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Amazon Offers Six Months of Free Prime Membership to Anyone 18 Through 24

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For the longest time, Amazon has offered Amazon Prime Student to students that could verify their education status with a student ID or school email. It's awesome because you could get Prime membership benefits for free for six months.

And now, new to 2024, you don't actually have to necessarily verify your student status to get this Prime Student offer. That's because Amazon is extending the offer to anyone aged 18 to 24 — no verification required. More details below!

So, listen up, college students. This is pretty big. And so are the many other Prime Student perks, like free games, schoolwork support, a free trial to Calm Premium (Amazon’s meditation app), and more. And after your trial, you’ll be paying half the regular price of Prime.

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1. Sign up for Amazon Prime Student through a special link.

To sign up for your free 6-month trial of Amazon Prime Student membership, visit the sign-up page. Create a new Amazon account or sign in with your existing Amazon Prime account.

Enter your details, including what school you attend, your name, your birthday, and your expected graduation year. You have to enter a credit card, BUT you won’t be charged until your 6-month free trial is up. Follow the remaining steps. That’s it!

Now you can start enjoying all the best Prime benefits — for free.

How much does Prime Student regularly cost?

Amazon Prime Student is $69 if you sign up for a year (this comes out to $5.75 a month), or $7.49 per month if you opt for a monthly membership. Compare this with a regular Amazon Prime Membership, which is $139 per year, or $14.99 per month. So it’s a 50% discount overall.

2. Amazon Prime is completely free for students or non-students aged 18 to 24 for six months.

a person picking up an amazon package from a basket with packages and boxes on front porch

As a student, you can get a free six months of Prime during your first year. Afterward, you can keep your Prime membership for $7.49 per month, or $69 a year.

And new to 2024, you can verify one of two ways; by age or student status. Yep, Amazon is now offering Prime Student to anyone (even non-students) aged 18 to 24. This means if you fall in this age group you can sign up for Prime Student, no student ID or school email necessary.

However, you will need to submit a driver's license, passport or other identification that proves your age.

Once you turn 25, your student subscription will automatically change over to a regular Prime Membersip on its anniversary date (at then-current rates).

You can sign up here. You cancel the trial at anytime without penalty.

3. If you're over 24, you’ll need to provide proof of your student status.

college student outside holding student id

You will have to verify your student status if you:

  • Are 25 or older

  • You elected to sign up with school status

To verify your status as a student, Amazon will send a link to your .edu address so that you can click through and show the account is still active.

You don’t need to use your .edu address for your Amazon orders, though — you can enter a Gmail account or the like — but your .edu still needs to be active.

Additionally, you may need to present one or more of the following forms of documentation. Even without an .edu address, you’ll still qualify for Prime Student if you can produce the documentation for your classes.

  • Your student ID (showing the current term or expiration date). A student number alone won’t work.

  • Your transcript or class list with your name and the school’s name. It must be the current term.

  • Your tuition bill for the current term. It must have your name and the school’s name listed.

  • An acceptance letter for the upcoming term, with matriculation date.

If your documentation doesn’t meet these criteria, Amazon will automatically upgrade you to a regular Prime membership.

4. Get free shipping, Prime Video, exclusive student deals, and more.

5. Take advantage of limited-time Prime Student Exclusive offers.

College students with a Prime Student account can get these deals for a limited time:

  • Grubhub+ Student: Free unlimited food delivery on off-campus orders over $12 and order discounts for one year.

  • Calm Premium: Three months of Calm (Amazon’s meditation app) for free; after that, you’ll pay $8.99 per year (regularly $69.99 per year).

  • Course Hero: One month of Course Hero for free; after that, you’ll pay $9.95 per month (regularly $24.95 per month). This gives students access to 24/7 schoolwork support, including study guides, textbook explanations, and practice problems.

  • Prime Video Channels: Get channels like Showtime, Lifetime Movie Club, Allblk, Shudder, and more for $0.99 per month each for up to 12 months (regularly $3.99 to $10.99 per month).

  • StudentUniverse: Student members get up to 10% off already discounted flights, plus10% back on hotels as an Amazon Gift Card post trip. They also get free access to premium customer support with every booking.

  • Kindle Unlimited: Get two free months of Kindle Unlimited and enjoy unlimited listening and reading (regularly $9.99 per month). Students can also borrow up to 20 books at a time from a collection of over 4 million titles.

  • Amazon Music Unlimited: Upgrade from Prime Music to Amazon Music Unlimited for $5.99 per month to access over 100 million songs and podcasts.

  • Prime Gaming: Prime Student members can take advantage of free PC games, (free Twitch channel subscription for 1 month), and access to exclusive gaming content.

Related: More free stuff for college students? Yes, please!

6. If you want to share your Amazon account, you’ll have to share your login.

a woman and her son looking at an iPad while sitting on a couch

Of course, you can always share your Amazon account the “alternative” way. Just give your login info to your family members so they can use your Prime membership benefits. Amazon can’t police this, but be sure everyone double-checks before placing orders so credit cards and addresses don’t get mixed up.

7. Switch to Amazon Prime Student even if you’re already a Prime member.

Sign up for Prime Student, and once you qualify, you’ll get a refund for the remaining months of your regular Prime membership. This will begin your free six months of Prime, too. After six months, you’ll be billed the regular student rate, as mentioned in Tip #1.

8. Enjoy your discounted Prime membership for four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first.

Woman in drivers seat of car, wearing a gradation cap and gown, holding two thumbs up.

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