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How do you get Amazon Prime Student for six months free so you can enjoy exclusive deals and offers? We’ve got the deets!
Without question, Amazon Prime Student is a bright spot for college students in a world of otherwise ridiculously high college tuition bills and a whole lot of Hot Pockets.
While it’s not going to cover the full cost of your textbooks, signing up for Amazon Prime Student can cut your Prime membership bill in half. And you’ll find a few Prime Student perks, like your first six months of Prime for free, plus some other pretty sweet benefits.
Here’s how to get Amazon Prime Student for six months at no cost, plus tips for making the most of your Prime Student membership.
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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 Amazon.com 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 to verify your student status. 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 for the first six months.
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.
3. Get free shipping, Prime Video, exclusive student deals, and more.
Your Prime Student membership (including the 6-month free trial) offers all the perks of a regular Amazon Prime membership, except Amazon Households. The following perks come with your free trial:
- Prime Delivery
- Prime Video
- Early Deal Access
- Prime Music
- Prime Reading
- Amazon Warehouse
- Prime Exclusives
- Amazon Photos
- Deals on college essentials (video games, phone cases, apparel, snacks, and groceries)
4. 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: Three months of Calm for free; after that, you’ll pay $8.99 per year (regularly $69.99 per year).
- StudentUniverse: Up to 10% off flights and hotels.
- Course Hero: One month of Course Hero for free; after that, you’ll pay $9.95 per month (regularly $39.95 per month).
- 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).
- Kindle Unlimited: Get two free months of Kindle Unlimited and enjoy unlimited listening and reading (regularly $9.99 per month).
- Amazon Music Unlimited: Upgrade from Prime Music to Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 per month to access over 75 million songs.
Related: More free stuff for college students? Yes, please!
5. If you want to share your Amazon account, you’ll have to share your login.
With a Student account, you don’t get access to Amazon Household, which means you can’t share your membership benefits the official way.
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.
6. Switch to Amazon Prime Student even if you’re already a Prime member.
Of course, you need to actually be a college student in order to do this. But you don’t have to be new to Prime.
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.
7. Enjoy your discounted Prime membership for four years or until you graduate, whichever comes first.
You get access to Amazon Student’s lower membership price for four years or until you graduate. When your time is up, your account will roll over into a regular Amazon Prime account at the end of that membership year. (You get to keep your student discount for any extra months between when your four years are up and when your membership is up.)
8. You can sign up for Amazon Student even if you’ve had it before.
Yes. If you started college and got interrupted by life and are starting again years later, you can still get Prime Student. However, you won’t get the free 6-month trial.
9. You’ll need to provide proof of your student 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.