How to Get a Lenovo Student Discount

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A girl uses her Lenovo student discount to shop for a new laptop.

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Lenovo is one of the biggest names in desktop and laptop computers, with massively popular brands like Thinkpad and Ideapad. Their laptops enjoy a reputation for build quality and usability, but they aren't cheap. That's where the Lenovo student discount comes into play. If you can prove that you're enrolled at a qualifying institution, you can save up to 20 percent on Lenovo laptops through the official Lenovo store.

Who is Eligible For the Lenovo Student Discount?

Lenovo has a couple of requirements that you need to meet if you want to take advantage of their student discount. To qualify for this discount, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • Currently enrolled at a college, university, community college, or technical college

Primary and secondary students are not eligible for the discount, and college students who have not yet turned 18 are also not eligible. The program is also not available to anyone who is currently taking professional training courses but not enrolled at a qualifying university or college.

What Does the Lenovo Student Discount Get You?

The Lenovo student discount provides a 15 - 20 percent discount on big name brands like Thinkpad and Ideapad. There is no standard discount amount, but you can view the currently available discounts by visiting Lenovo's Student and Teacher Discounts page.

Discounts are applied in the shopping cart, after verifying that you are a student, so you won't see the discount reflected in prices on the Lenovo website.

How Does Lenovo Verify Student Enrollment?

Lenovo uses an identity verification service called ID.me to check whether or not you're actually enrolled as a student at a qualifying institution. This service is able to verify enrollment at four year universities, junior and community colleges, and technical colleges.

This same service is used by a lot of other big companies, so signing up once can grant you access to a variety of student discounts from companies other than Lenovo. It's also used to provide discounts for first responders and service members.

When ID.me 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 documents for employees at ID.me to go through manually. This takes longer, because it isn't automated, but it usually isn't necessary.

How to Sign Up for the Lenovo Student Discount

Since Lenovo uses ID.me to verify your enrollment, you need to sign up for an ID.me account and set it up before you can take advantage of the Lenovo student discount. Once you've created and set up this account, you'll be able to use it for other sites that also use ID.me without any additional work.

ID.me also provides verification for teachers, first responders, government employees, and members of the armed forces.

Here's how to get an ID.me account and verify your enrollment as a student at a qualified institution:

  1. Navigate to ID.me and click Sign Up.

    A screenshot of the ID.me website.
  2. Enter your email, choose a password, and click Sign Up.

    A screenshot of the ID.me signup process.

    You can also choose to sign in to ID.me with your Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn account.

  3. Click My Account in the top right corner of the page.

    A screenshot of the ID.me website.
  4. Click IDs and Logins in the Wallet tab.

    A screenshot of the ID.me account page.
  5. Click + Add ID.

    A screenshot of the ID.me wallet page.
  6. Click Student.

    A screenshot of the ID.me Add ID popup.

    If you have any of the other qualifying IDs in this list, you can return to this step later to add them as well. For example, if you are both a student and a service member, click Troop and follow the on-screen instructions to qualify for any relevant discounts.

  7. Click Confirm your school enrollment.

    A screenshot of the ID.me Student ID confirmation page.
  8. Click Begin.

    A screenshot of the ID.me Student ID confirmation.
  9. Select your school, enter your information, and click Continue.

    A screenshot of the ID.me school enrollment verification page.
  10. If the system is able to automatically verify your enrollment, your ID.me account will be ready to use. Follow any additional instructions you see on the ID.me site, then visit Lenovo.com to use your discount. If the system isn't able to verify your enrollment, return to step 9 and select Upload student documentation.

How to Use Your Lenovo Student Discount

The Lenovo student discount functions a lot like a coupon code that you apply when you're ready to check out and buy your items. Instead of entering a coupon code, you enter your ID.me information, ID.me verifies that you are a student, and Lenovo provides you with a discount.

Here's how the process works:

  1. Navigate to the Lenovo Student & Teacher Discounts page, and click SHOP THINKPAD LAPTOPS or SHOP IDEAPAD LAPTOPS.

    A screenshot of the Lenovo Students and Teachers Discounts page.
  2. Locate a laptop that you're interested in, and click SHOP NOW.

    A screenshot of the Lenovo store.
  3. If you're still interested, click VIEW MODELS to choose a specific laptop.

    A screenshot of a laptop on the Lenovo store.
  4. Determine which model you want, and click ADD TO CART. If prompted, click ADD TO CART a second time to finalize the process and view your cart.

    A screenshot of different models of a single laptop on Lenovo's web store.
  5. Click + Military/Student/Teacher/50+ Discount.

    A screenshot of the Lenovo checkout process.
  6. Click Verify with ID.me.

    A screenshot of the Verify with ID.me option on Lenovo.
  7. Select Student, then click Continue to sign in.

    A screenshot of the ID.me verification process.
  8. If you haven't already set up your ID.me account, you will be prompted to verify your enrollment. If you have already verified, then ID.me will pass that info to Lenovo to unlock your discount.

  9. Verify that your discount has been applied, and complete your purchase.

What to Do When Automatic Verification Fails

Since Lenovo uses ID.me to check your status as a student, the verification process is usually automated and painless. When the process fails, for any reason, you will have to upload supporting documentation to access your student discount.

Here are some of the types of proof that ID.me accepts:

  • Current student ID card with a visible expiration date
  • Transcript showing current enrollment
  • Enrollment verification letter from the Office of The Registrar at your school

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

What Happens to Your Lenovo Student Discount When You Graduate?

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