How to get Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad for $309

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You don't have to be a student to get the new iPad for $309.
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Apple unveiled its cheapest 9.7-inch iPad ever today, only there’s a catch: it’s only the cheapest iPad ever if you meet certain qualifications

Most normal customer won’t qualify for the special $309 price tag and will have to shell out $329 for the Apple Pencil-supported iPad. However, there are still ways to qualify even if you’re not a student.

Apple is reserving the $299 price tag for schools purchasing the new iPad in bulk, yet the $309 option isn’t even advertised in Apple’s main store. You can only see it by visiting the Education section.

Individual education pricing is limited to the following:

  • College students
  • Students accepted to college
  • Parents buying for college students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Homeschool teachers

It’s pretty easy to prove that you’re a student, or teacher. Proving you’re a parent buying for a college student can be a bit trickier. Good news is, Apple doesn’t really require any proof for that. It’s all done on the honor system.

Anyone can go to Apple’s Educational store and buy the new iPad for $309 if they really want to.

You’re limited to only purchasing three iPads per year at the special price, but you don’t have to provide any proof upfront of your educational credentials if you live in the U.S. Shoppers in the U.K. will have to provide their school email address for verification. So if you’re a student or working in the educational field, all you have to do is go through the store like a normal order and it’ll be shipped out to you.