How do you get a .edu email address without having access to a .edu address?
As you know there are specials and offers that are available to those with valid .edu email addresses.
So can you get a .edu email that validates?
.EDU domain names are regulated through EduCause. Only schools can use them. Similar to .mil address for military.
Special top level domains like that are designated for a purpose and aren’t used outside that scope.