What’s 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.
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What Products and Services Offer a Student Discount?
Student discount on transport fares isn’t something new in the Philippines. Here, students enjoy lower fares in jeepneys, buses, and tricycles. Although most students are not required to travel and attend face-to-face classes yet, 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, 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.
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 masteral, 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 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:
- UV Express vans
- 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.
Availing student discounts on jeepneys, tricycles, UV Express vans, taxis, and buses is easier compared with availing them on TNVS, though. Traditional PUVs would just require you to present your ID. But with Grab, you need to follow a step-by-step process to get a student discount on your fare:
- Log in to your Grab account and click Account.
- Under General, tap Help Centre and search for “How to Apply for Special Discounts.”
- Take note of the requirements for students:
- Valid student/school ID
- Current school registration form (must reflect the current academic year)
- Scroll down and tap Email Us.
- Select the appropriate status from the dropdown menu (“I am a Student”).
- Enter the name of school and course.
- Upload your student/school ID and current school registration form.
- Click Submit.
- A prompt will appear to indicate whether your registration is successful or not.
- If the registration is successful, make sure to bring your school ID with you when booking a Grab ride and to present to the Grab driver.
Emirates Airlines Student Discount
Get reduced flight costs to over 80 destinations when you book your flight with Emirates Airlines until December 31, 2021 using the promo code STUDENT. This promo entitles eligible travelers to up to 10% discount on Economy Class and Business Class fares. You also get one free date change until 7 days of your departure date and 10 kg extra baggage allowance or 1 extra piece of baggage.
Emirates also allows accompanying family members in the same booking to be eligible for this promo. Travel validity is 12 months.
Philippine Airlines Student Discount
Filipino students at any level can avail of a 20% discount on Philippine Airlines’ base travel fares. To be eligible for this promo, the student should be enrolled in an elementary, secondary, technical-vocational, or higher education institution.
Philippine Airlines does not, 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 promo fares and international routes.
Laptops and Other Tech Products
Did you know that students in the Philippines can get as much as PHP 6,000 off on a Mac or iPad purchase?
Apple offers an education discount for college and K-12 students, as well as teachers and school staff, on the following laptop and tablet models:
- MacBook Air and MacBook Pro
- iMac and iMac Pro
- Mac Pro and Mac Mini
- iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad, and iPad mini
Check out these discounted Apple products that students and educators in the Philippines can avail of:
MacBook Pro 13 inches
- Regular price: PHP 71,990
- Apple Education pricing: PHP 65,990
MacBook Air 13 inches
- Regular price: PHP 54,990
- Apple Education pricing: PHP 48,990
Avail of this student discount at Power Mac, its online store, or any Apple Authorized Education Resellers nationwide.
Music Streaming Subscription
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 50% discount that’s good for four years.
A Spotify Premium subscription costs only PHP 65 per month for students enrolled in an accredited college or university. The regular price for that monthly plan is PHP 129.
Subscribing to Apple Music costs PHP 69 monthly for college students, which is cheaper than the regular monthly rate of PHP 129.
Looking for a student discount for Netflix? Unfortunately, the video streaming company doesn’t currently offer discounted plans for students.
Related article: Study Now, Pay Later: How to Get a Student Loan in the Philippines
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 package. 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.
|Office 365 A1 for Students and Teachers||Free||Free Office 365 for the web with popular apps like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote|
|Office 365 A3||PHP 125 per month + Taxes||All the features in A1 plus full access to the Office desktop apps and additional management and security tools|
|Office 365 A||PHP 300 per month + taxes||All the features in A3 plus Microsoft’s best-in-class intelligent security management, advanced compliance, and analytics systems|
|Microsoft 365||PHP 469 per month + taxes||All premium Microsoft features can be used on all devices by up to 6 people|
Adobe Creative Cloud for Education
You can enjoy up to 60% student discount when you buy Adobe Creative Cloud for education. Get up to 20 apps for the price of one including:
- Acrobat Pro
- Premiere Pro
- After Effects
- Lightroom Classic
- Character Animator
- Premiere Rush
- Photoshop Express
- Photoshop Camera
- Media Encoder
- Lightroom Web
- Fill & Sign
- Acrobat Reader
Adobe Creative Cloud for Education costs approximately PHP 1,315 per month, including taxes. The regular price is PHP 3,486 per month.
Student Discount on Grammarly App
Grammarly is an AI-powered application that aims to help users write more efficiently and correctly. With Grammarly’s revision suggestions, it can also help your writing become more understandable.
|Basic||Free||Basic suggestions for spelling, grammar, and punctuations|
|Premium (1 User)||PHP 600/month||Provides suggestions for spelling, grammar, and punctuations plus style, clarity improvements, and additional advanced corrections|
|Business (more than 50 users)||PHP 625 /month||More users are allowed to access style guide, snippets, brand tones, analytics dashboard, priority email support, and permissions|
|Grammarly @EDU for 3 users||PHP625/month||400+ types of grammar checks, plagiarism checks, vocabulary enhancement tools, and other basic features|
At a glance, Grammarly plans don’t really provide huge student discounts. But try to compare each plan and its features to see which best addresses students’ needs.
Shoes and Apparel
Although education at all levels is conducted online these days, shoes and apparel are still essential, especially when conducting virtual activities.
Eligible college and university students get a 10% student discount on Nike orders. 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.
Like senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), students in the Philippines are entitled to discounts that help them save money and make their daily or weekly allowance last.
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!
-  Republic Act No. 11314 (Official Gazette, 2018)
-  How to apply for Special Discounts (Grab)
-  Special fares and extras for students (Emirates.com)
-  Passenger Acceptance and Handling For Special Discounts (Philippine Airlines)
-  Apple Authorized Education Resellers
-  Office 365 Education
-  Adobe Creative Cloud
-  Grammarly Plans
-  Does Nike Offer a Student Discount?
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