Cashing In on Your Student ID

You’re a college student struggling with tuition, expensive textbooks, everyday costs and years to go before your first real paycheck. What’s the financial upside? Student deals! Your school ID is your passport to the land of discounts, and you’ll be surprised how many retailers, restaurants and other places will take a bite out of the bill for their student customers.


Many places that are probably already on your “favorites” list offer discounts, free extras or student menus. So while we recommend you dine out as little as possible to save money, if you must, at least take advantage of places that give you a discount for being a student. Some offer a straight percentage off—usually 10 percent—including Subway, Burger King, Arby’s, Waffle House, McDonald’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Dairy Queen. Others, such as Chipotle, Qdoba and Chick-fil-A give students a free drink with purchase. Offers vary by location, so ask before you order.


Shopping for a new outfit? Don’t forget to ask whether your favorite store offers a student discount. Many mall staples (Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor LOFT,  J. Crew, The Limited, Levi’s, Banana Republic, Madewell, Kate Spade, Juicy Couture, Eastern Mountain Sports), give students a 15 percent discount on non-sale items, and others offer 10% off (Topshop, including sale items; Target, online only) or 20 percent off (Club Monaco, including sale items; Kenneth Cole).


Your school ID can also save you a few dollars on activities, such as movie tickets (AMC and Cinemark offer student deals), museums, aquariums, concerts, hotel stays, theme parks and bus and rail travel.

Even if it’s not listed here, there’s no harm in asking about student discounts anytime you take out your wallet. Good candidates include moving companies, car insurance, cellular service, computer supplies, ski passes, newspaper and magazine subscriptions, school and craft supplies, hair salons, shipping, fitness center memberships and classes, sporting events and public transportation. Some schools also negotiate special discounts at local attractions for their own students. When in doubt, ask: you’ll be surprised how much you can save simply by showing your card.


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  • Wendy

    Wow!!! This is amazing. Can’t wait to start saving money.

  • Tywanda

    AAAAWWWEEESSOOMMEE! I will be using my Student ID! YES indeed!

  • Marie

    I never got my refund

    • Mary Johnson

      Hi Marie,

      Did you try contacting Customer Care at 1-866-309-7454?