Score These Student Discounts and Get Your School Year Off to a Great Start

Venus Zoleta

Venus Zoleta

Last updated August 10, 2022

What is more challenging for students these days than completing all tasks on time? It’s making their allowance last. And with so many things on their shopping wishlist, you’d want to look for ways to score a student discount to save more. 

Student discounts are a welcome opportunity to stretch one's daily budget for school needs. Knowing where you can present a valid school ID or proof of current enrollment entitles you to discounts on various products and services in the Philippines. Here are some of them.

Where Can You Get a Student Discount in the Philippines?

As a student, many student discounts can help you save and stretch your student budget. Here are some of them.

Public Transportation

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Student discount on transport fares isn’t something new in the Philippines. Here, students enjoy lower fares in jeepneys, buses, and tricycles. Now that students will soon be attending in-person classes, it’s good to know that a discounted fare is waiting for you when you get back to school. 

With the signing of Republic Act 11314,[1] also known as the Student Fare Discount Act, the mandatory 20% discount for students has been expanded to include all forms of land, sea, and air transportation.

This school year in 2022, the Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT 2) will be offering free rides to students under its “Libreng Sakay” program.[2] As per the DOTr, there have also been recommendations to extend the “Libreng Sakay” to the Manila Metro Rail Transit System Line 3 (MRT 3) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR), although these are yet to be approved.

But a bit of good news here, too, as the free rides at the EDSA Bus Carousel will continue until December 2022.

Who Can Get a Student Discount on Transport Fare?

All students in the Philippines from elementary to college level, including those studying in technical-vocational schools, are entitled to the 20% discount.

However, post-graduate students, such as those taking up master's, doctoral, medicine, or law degrees, are exempted from the student discount. Students enrolled in short-term classes, such as those in driving schools and dance schools, are also not covered by the new student fare discount law.

When and Where to Avail of the 20% Student Fare Discount

The fare discount can be availed throughout the year—including weekends and holidays—while the student is enrolled.

The student discount law covers the following public transportation modes:

  • Jeepneys
  • Tricycles
  • UV Express vans
  • Taxis
  • Airlines (domestic flights only)
  • Buses (including P2P buses)
  • Trains (including the LRT, MRT, and PNR)
  • Transport network vehicles services (TNVS) such as Grab
  • Passenger ships

Excluded from the student discount are school services, shuttle services, tourist services, and other transport services that are covered by a contract or charter agreement.

Grab Student Discount

Availing of student discounts on jeepneys, tricycles, UV Express vans, taxis, and buses is easier compared with availing them on TNVS, though. Traditional PUVs just require you to present your ID.

But with GrabCar, you need to follow a step-by-step process to get a student discount on your fare:

  1. Log in to your Grab account and click Account. 
  2. Under General, tap Help Centre and search for "How to Apply for Special Discounts."[2]
  3. Take note of the requirements for students: 
    • Valid student/school ID
    • Current school registration form (must reflect the current academic year)
  4. Scroll down and tap Email Us.
  5. Select the appropriate status from the dropdown menu ("I am a Student").
  6. Enter the name of the school and course.
  7. Upload your student/school ID and current school registration form.
  8. Click Submit.
  9. A prompt will appear to indicate whether your registration is successful or not. 
  10. If the registration is successful, make sure to bring your school ID with you when booking a Grab ride and present it to the Grab driver. 

Emirates Airlines Student Discount

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Get reduced flight costs to over 250 destinations when you book your flight with Emirates Airlines until September 30, 2022 using the promo code STUDENT.[4]

This promo entitles eligible travelers to up to a 10% discount on Economy Class and Business Class fares. You also get flexible options to change your flight date and 10 kilograms extra baggage allowance or one extra piece of baggage.

This offer is valid only for full-time students at accredited schools and universities who are between 16 and 31 years old at the time of the travel date.

Philippine Airlines Student Discount

Filipino students at any level can avail of a 20% discount on Philippine Airlines’[5] base travel fares for one-way and round trip fares.

To be eligible for this promo, the student should be enrolled in an elementary, secondary, technical-vocational, or higher education institution. 

To avail of the student discount, simply present your valid school ID or validated school enrollment form (for the current school year), plus any of the following: 

  • Passport
  • Naturalization Certificate 
  • Baptismal Certificate 
  • Birth Certificate
  • Latest School Records (Form 137)

Philippine Airlines doesn’t, however, allow students enrolled in post-graduate degree courses and informal short-term courses such as dancing, swimming, music, and driving lessons, and seminar-type courses. The discount also does not apply to Economy Supersaver and Economy Saver, as well as promo fares and international routes.

Student Discount from Singapore Airlines 

Do you often fly via Singapore Airlines? You can enjoy its student privileges that are now available for its Economy Class, Premium Economy, and Business Class flights. 

Furthermore, you can enjoy up to 50 kg of checked baggage and the flexibility of changing your travel dates minus the fees. Also, you’ll enjoy a 12-month validity on your ticket. 

To enjoy these student privileges, you should be currently enrolled at an eligible college or university and be a KrisFlyer member. You can apply for a verified student status through your KrisFlyer account. Student verification is done only once a year. 

Just provide your first name and last name, the name of your college or university, and the date that shows you're currently enrolled for the term. The date should not be older than three months. 

Other acceptable documents you can provide are the following: 

  • Student ID card 
  • Offer letter
  • Enrollment letter
  • School transcript
  • Tuition receipt

Laptops and Other Tech Products

Apple Student Discount in the Philippines

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Did you know that students in the Philippines can get as much as ₱6,000 off on a Mac or iPad purchase?

Apple offers an education discount for newly accepted college students, as well as their parents, teachers, lecturers, and school staff, on the following laptop and tablet models:

  • MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
  • iMac 
  • iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, and iPad Mini
Discounted Apple Product Prices for Students and Teachers

Check out these discounted Apple products that students and educators in the Philippines can avail of:

MacBook Air 

  • M1 chip: from ₱51,990
  • M2 chip: from ₱63,990

MacBook Pro 

  • 13-inch: from ₱68,990
  • 14-inch: from ₱107,990
  • 16-inch: from ₱134,990

iMac: from ₱70,990

iPad Pro

  • 11-inch: from ₱43,190
  • 12.9 inch: from ₱57,390

iPad Air: from ₱32,990

iPad: from ₱18,990

iPad Mini: from ₱26,990

Apple Education Student Discount Promo in the Philippines 2022

But wait, there's more! From now until September 26, 2022, qualified students, teachers, and staff who purchase eligible Apple products (Mac or iPad) can receive savings of ₱7,690 with their eligible promotion product (AirPods) purchase.[6] 

Want to know how to get the Apple education discount in the Philippines? Avail of this student discount at Power Mac through the Power Mac education discount, its online store, or any Apple Authorized Education Resellers nationwide. Their sales consultants can help and guide you through the process. 

Be Future-Proof and Future-Ready with a Citi Personal Loan

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A new school year is always exciting. But it also brings a lot of expenses, including paying tuition fees, buying school supplies, and providing daily allowances. 

Enjoy some breathing room in your budget with a Citi Personal Loan. Borrow up to ₱2 million, enjoy low interest rates, and pay for up to five years. Plus, if you apply via Moneymax from now until October 31, 2022 (and get approved subsequently), you'll receive a welcome gift worth up to ₱10,990 upon loan disbursement. 

So whether it’s a student loan or some extra cash you need, apply for a Citi Personal Loan today! 

Note: This product is sold by Union Bank of the Philippines, using certain trademarks temporarily under license from Citigroup Inc. and related group entities.

Student Discount from Samsung

Samsung also has an Education Store where students, teachers, and staff can get exclusive discounts on different Samsung products, like smartphones, monitors, earbuds, smartwatches, and more. To access the Samsung Education Store, you need a working email address ending in .edu.ph and a Samsung account. 

Sign up for a Samsung account using your school email address. Verify your account, and then you can already start shopping using your Samsung account. 

If you don't have an edu.ph email, you can request an access code. You may need to wait for one to three days for your details to be validated and for the access code to be sent. Once you receive it, just enter the access code to validate your Samsung account. 

See also: Is Distance Learning in the Philippines the Best Option for Your Kid?

Samsung Education Promo 2022

When you buy a Samsung Galaxy S22, you can get a free Lucky Box and Silicone Cover, and a free Galaxy Buds2 when you buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8. Pay cash on delivery and even enjoy free delivery for mobile products. 

ASUS Student Discount in the Philippines

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From now until August 31, 2022, enjoy great discounts on ASUS, ROG, and TUF laptops and get exclusive bundle packages worth up to ₱23,000. 

Some of the exciting freebies that are up for grabs include an ROG Hoodie, an S500 Portable SSD, a pair of Marshall Major IV Bluetooth headphones, ₱3,000 Birkenstock voucher, ASUS Zenscreen portable monitors, and The North Face Borealis backpack.

You can avail of this back-to-school promo at any participating ASUS Concept Store and authorized partner online and offline stores.

After purchasing any participating laptops and bundles, fill out the registration form online to receive and claim your bundles. For special discounts, they’ll be automatically applied to the items upon purchase at the store. 

Any registrations after October 31, 2022 will no longer be accepted. For any concerns or clarifications about the redemption process, you may email asusphpromo2020@gmail.com or call the customer toll-free number at 1-800-1-888-2787.

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Student Discounts on Streaming Subscriptions

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Love listening to music while waiting for your next class? You’ll be glad to know that some music streaming providers offer discounts for college students in the Philippines.

Both Apple Music and Spotify allow students to subscribe to their streaming service with a big discount that’s good for four years.

A Spotify Premium subscription costs only ₱75 per month for students enrolled in an accredited college or university. The regular price for that monthly plan is ₱129.

Subscribing to Apple Music costs ₱75 monthly for college students, which is cheaper than the regular monthly rate of ₱129. If you qualify for a free trial of Apple Music via the Student Plan, you also get access to Apple TV+ for free, and a special student rate of ₱69 per month when your Apple Music and Apple TV+ trial ends. 

YouTube also offers a student plan for its Music Premium and YouTube Premium subscription for just ₱95 per month. Listen to music and watch videos with no ads even when your screen is locked or even while using other apps. You can also save videos to your phone so you can watch them anytime, anywhere, even when you're offline. 

Students who are first-time users get a free one-month trial. This offer can be availed for up to four years and is available only to full-time students currently enrolled at colleges and universities. 

Learning Resources

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Learning resources are very important for students, whether online or offline. It’s good to know that popular and useful educational tools also come with a student discount or at no cost at all! Here are a few learning resources you can subscribe to for free or without paying the regular price. 

Office 365 Education 

Microsoft is one of the most useful applications every student should be acquainted with. With that, students of eligible schools and universities are entitled to a free Office 365 Education[7] package plus other classroom tools. If your school has not registered yet, you can actually register on your own. Below is a table you can use to compare the packages and their pricing. 

PackagePriceFeatures
Office 365 A1 for Students and TeachersFreeFree Office 365 for the web with popular apps like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote
Office 365 A3PHP 125 per month + TaxesAll the features in A1 plus full access to the Office desktop apps and additional management and security tools
Office 365 APHP 300 per month + taxesAll the features in A3 plus Microsoft’s best-in-class intelligent security management, advanced compliance, and analytics systems
Microsoft 365PHP 469 per month + taxesAll premium Microsoft features can be used on all devices by up to 6 people

Adobe Creative Cloud for Education

You can enjoy over 60% student discount when you buy Adobe Creative Cloud for education. Included in the package are the following apps, and then some:

  • Acrobat Pro
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Lightroom
  • XD
  • Animate
  • Lightroom Classic
  • Dreamweaver
  • Dimension
  • Audition
  • InCopy
  • Character Animator
  • Capture 
  • Fresco
  • Bridge
  • Adobe Express
  • Premiere Rush
  • Photoshop Express
  • Photoshop Camera
  • Media Encoder
  • Aero
  • Prelude
  • Lightroom Web
  • Adobe Scan
  • Fill & Sign
  • Acrobat Reader

This package also includes 100GB of cloud storage, as well as Adobe Portfolio and Adobe Fonts. The reduced price of Adobe Creative Cloud for Education[8] costs ₱997 per month for the first year, including taxes. This is valid for an annual plan only as it requires a 12-month contract.

Related article: How Do Students Cope with Learning in the New Normal?

Student Discount on Grammarly App

Grammarly is an AI-powered application that aims to help students and educators write more efficiently and correctly. Grammarly’s revision suggestions can also help your writing become more understandable. 

Here are some of the packages available for students and educators through the Grammarly for Education plan.[9] 

PackagePriceFeatures
BasicFreeBasic suggestions for spelling, grammar, and punctuations
Premium (1 User)PHP 600/monthProvides suggestions for spelling, grammar, and punctuations plus style, clarity improvements, and additional advanced corrections
Business (more than 50 users)PHP 625 /monthMore users are allowed to access style guide, snippets, brand tones, analytics dashboard, priority email support, and permissions
Grammarly @EDU for 3 usersPHP625/month400+ types of grammar checks, plagiarism checks, vocabulary enhancement tools, and other basic features

Shoes and Apparel

Now that a new school year is about to start and students will be spending time in school again, it’s important to get new school gear that’s practical and stylish. 

Eligible college and university students get a 10% student discount on Nike orders.[10] Upon successful verification of your student status with your SheerID, you’ll be issued a one-time use promo code with the 10% discount you can use on select items. You can enjoy up to ₱25,000 in discounts on your Nike orders.

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Final Thoughts

Like senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), students in the Philippines are entitled to a lot of student discounts that help them save money and make their daily or weekly allowance last. And with inflation hitting new highs in the Philippines this year, it’s important to find ways where you can save money and stretch your budget.

Saving money matters a lot to students who have no full-time, income-earning capacity yet. So while you’re still studying in school, always bring your school ID and take advantage of student discounts. Remember, every peso you’ll save counts!

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Venus leads the blog content strategy and optimization at Moneymax as the Head of Editorial Content. She has 15+ years of experience in content marketing, corporate communications, and public relations. Venus graduated cum laude with a Journalism degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Before joining Moneymax, Venus had written informative guides and articles, specializing in personal finance and digital marketing. She also invests in stocks, mutual funds, VUL, and Pag-IBIG MP2. A hardcore Hallyu Tita, she enjoys bingeing K-dramas on Netflix while bonding with her rescued cats. Follow Venus on LinkedIn.