Approximately three out of every four college students—which is roughly 14 million students, or 8 percent of the total workforce—work while also taking classes, according to the Learning While Earning: The New Normal 2015 report. Other findings provided in this report include: one in three working students are 30-years-old or older; one in four are full-time in both work and school; and one in five (19 percent) have children to care for, too.
Not only does having a job while trying to obtain a higher education tend to stretch a student's time thin, they're not getting rich while doing it either as this report further indicates that, while enrolled, the average student earns between $7,500 and $42,000 per year. Twenty-three percent earn less than that.
This makes budgeting a great skill to have, but there are also some companies which respect the work many students are putting into their education by giving them discounts on their products and services. Here are a few of them, in alphabetical order, as well as the savings they have to offer to current college students.
- Adobe – Want Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other similar programs at a discounted rate? Students pay only $19.99 per month for 12 months, with Adobe, then $29.99 per month thereafter, a major savings off the normal rate of $52.99 per month.
- Allstate – If you're under the age of 25, attending school full-time and get good grades, or attend a school more than 100 miles from home, you may qualify for Allstate's Smart Student Discount program.
- Amazon Prime Student – Prime Student offers various Amazon deals designed with students in mind. It's free for the first six months, then $6.49 per month thereafter.
- Apple – Apple is all about the student, offering deals like free Beats when you buy a Mac or iPad Pro, up to $200 off qualifying Mac purchases, and 20 percent off AppleCare.
- AT&T – Whether you need to buy wireless devices or wireless services (or both), AT&T may just give you a discount. All you have to do is submit your school e-mail address to find out the details.
- Banana Republic – Get 15 percent off all full-priced items when you shop in a physical Banana Republic store and show them your student ID. This offer isn't valid if you make your purchases online.
- Dell – Dell offers students with valid .edu email addresses a $100 promo eGift card on system purchases over $499.
- FedEx – This shipping service provider gives students a 20 percent discount on packages (FedEx IP) and a 30 percent discount on documents (FedEx Envelop/Pak). You just have to show your student ID to enjoy these savings.
- Fujitsu – In the market for a new notebook or tablet? If so, Fujitsu will give you 5 percent off. All you have to do is call them at (800) FUJITSU to get it.
- GEICO – Maintain a 'B' or above in your classes, and you may qualify for a student discount from GEICO. This company also offers discounts if you've been accident-free for five years, belong to a fraternity or sorority, or are a member of an honor society.
- General Motors (GM) – In the market for a new or new-to-you car? GM offers a number of college discounts, helping you get some new wheels at a lower rate.
- J. Crew – If you're into J. Crew, make sure you show your school ID when making your purchase to get your 15 percent discount. It's only offered on full-price items, but that's almost like getting the clothes and accessories you want on sale!
- Lenovo – Ready for a new PC? Lenovo offers a variety of deals for students interested in purchasing either their Think or Idea brands.
- New York Times – Whether you like to get your news digitally or in print, The New York Times enables students to do either or both at a lower rate, with digital subscriptions starting at $1 per week and home delivery (which also includes digital access) starting at $4.75 per week.
- Penske – Make moving to and from school easier and cheaper by using Penske. You can save 10 percent off your truck rental.
- Sprint – This phone carrier offers students discounts via its Sprint Works Program, though you have to fill out their form to find out how much you can save.
- State Farm Insurance – Car insurance can get expensive, but if you get good grades and are under 25 years of age, State Farm will give you up to 25 percent off your rates.
- Topshop – Enjoy 10 percent off at Topshop, the site which offers a variety of clothing options and accessories for young men and women alike. Once you register with Student Beans iD to verify your student status, you're ready to shop!
- Wall Street Journal – If you want to stay up to date on business, the stock market, and a host of other subjects relevant to the world today (and relevant to some of your classes), The Wall Street Journal offers this option for $15 for 15 weeks for students. Alternatively, you can subscribe for a whole year for $49, which is 50 percent off the regular price.
Getting an education is costly enough. Shop with these companies, and it's almost like getting money back.