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Teachers and College Students Can Avail Target’s 20% Discount During Back-To-School Season

Target will be hosting the Target Circle Teacher Appreciation and Target Circle College Student Appreciation events from July 16 to August 26, 2023.
UPDATED JAN 22, 2024
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Teachers and college students in Texas have something to look forward to as the back-to-school season approaches. Target, one of the leading retail giants, has announced its plans to launch appreciation events for educators and students during this busy shopping period. From July 16 to August 26, 2023, Target will be hosting the Target Circle Teacher Appreciation and Target Circle College Student Appreciation events, allowing participants to enjoy a generous 20% discount on their entire shopping trip, whether in-store or online. This discount marks an expansion of Target's previous teacher appreciation events, which only offered discounts on school supplies.

To take advantage of these discounts, teachers in various educational settings, including K-12, homeschools, daycares, early childhood learning centers, vocational/trade/technical schools as well as university and college professors, need to present valid identification. College students must show valid student identification. Furthermore, all participants must be enrolled in Target Circle, the retailer's free loyalty program to be eligible for the 20% discount.

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Brett Sayles
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In addition to the appreciation events, Target has launched its Target Circle Week, which is being billed as the retailer's biggest sale of the season. The discounts apply to a wide range of products, including food and beverages, beauty items, everyday essentials, electronics, and more. This provides an opportunity for shoppers to not only stock up on school supplies but also take advantage of the discounted prices on other essential items.

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Jill Sando, Target's executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, expressed enthusiasm about the back-to-school and back-to-college assortment, highlighting the affordability and variety of products available. From trendy outfits by Cat & Jack to functional dorm décor from Room Essentials, Target aims to cater to students from pre-K through college. The store offers supplies from its brand, Mondo Llama as well as top national brands, ensuring that students can start the school year in style without breaking the bank. Target's decision to expand the 20% teacher discount to cover the entire store and online purchases is a significant move that demonstrates the company's commitment to supporting educators.


In addition to the Target discounts, teachers and students in Texas can take advantage of the upcoming sales tax holiday from August 11 to 13, 2023. During this period, certain items, such as clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks, can be purchased without sales tax. This temporary exemption provides an additional opportunity for individuals to save money as they prepare for the new school year.

To enhance the shopping experience, Target provides convenient options and tools for customers. The School List Assist and College Registry checklist tools, available on and the Target app, allow guests to access their classroom supply lists or college registries easily. With a few simple clicks, shoppers can find and purchase everything they need.

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Guests can choose to shop at Target stores, on, or utilize the retailer's fulfillment services for quick and hassle-free shopping. Drive Up and Order Pickup services enable customers to collect their purchases within two hours, with no minimum purchase requirement or membership fee. For added convenience, Same-Day Delivery through Shipt can deliver items to their doorstep in as little as an hour.

Target's history of supporting educators and students goes beyond its back-to-school events. Over the years, the company has established itself as a proponent of education, consistently offering discounts and incentives to those in the academic community. By expanding the teacher discount to include the entire store and online purchases, Target demonstrates its recognition of the diverse needs of educators and their classrooms. This commitment to affordability and value has made Target a go-to destination for teachers and students alike during the back-to-school season.