My OS is eating through my budget.
I'm a college student.
Can I get a big discount or Windows OS for free? If so, how?
Check if your school gives student discounts. Usually colleges or being affiliated with certain colleges will be able to net you a huge discount on windows products(Including OS's) through the Dreamspark program.
Various websites offer free and/or heavily discounted software to students, including Windows. Could Google it as they tend to give you the option to search for your school/college/university to see if you would be eligible.
check with your school. they will either have it free, discounted, or know where it can be found cheap. Microsoft and many others also sell with discounts to those who can verify they are students at certain schools.