If you’re a college student that shops on Amazon well, you might as well just look into what you stand to gain with Amazon Prime student membership. I mean, its okay to get your items early after placing an order and its even better to no pay for shipping fee.

So, what is Amazon Prime student, what are its benefits and how can you become a member? Let’s start with the first question, what is “Amazon Prime Student.”

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What is Amazon Prime Student

Amazon Prime Student is a membership program on Amazon designed for college students. Its aim is to get students to shop with ease, have access to early discount deals and free shipping. This is the more affordable version of Amazon Prime while enjoying similar benefits.

If you frequently buy stuffs from Amazon and use – or are interested in using – its other online services, then you will definitely benefit from Amazon Prime Student. The membership also gives students access to exclusive deals on Amazon Prime Day and access to Amazon’s Off-to-College store.

  • Not a Prime Student member? You can sign up for a 6-month trial 
  • Prime Student subscribers can save $7 per month on Prime Music Unlimited, the full-featured upgraded version of Prime Music.

Even though Amazon raised the annual cost to $59 (monthly membership also jumped to $6.49) which is like half the price of the regular Amazon Prime Members, the service is still very necessary.

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Also, students get a free six-month trial, which is substantially longer than the 30-day trial standard Prime members receive. Below are some of the benefits of Amazon Prime Student.

Benefits of Amazon Prime Student
  • Prime Now: Free 2-hour delivery (and discounted 1-hour delivery) for tens of thousands of products from local stores (including Whole Foods) in select cities, using a special Android or iOS app.
  • Prime Photos: Unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
  • Prime Pantry: Low-priced grocery, household and pet care items delivered for a flat fee of $5.99 for each Prime Pantry virtual box (up to 45 pounds of goods).
  • Video game discounts: Get a $10 credit on select pre-orders.
  • Prime Early Access: 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on Amazon.com and new sales on MyHabit.com.
  • Kindle First: Free access (before the official release date) to a new book from Kindle First picks each month.
  • Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: Hundreds of thousands of Amazon’s Kindle e-books are available for a free one-month checkout. (Note: This perk is not available to Amazon Student members during the six-month free trial.)
  • Prime Instant Video: Unlimited streaming of tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes, including Amazon’s original shows and older HBO content. (Note: This is not available to Amazon Student members during the six-month free trial.)
  • Prime Music: Unlimited, ad-free access to more than 1.5 million songs. Users can stream on demand or allow Amazon to select songs based on their taste (as with Pandora). Students can also get Amazon Music free on an Echo. (Note: This is not available to Amazon Student members during the six-month free trial.)

How much does Amazon Prime Student cost?

Amazon Student costs $59 yearly or $6.49 monthly, after a free (limited) six-month trial period. Verified students (you need to have an .edu email address) are eligible for four years or until graduation — whichever comes first.

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After that, the membership will auto-renew itself at $119 yearly (which means you are no longer student and you are subscribed to the regular Amazon Prime).

For students who live in the following region, the must pay tax on the membership; Arizona, California, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia or Wisconsin.

Are there other special benefits for students?

Amazon Student has a referral program that pays $5 to both the student being referred and the student who refers them. There are requirements for how you deliver the invite to a fellow student, by sharing a link on social media or by using Amazon’s email form to send the invite. Other benefits are listed above.

How can I sign up for Amazon Student?

If you don’t have an Amazon account, start by setting one up a student account Here. It’s free, but you will have to register a credit card so that Amazon has a way to charge you for purchases.

You’ll also have to verify that you are a student. A college-issued email address ending in .edu qualifies you. (It’s just for receiving a confirmation email from Amazon and doesn’t have to be the address you use for your Amazon account).

Otherwise, you’ll have to email Amazon a scan of a document proving you are a student, such as a transcript or a student ID. Amazon.com explains the details. Use the help section or contact Amazon customer care rep.

If for some reasons during the trial period you decide that Amazon Student is not worth paying for, just go to your Amazon Account (must be before trial ends else you’ll be charged by Amazon), select manage Prime membership and click Do Not Continue.

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