Save money with your student I.D. | 05.23.12

Posted in College Life, Financial Aid By Student Loan Network Staff

Savings AheadJust admit it, you’re jealous of children and senior citizens who get discounts on train rides and movie tickets, aren’t you? Well, you don’t have to be. Wherever you go to school and in any city across the United States, plenty of establishments will offer discounts if you show a school identification card.

College tuition and living expenses take enough of a toll on you and your family’s pocketbook, so it’s only fair students get a discount on daily activities and nightlife entertainment.

For discounts, here’s a list of places and things you should definitely use your student I.D. card for:

  • Airports, train and bus stations
  • Theaters and museums
  • Events, such as concerts, art shows and carnivals
  • Sports stadiums (for games or shows)
  • Electronics
  • Clothing
  • Food


Always ask if a company or store offers student discounts. You may be surprised how much you can save with that little plastic card.

Some of the major companies that offer student discounts include:

  • Amazon – Joining the Amazon Student program gives you free two-day shipping for six months with Amazon Prime shipping benefits. Students need a school email address to register.
  • Ann Taylor LOFT – 15% off
  • Ann Taylor – 20% off
  • Banana Republic – 15% off
  • Eddie Bauer – 15% off in-store items
  • AMC Theaters
  • Apple – 8% off
  • Qdoba – $5 burrito meals for students
  • Waffle House, Burger King and McDonald’s – 10% off

A few bucks here, a few bucks there – it all adds up in the end. Start saving hundreds a year simply by using your student identification card.


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9 Responses to “Save money with your student I.D.”

  1. Carmen rodroguez says on June 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm:

    Hey Im starting my first year of college And I didn’t know about this woww that’s cool !

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  2. nora samaniego says on June 27, 2012 at 11:24 am:

    Just wondering how in the world am I going to pay my loans. I’m 52 years old and having a hard time landing a job. I will be graduating this fall and am worried that i will not find sutiable employment. Its tuff being my age because no one wants to bother looking at your resume even if you have a 3.7 grade point average. What an unfair world this is.

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    • Student Loan Guru says on June 27, 2012 at 3:31 pm:

      There are deferment options for students having a hard time finding jobs. An economic hardship deferment may be a good choice if you’re getting close to repayment and have limited funds. For more information on this, contact the Department of Education or your student loan lender.

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  3. Eli Gadoury says on June 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm:

    I am having trouble getting a fixed rate, deferred repayment
    loan. My parents are my co-signers and they are in a Debt management program and no bank will touch them. Any suggestions? I know I could try and ask others to co-sign for me. I am going to the college tomorrow, with a parent, to speak with them

    Thanks Eli

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    • Student Loan Guru says on June 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm:

      Great choice in going to the school! The financial aid office will be your best resource. As you mentioned, for families with little or poor credit, finding a cosigner (perhaps and aunt or uncle) might be your best bet.

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    • Patty says on June 27, 2012 at 3:53 pm:

      If your parents are turned down for a Parent Plus loan, you can apply in your name, I believe.

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      • Student Loan Guru says on June 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm:

        If a parent is denied a PLUS loan, the student cannot apply. Instead, the student then becomes eligible for more unsub. stafford loans.

  4. Rose Dugan says on June 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm:

    I read that I can use my student id to save on food. How does that work?

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    • Student Loan Guru says on June 27, 2012 at 3:26 pm:

      Some restaurants have discount days for students where you may need to show an ID. Look up restaurants in your area and find out if there are certain days that are discounted for students.

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