If you enjoy using Amazon for purchases, you’re probably aware of Amazon Prime. The annual membership gives you free two-day shipping, streaming video, music, and more. What you may not realize is that college students can get these benefits for 50% off during school with an Amazon Student Prime membership.
Benefits of Amazon Prime Student Membership
An Amazon Prime Student membership begins with a six-month free trial, which is far better than the usual one-month free trial with Amazon Prime. However, there are a few limitations during the trial.
During the free trial, students do not have access to Prime Music or the Kindle Lending Library. After the free trial ends, the Prime Student price of $49 per year is charged, and your student gains full access to Prime benefits.
There are also a few additional advantages to an Amazon Prime Student membership. Students get access to exclusive student-focused discounts. These deals are in categories such as school supplies, snacks, dorm furniture, and more. Students also get an unlimited referral bonus of $10 per person that they refer to Amazon Prime Student.
When a student graduates, or after four years as an Amazon Prime Student member, whichever comes first, the account will automatically upgrade to a regular Amazon Prime account at the usual price.
Summary of Amazon Prime Student Benefits:
- Free Two-Day Shipping
- Amazon Video
- Prime Photos
- Twitch Prime
- Student-exclusive deals and discounts
- Amazon Music (after free trial)
- Kindle Lending Library (after free trial)
- $10 Referral Bonus Per Person (after free trial)
How to Sign Up for Amazon Prime Student
Signing up for Amazon Prime Student is simple. You need an Amazon.com account, and you must be a student actively enrolled in at least one course at a college geographically located in one of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
You will sign up for Prime Student using a college email account that ends is .edu. You may need to provide proof of enrollment if requested. The Student account cannot be transferred or assigned, and other members of the family cannot use it to gain Prime benefits.
Will it Save You Money?
The benefits are worthwhile for many families, but the specific habits of your student will determine if you will save money with Amazon Student Prime. Here are some key questions to ask:
- Will your student want or need to pick up dorm room or school supplies online?
- Are your child’s textbooks available on Amazon? If so, you may be able to save significantly, and Amazon Prime Student can give you free shipping on a very heavy package.
- Would Prime Pantry help your student access non-perishable groceries and snacks without needing to travel to a store?
- Does your student spend money on music, movies, or video?
- Is Amazon Prime a better option than what they are currently using for music and videos? If you already have a family Spotify account or Netflix, for instance, does Prime provide the content you want at a better price?
- Does your student shop online regularly? If so, free two-day shipping can be worth the $49 annual price by itself.
It may be worthwhile to start the free trial to see if the service is beneficial. If it’s not, you can cancel and not pay anything. If it is, you can continue and enjoy the benefits.
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