktop computers, laptops, and tablets. It also grants free access to some software, like Office 365. Read More: The Best Laptops for College Students Certain items are specifically excluded, including:Digital games and appsXbox consoles and gamesPersonalized and customized itemsGift cards and subscriptions to services like Xbox Live How Does Microsoft Verify Student Enrollment? When you request the student discount at a physical Microsoft store, you need to prove your enrollment by showing your student ID or some another supporting document like a class schedule, transcript, or acceptance letter. When you use the Microsoft student discount online, Microsoft doesn't require up-front verification. That means you can take advantage of the student discount without proving that you're enrolled at a qualifying school, or that you're even a student at all. When you use the Microsoft student discount online, you agree to let Microsoft contact you at a later date for verification. If you are contacted, you will have to provide proof of enrollment. If you're unable to prove that you are a student, you will have to pay the difference between the student discount price and the full price of the items that you purchased. How to Get the Microsoft Student Discount To get the Microsoft student discount, all you have to do is access the online Microsoft store through the student and military discount portal, and then check out all of the student discounts on the site. Microsoft doesn't require verification at the time of purchase, so you don't even need to prove your enrollment to receive the discount. Here's how the process works: Go to the Microsoft Student and Military Discounts site, log in with your Microsoft account, and click Shop Now. Click OK. Click Student Deals. Locate the software or device you want to buy, and add it to your cart. Some software, like Office 365, is free for students. Complete the checkout process. If you choose to pick up your order at a local Microsoft store, remember to bring your student ID. Microsoft doesn't verify enrollment during online purchases, but they may ask for proof of enrollment during pickup.