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College Is Expensive, but These Retailers Offer Student Discounts

College is expensive. But many national retailers, media organizations and Insurers and other businesses are trying to help out. For students who have a valid college ID or college email address, there are some great opportunities for big savings.

Students should always ask retailers, museums and fast food places if they offer discounts, because sometimes those are not posted. Here's a partial list of places where being a student can get you a deal:

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Clothing

ASOS: 10 percent off this British online fashion and beauty retailer.

Club Monaco: 20 percent off regular and sale-priced items in any Club Monaco store and online.

The Limited: 15 percent off in stores.

Topshop: 10 percent off Topshop apparel in stores and online.

J. Crew: 15 percent off in-store purchases for men and women.

Ann Taylor's Style for Students: 15 percent discount on full-price purchases made either online or in-store. Great looks for internships for women.

Banana Republic: 15 percent off full-priced in-store purchases for first jobs for women and men.

Dockers.com: 20 percent off for iconic khakis online.

Madewell:15 percent off in-store purchases for this trendy cousin of J. Crew.

Brooks Brothers: 15 percent student discount in stores with valid college ID or college acceptance letter.

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Technology

Adobe - Creative Cloud: 60 percent off the regular monthly price for "all the apps you need for any creative field you want to explore."

Amazon Student: The free six-month trial gives students 2-day free shipping, video streaming and much more.

Apple: Students can save up to $200 on a new Mac and up to $20 on a new iPad.

Dell University: Get 4 percent off PCs and tablets and 10 percent off Dell electronics and accessories.

Microsoft: 10 percent off, plus other offers on software and hardware.

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Transportation and insurance

General Motors: Special discounted price that's below the MSRP that can be applied to the purchase or lease of eligible new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles.

Amtrak: Sign up for a Student Advantage Card for 10 percent off.

ShortLine/Coach USA Every day of the week students at certain colleges can get a 15 percent discount on a Short Line bus ticket originating in or going to the college city or town shown on their ID.

Eurail - Students 25 or under can get 35 percent off travel in Europe.

Allstate: Single, full-time students under the age of 25 can save up to 20 percent for getting good grades.

Geico: Good student discount with a B average or better.

Esurance: Full-time high school, college, or university students under 25 years old with at least a 3.0 GPA (or a "B" average, if your scale is different) can earn discounts.

Liberty Mutual: Students who are under the age of 25 and achieve at least a B average get special savings on car insurance.

State Farm: Students can save up to 25 percent when they get good grades up to age 25.

Travelers: Students with good grades may qualify for a discount of up to 8 percent.

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Entertainment

Movie theaters: Check local chains for deals at the box office.

Museums and cultural institutions: ask at the box office for deals like at Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall.

Fast food

Some chains offer discounts or free food or sides.

Media

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times offer an education rate for students. Spotify Premium also gives 50 percent off for students.

Lisa Heffernan is a writer and cofounder of Grown and Flown, a site for parents of 15 to 25-year-olds.