What is Amazon Prime Student?

Eligible students get Prime for about half price

Amazon Prime includes many benefits, but the price tag might be steep for some college students. However, the Amazon Prime Student plan costs only half as much, which makes using Amazon Prime much more affordable.

Who Is Eligible for Amazon Prime Student?

If you want to use Amazon Prime Student, you must be enrolled in a college or school for higher education and have an .edu email address or other documentation to prove your enrollment.

How Much Is Prime Student?

Amazon’s Prime Student is available as a free 6-month trial, after which you can opt to get the service for $69 a year, the equivalent of $5.75 per month. If you pay by the month, the charge is $7.49.

It's a substantial saving over the regular Amazon Prime account. A standard non-student Prime account costs $139 per year or $14.99 per month.

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If you have an Amazon Prime account and then sign up for Amazon Prime Student, Amazon refunds the money you paid for the remainder of your existing subscription before enrolling you in the student version of the program.

Students in Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin also have to pay tax on their membership.

Difference Between Student and Regular Amazon Prime Accounts

With both accounts, you get free two-day shipping on eligible items, unlimited movies and TV shows, unlimited reading on any device, unlimited photo storage, and free same-day delivery in some areas.

The most significant difference between a Prime Student account and a traditional Prime account is its unlimited music streaming. Prime Student accounts can add unlimited music streaming via Amazon Music Unlimited for a small fee. Regular Prime members get access to 2 million songs ad-free.

A huge perk for Amazon Prime students is buying new or used textbooks from Amazon and saving up to 80 percent. You can also rent textbooks from Amazon.

You can't share a Prime Student account with friends and family. This one is just for you.

Amazon Student Exclusive Offers

An Amazon Student account includes exclusive services and offers that change periodically; currently, they are:

  • Six months of free LinkedIn Premium to help soon-to-be graduates find jobs and help undergrads find internships
  • Showtime movies and shows for only $0.99 per month for up to a year
  • Kindle Unlimited free 2-month trial with over a million titles
  • Free Grub Hub food delivery in some areas
  • Special deals for students on college-specific items

How Many Times Can You Enroll?

You can enroll in Amazon Prime Student for up to four years. So, if getting your degree takes eight years, you’ll only be able to take advantage of the Prime Student discount for four of those.

You need a .edu email address to sign up, and you have to tell Amazon your expected graduation year. If you don’t have a .edu email address for some reason, Amazon accepts the following forms of identification via email:

  • A student ID that displays the current term or expiration date. A student ID number alone is not sufficient.
  • Your transcript or class list for the current term with your name and your school’s name on it.
  • Your tuition bill for the current term with your name and your school’s name on the bill.
  • An official acceptance letter for the upcoming term (must include matriculation date).

At the end of your four years, Amazon automatically transitions you to a traditional Amazon Prime account.

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