How to Get a Lenovo Student Discount

Save money on laptops for school

Lenovo is one of the biggest names in desktop and laptop computers, with popular brands like Thinkpad and Ideapad. If you can prove your enrollment at a qualifying institution, you can save as much as 20 percent on Lenovo laptops through the official Lenovo store.

Lenovo also offers discounts to military personnel, teachers, and senior citizens.

Who is Eligible For the Lenovo Student Discount?

Lenovo has requirements that you must meet 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 aren't eligible for the discount. College students who haven't turned 18 are also not eligible. The program isn't available to anyone currently taking professional training courses but not enrolled at a qualifying university or college.

Student shopping for a new laptop

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What Does the Lenovo Student Discount Get You?

The Lenovo student discount provides a 5 to 20 percent discount on big name brands like Thinkpad and Ideapad. There isn't a standard discount amount, but you can view the currently available deals by visiting the Lenovo Student and Teacher Discounts page.

Lenovo applies discounts in the shopping cart after verifying that you are a student. You won't see the discount reflected in the Lenovo website's prices.

How Does Lenovo Verify Student Enrollment?

Lenovo uses an identity verification service called ID.me to check your enrollment as a qualifying institution student. This service verifies enrollment at four-year universities, junior and community colleges, and technical colleges.

When ID.me can't automatically verify your enrollment, you can upload supporting documentation. For this process to work, you'll need to scan your documents for employees at ID.me to go through manually.

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 taking advantage of the Lenovo student discount. After you create and set up this account, you can use it for other sites that use ID.me without any additional work.

ID.me provides verification for teachers, first responders, government employees, and members of the armed forces. Signing up once grants you access to discounts from other businesses.

  1. Navigate to ID.me and select For Individuals.

    For Individuals button on ID.me website
  2. Select Create an ID.me Account.

    Create an ID.me Account button
  3. Enter your email, choose a password, and select Sign up.

    The ID.me signup process.

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

  4. Select My Account in the upper-right corner of the page.

    The ID.me website.

    If you don't see My Account, select Sign-in in the upper-right corner, sign in to your account, and choose My Account.

  5. Select Manage IDs in the My IDs section.

    Manage IDs in My IDs section of ID.me account
  6. On the Student button, select Add.

    My IDs section in ID.me account

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

  7. On the pop-up window that appears, select Confirm your school enrollment.

    ID.me Student ID confirmation page.
  8. Select Begin.

    ID.me Student ID confirmation.
  9. Choose your school, enter your information, and select Continue.

    ID.me school enrollment verification page.
  10. If the system automatically verifies your enrollment, your ID.me account is 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 cannot verify your enrollment, return to step 9 and select Upload student documentation.

How to Use Your Lenovo Student Discount

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

  1. Navigate to the Lenovo Students & Teachers Discounts page, and select Shop Thinkpad Laptops or Shop Ideapad Laptops.

    The Lenovo Students and Teachers Discounts page.
  2. Locate a laptop that you're interested in, and select Shop Now.

    A screenshot of the Lenovo store.
  3. Select View Models to choose a specific laptop.

    A laptop on the Lenovo store.
  4. Determine which model you want, and select Add to Cart. If prompted, choose Add to Cart a second time to finalize the process and view your cart.

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

    The Lenovo checkout process.
  6. Select Verify with ID.me.

    The Verify with ID.me option on Lenovo.
  7. Choose Student, then click Continue to sign in.

    The ID.me verification process.

    If you haven't set up your ID.me account, you're prompted to verify your enrollment. If you are verified, ID.me passes that information to Lenovo to unlock your discount.

  8. 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, upload your supporting documentation to access your student discount.

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

  • A current student ID card with a visible expiration date.
  • A transcript showing current enrollment.
  • An enrollment verification letter from the Office of the Registrar at your school.

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

What Happens to Your Lenovo Student Discount When You Graduate?

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