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.edu email addresses give you access to discounts on all kinds of things including software, tickets, and online services. Normally you have to be a student to access those perks, but there are a few ways to get it for free:
California Colleges homepage
California Colleges is a state website that provides information to students to help them discover more about California schools. They happen to also give free email addresses!
South Mountain Community College homepage
South Mountain Community College is a large school based in Phoenix, Arizona. Check them out and sign up for their free email account.
Once you have your edu email adress here are some of the awesome things you can do with an .edu email address:
• Free 1 year membership to Amazon Prime for Students. www.amazon.com/gp/student/signup/info
• Free Microsoft software through Dreamspark https://www.dreamspark.com/
• Free Prezi upgrade
• Free AutoCad
• Discounts on Adobe software
• Double space allocation for Dropbox referrals