Story by Hayleigh Syens
One may think that the only purpose of the Drake student ID card is to perpetually embarrass its owner. To do anything on campus, a student must present or swipe his or her ID, displaying the awkward photo taken at orientation for all to see. However, the ID has another more obscure purpose: saving students money.
According to Gift Card Granny, a website that features a money-saving blog, there are many companies that offer discounts to students who have a valid ID.
These companies can range from clothing brands and movie theaters to car and cell phone companies, although the discounts are not always highly publicized.
“I’ve never really used them because I don’t know about them. I need a compiled list of discounts, and then maybe I would take advantage of them,” said Jordan Beard, 19, a sophomore marketing and management double major.
Stores like J. Crew and Banana Republic offer 15 percent off regularly priced merchandise in-store with a valid school ID. The Banana Republic offer extends to teachers as well.
Ann Taylor and Kenneth Cole offer 20 percent off. General Motors will give discounts on new GMC, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles to current college students and recent college graduates who have graduated within the past two years.
For students who enjoy buying in bulk, Sam’s Club offers a special collegiate membership. Signing up or renewing a membership gets a student a $15 Sam’s Club gift card right off the bat and various other offers.
“We’re in college, and we don’t make money going to school, so it’s nice that companies are trying to give us a break,” said sophomore Shannon White, a biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology major. “I just wish that they made their discounts more obvious, so more people could use them.”
Along with a Drake student ID, a Drake email address can help students save money.
Many online sites give students with an .edu email address discounts or special access. Use of an .edu email address will get a student 75 percent off of regular Wall Street Journal rates.
For a limited time, there is even more of a discount where new subscribers only have to pay $12 for the first 12 weeks.
There are also websites specifically geared towards extending discounts to students, such as Sumpto. Simply enter a school email address to become a member.
Interacting with Sumpto on various social media will raise a member’s “Sumpto score, ” which can lead to greater discounts on the rewards.
Rewards change weekly, and past rewards have ranged from discounts on sunglasses to free energy drinks.
While these are certainly not all of the companies that offer discounts, many do not, which can be disappointing to some students.
“I definitely wish more major companies offered student discounts. I would really like it if there was more variety,” White said.
Hopefully, more companies will catch on to the trend of student discounts and start rewarding college students with discounts on their products.
Until then, there are at least 82 opportunities to use being a student to avoid paying full price for something.