Mac4Ever is reporting that Apple has confirmed that the Apple on Campus program, allowing students to buy significantly discounted Macs and accessories via their college, is no longer available in either Belgium or Switzerland. The confirmation was provided in a one-line response by Apple Switzerland.
Yes, Apple on Campus was stopped. However, the Apple Education Store discounts are obviously still valid …
The discounts available through the Apple Education Store are lower than those available when buying through the Apple on Campus program.
It had earlier been thought that the decision might just relate to specific colleges, but now appears to apply throughout the two countries. One specific program in Switzerland, known as Neptune, is continuing for now, but its future is uncertain.
Apple has always been proud of its involvement in education, last month rolling out its new volume purchasing program for iOS apps to 16 more countries – including both Belgium and Switzerland – so the decision seems an odd one. We’ll update with any further information as we get it.
Back in the U.S., a plan to provide every student in a school district with an iPad has been suspended and appears likely to be abandoned.