Apple is now making it more difficult for customers in the United States to access its education discounts for products by requiring that customers verify they’re active students, teachers, or staff.

Previously, little verification was needed for customers to purchase products through Apple’s education store in the United States. Apple’s education stores offer models of the iPad and Mac at reduced price points, making them more affordable to students, teachers, and staff who will use them for education purposes.

As the store was accessible to all, some customers may have used it even if they weren’t an education customer, which likely led Apple to implement tighter rules for its U.S. store.

As spotted on Reddit, Apple in the United States now requires that current students, teachers, and staff members verify their eligibility for education discounts through UNiDAYS. UNiDAYS is a website specialized in providing education customers with discounts for products and services by confirming their enrollment in an educational institution.

Apple had previously implemented the same approach to its education store in other countries, such as India and the United Kingdom. At the time of writing, Apple’s Canadian education store remains open, with customers able to purchase discounted products without the need to verify eligibility through UNiDAYS.

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