Apple holds a Back to School offer every year (now known as the Higher Education Offer to avoid confusion) and offers a free product, usually AirPods, with the purchase of eligible Apple products.
This year, however, it looks like Apple won’t be giving away AirPods. Instead, Apple offers gift cards with eligible purchases.
This year’s deal started on Friday, June 24 in the US The same deal is likely to launch in the UK and Europe in July.
This education-focused deal comes in addition to year-long discounts Apple is offering students and educational institutions on its Macs and iPads. We explain everything you need to know about getting a discount, including how much you can save as a student, and how to use Apple’s Education Store in this guide to shopping the Apple Education Store.
What is Apple’s Back To School Offer in 2022?
Free gift card worth up to $150
Apple is offering vouchers for the Higher Education Deal this summer. Apple is also offering vouchers during the Black Friday shopping event, and as with that deal, there are different voucher values associated with different Apple products:
Buy an iPad Air (5th generation), iPad Pro 11-inch or 12.9-inch and receive a $100 Apple Gift Card.
Buy a MacBook Air, 13-inch, 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro or a 24-inch iMac and receive a $150 Apple Gift Card.
Vouchers do mean that those who take advantage of the deal will have more choice about what they spend their money on, rather than being limited to headphones. The second-generation AirPods start at $129, so buying a Mac can technically save you more this year. However, in 2021 the AirPods started at $159 and you could apply that price to the purchase of AirPods Pro or AirPods Max.
All products sold to students through Apple’s Education Store include a discount, so you’re already saving on all of these products.
Plus, students get a 20 percent discount on AppleCare+.
The terms of the deal are here. Apple’s Back To Higher Education deal ran this year (January 6 to March 14) in Australia and other Southern Hemisphere locations when Apple gave away AirPods. Every year, Apple’s educational event kicks off in mid-June in the US and from July in the UK and Europe. So if you’re based in that part of the world, now’s the time to take advantage!
How to Get Apple’s Back To School Deal
As long as you live in an area where Apple has the deal at the time of your purchase, and are a college student or about to begin college, you can qualify for Apple’s Higher Education deal and a free pair of AirPods (or vouchers if that’s what the deal is). Below you will find more information about who the deal applies to.
Keep in mind that if you qualify, you can get discounts all year round by shopping at the Apple Education Store, so you don’t have to shop now to get a bargain.
Due to differences in when the school year starts around the world, Apple is running the promotion at different times and in different places.
Apple is taking the action in the early months of the year in the southern hemisphere. So if you live in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and South America, you can take advantage of Apple’s deal between January 6 and March 14.
The same deal will run in the UK, US, Canada and Europe later in the year. Usually between June and September in North America, and between July and October in Europe and the UK.
In the US, you can visit Apple’s US Education Store, but logging in from your university network can make the process easier.
In the UK, you can visit the UK Education Store, but you will also need to verify your student or staff status with UNiDAYS.
Visit the Apple Education Store for other regions using the links below:
When you make your purchase, you can request the Apple Gift Card.
Read on to find out what dates the deal will run on in 2022.
When is Apple’s Back to School Sale 2022?
Apple’s higher education offer runs from June 24 to September 26, 2022 in the US and Canada
In the UK and Europe it usually runs from mid-July to October.
In Australia, New Zealand and South America, sales take place between January and March.
Apple Back to School Sale US and Canada Dates from 2022
In 2021, the deal ran from June 17 to September 27. In 2020, Apple launched the US sale on June 15 with an end date set for September 29, although Apple eventually extended the end date to October 12, making it just one day. before Amazon’s Prime Day, which took place October 13-14, 2020.
Apple’s education discounts are available year-round.
Visit the US Education Store and Canada Education Store for more information.
Apple Back to School Sale UK/Europe – Dates 2022
Mid-July – Mid-October 2022 (estimated)
In 2021, Apple’s Higher Education offer (aka Back to School Sale) started on July 15 in the UK Education Store. The sale ran through Monday, October 11.
It is normal for Apple to announce the UK offer in July as school is later. Apple UK’s Back to School Sale in 2020 started on July 9th and lasted until October 29th. It also launched the 2019 sale on July 9, and the 2018 sale started on July 12.
If this year’s deal doesn’t work out when you’re considering making a purchase from Apple, don’t be disappointed: Apple’s education discounts are available year-round. Students and teachers must log in through the UNiDAYS website to view the offers. Educational store discounts are usually up to £280 for UK students.
Apple Back to School Sale Australia/New Zealand/South America/South Korea 2022
Run from January 6 – March 14, 2022
The dates in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and South Korea correspond to the new school year there.
In 2021, the sale ran from January 7 to March 16.
Who can get Apple’s Back to School deal?
If you’re enrolled in a higher education institution (i.e., post-K12 education, universities, and colleges), you’re eligible for the free AirPods deal and Apple’s usual education discount. Employees of these institutions may also be eligible. If you are a parent purchasing for your offspring, you may also qualify.
Alternatively, if you are an employee of a public or private K-12 institution/school in the US or Canada, you are also eligible. Apple’s Education pricing is not available to parents with children in school, but a homeschool teacher may qualify.
Even if Apple doesn’t implement the Back to School Deal, students and educational institutions will still be able to take advantage of the standard educational prices on the Education Prices page (US here/UK here).
Which iPads are included in Apple’s Back to School deal?
Not every Apple product you can buy in the Education Store is included in the free AirPods deal.
For 2022, Apple has shipped the following iPads:
iPad Air (5th generation)
iPad Pro 11 inch
iPad Pro 12.9-inch
This is in line with the 2021 deal, where Apple included the iPad Pro and iPad Air in its Back To School offering. The iPad and iPad mini 5th generation are still excluded from the offer.
You can still get a discount on the educational prices on the iPad and iPad mini if you qualify, but you won’t be able to get the free voucher.
If you don’t qualify for the education awards, we have a separate guide to where to get the best deals on iPad. For advice on which iPad to buy, read which iPad is best for students.
Which Macs are included in Apple’s Back to School deal?
If you qualify for Apple’s Back to School AirPods, you must purchase one of the following Macs.
13-inch MacBook Pro
14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro
You can also take advantage of educational prizes for all those Macs. This year, the Mac mini is excluded from the voucher offer.
If you don’t qualify for an education discount, check out these roundups of the best deals on a new Mac:
We also have this advice on which Mac is best for students.