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FREE Educator Discount Card from Barnes and Noble




Homeschool Teacher Discount Cards with Barnes & Noble

As a homeschooling parent I frequently purchase workbooks, books, study aides and more as part of our children’s education.   Curriculum is expensive, especially when purchasing for several kids.  We order a lot of our materials from Amazon, however, we still purchase enough materials from our local Barnes and Noble store. For study guides and other books, I often want to browse the selection in person.  A while back I  stumbled upon the Barnes and Noble Educator Discount card while visiting our nearby store and always one for a sale, I immediately signed up.

What is the Barnes & Noble Education Discount Card?

Barnes & Noble offers an Educator Discount card for teachers, including homeschooling teaching parents, allowing them a 20% discount on most educational purchases.  Card holders may also receive 25% off Publisher’s List Books during Education Appreciation Days along with other e-mail promotional specials.

Who is eligible?

If you are a homeschooling parent (or an educator at a public or private school) teaching pre-K through grade 12 you are eligible for the card.

How do I apply for the card?

You may apply for the card at a Barnes and Noble store.  The application can not be completed online.

Are there any Fees Associated with the Barnes and Noble Educator Card?

The Barnes and Noble Educator Card is completely free for those that are eligible.  There are no application or annual fees.

What Proof do I need?

If you are a public or private classroom teacher, you will need a valid school ID or pay stub.  For homeschooling parents, you will need to provide a copy of your Letter of Intent or your current HSLDA membership card, names and grades of children currently homeschooled, a completed application with your address and a valid photo ID.  Despite teaching in public schools for years, I only recently obtained a Barnes and Noble Educator’s Card using my current HSLDA member ID along with the completed  application and my driver’s license.

What Purchases May I use with My Barnes and Noble Educator Discount Card?

You may use your card to purchase workbooks, textbooks, study aides, educational toys, games and more as long as it is related to your child’s education.  Some exclusions apply including:  “Café items; Music; DVDs; Blu-ray Discs; Gift Cards; eGift cards; periodicals; textbooks; digital content (including but not limited to eBooks, digital magazines, and periodicals); NOOK® or NOOK related accessories; other hardware and electronics; software; Rosetta Stone product; downloadable audiobooks in MP3 or any other format; products or services provided online at via Barnes & Noble BookQuest LLC.” ( and noble examples

May I Combine Other Discounts and Promotions with the Educator’s Card?

The B&N Educator’s Discount Card cannot be combined with other coupons or membership discounts.

Does My Card Expire? 

Your educational discount card is good for two years from activation.  After two years you may renew if you qualify (same qualifications as previously stated).

How Long Does it Take to Receive My Card?

Once approved you receive your card immediately.  Mine took only a few minutes to process and a short while later I used it to purchase a stack of Kumon books, a Peterson’s Egghead Vocabulary Study Guide and a few picture books.

Is there a Limit to the Number of Purchases I May Use with this Card? 

As of this writing there is no limit as long as it follows the above guidelines.

I hope this information helps with some of your future educational purchases.   Happy reading, teaching and studying…

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