Registrar gives free .me domains to students with .edu email addresses.

Domain registrar Namecheap has now given away a half million free .me domain names to students as part of its Namecheap for Education program, the company announced this week.

The program, started in 2014, offers students, educators, and others with a .edu email address in North America, the UK, and Australia a free .me domain name for a year. At various times, the program has also thrown in free online tools.

Namecheap reported it had given away 200,000 names by February of 2019, so it seems to be giving away around 75,000 domains per year in recent years.

The registrar says the program has been integrated into the curriculum of several high school and college computer science classes.

Many technology companies (e.g., Apple, Microsoft) offer student discounts as a way to introduce young people to their products and make them lifelong customers. This is a smart giveaway for Namecheap to attract new customers when they register their first domain.

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