As some of you know, Apple offers discounts for some of its products to students or teachers. However, users never really needed to show proof that they were students, all they really needed was an email address from a college/university. This meant that even though you might have graduated 5 years ago, as long as your email address is active, you could take advantage of this.
However, it looks like that loophole has since been closed and now Apple will require that customers who are looking to take advantage of the education discount will now have to verify their eligibility. This will take customers to UniDays, a third-party website that handles verification, before users can complete their purchase.
It is unclear when this change came into effect as it was not announced by Apple, but noticed by users on Reddit. However, it has been pointed out that it seems to be very recent because those changes were not put into place during the holiday shopping season of 2021, meaning that it could have been early this year that the changes were implemented.
To be fair, Apple only offers these discounts to students and teachers so if you’re technically neither, then you shouldn’t have been able to take advantage of it in the first place. The fact that Apple allowed this loophole to be exploited for so long is actually kind of amazing.