August 7, 2013 3:48 pm

Best Back to School Offers for Students

Fall is just around the corner, which means this is the time to stock up on all of your back to school supplies. To help students (and parents!) search for the best deals, we have rounded up the hottest offers from our retail partners (in the U.S.), some including gift cards and free copies of Office 365 University.

Best Buy:

Save $100 on the Surface Pro, and students who use their .edu email address to register on will receive 10% off select touch-screen All-in-One computers, and Free Microsoft Office 365 University and 16GB Flash Drive when you buy any eligible Windows 8 touch PC, plus free shipping.

Read about Windows Stores Only at Best Buy launching throughout August and September, just in time for the back-to-school shopping season.

Staples (June 23rd – September 7th, 2013):

Free Microsoft Office 365 University with the purchase any eligible Windows 8 touch laptop purchase.

Office Max (July14th – September 7th, 2013):

Receive a free copy of Office 365 University with the purchase of any touch PC larger than 12 inches.

Fry’s (August 1st – August 31st, 2013):

Free Office 365 University with the purchase of an eligible laptop PC.

Wal-Mart (July 14th – September 15th, 2013):

Receive a $50 gift card with the purchase of any touch screen PC larger than 12 inches.

Don’t forget to crowd source your next PC with Windows Chip In!

At the Windows Chip In website, Windows and Office are helping students crowd source their next PC. Through September 1st, 2013, students with a valid .edu email address can crowd source funds to help them purchase a PC of their choosing from the Microsoft Store catalogue of devices. To help get them started, Windows will “chip in” the first 10% of the cost of the PC. For example, if the PC costs $700, you would get $70 from Windows. Then, when a student fully funds the cost of a PC, we will include Office 365 University at no additional charge.

Here’s how it works:

  • Go to
  • Pick out the PC you’d like to help get funding for
  • Create an account
  • Ask friends and family to “chip In”
  • Fund and take home a brand new Windows PC or Tablet + Office 365 University

For full terms and conditions, please click here. For questions and FAQs on the program, please click here.

Updated November 7, 2014 7:15 pm