Apple backtracks and no longer requires UNiDAYS verification for US Education Store

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Earlier this week, Apple rolled out tougher verification requirements for its US online education store after previously not requiring any kind of verification. A few days later, however, Apple appears to have reversed that decision and no longer requires eligibility verification, but the stricter purchase quantity limits remain.

Similar to Apple Music student plan verification, Apple began using UNiDAYS for verification through the Apple Education Store on Wednesday. That meant shoppers had to check their eligibility using UNiDAYS to get the 10% discount on iPads, Macs and accessories. After years of Apple not requiring any sort of verification for Apple Education Store purchases (in the US), this was a major change.

At some point on Friday, however, Apple appears to have reversed that decision and completely removed the UNiDAYS verification prompt from the Apple Education Store in the United States. This means that, for now, anyone can make a purchase through the Apple Education Store and receive the discount.

Apple’s stricter purchase limits remain in effect, however:

  • Desktop Computer: One (1) may be purchased per year
  • Mac mini: one (1) can be purchased per year
  • Notebook: One (1) can be purchased per year
  • iPad: Two (2) can be purchased per year
  • Accessories: two (2) educationally priced accessories can be purchased per year

This change of direction was first spotted by users on Reddit earlier today. 9to5Mac has contacted Apple for confirmation.

The 9to5Mac take

We have heard a number of 9to5Mac readers over the past few days who have had issues with the UNiDAYS verification system implemented through the Apple Education Store. In particular, faculty and staff seemed unable to complete the verification process.

As a reminder, here’s who Apple says it is technically Eligible to make purchases from the Apple Education Store:

  • K12 – Any employee of a public or private K-12 school in the United States is eligible, including homeschoolers. In addition, school board members who are currently elected or appointed are eligible. PTA or PTO officers currently serving as elected or appointed officers are eligible.
  • Higher Education – Faculty and staff of higher education institutions in the United States; and students attending or accepted into an institution of higher education in the United States are eligible for purchase. Purchases made from the Apple Store for Education Individuals are not for institutional purchase or resale.
  • Higher Education Parents – Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a currently enrolled or accepted student at a public or private institution of higher education in the United States, are eligible to purchase.

These definitions are quite broad, so it’s possible that Apple and UNiDAYS may have had issues trying to verify everyone who technically meets one of the requirements.

It’s unclear if Apple will ever bring the verification process back to the Education Store. But for now, everyone’s favorite way to get a discount on a new Apple gadget is back.

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