From Amazon Family to Prime Pantry to AmazonFresh, there are more than a few loyalty programs out there designed to attract (and retain) Prime members. Hidden in that list is Prime Student, which comes with some major benefits for budget-conscious college students.
Is it worth it? We’ll let you be the judge. Here’s everything you need to know about the student spin on Amazon Prime.
What Is Prime Student?
Prime Student is basically a discounted version of Amazon Prime available to any college student who:
- Has an Amazon account
- Is actively enrolled in at least one course in the United States, Puerto Rico or Washington D.C.
- Can prove enrollment and has a valid .edu email address
Students who meet the qualifications get all the perks of Prime for half the price –$49 per year instead of the regular $99. If you’re ordering new textbooks and school supplies every semester or stocking up your dorm room, the unlimited free two-day shipping could pay for itself pretty quickly. The program also boasts exclusive member-only deals. More on that in a minute.
Six-Month Free Trial Period
While regular Prime memberships come with a 30-day free trial period, Prime Student doles out half a year at no cost. Once the six-month trial expires, the $49 annual fee will be applied. You’ll just need to be mindful of when your membership ends, which either happens when you graduate OR when you complete your fourth year of Prime Student — whichever comes first. After that, your membership will automatically renew as a full-priced Amazon Prime subscription.
One notable aspect of the trial period is that you’re ineligible for Prime Music during that time, so you’ll have to wait until you start paying that $49 annual fee before you get access to Amazon’s music library.
Exclusive Student-Only Deals
Amazon paints Prime Student as a money-saver, thanks to its exclusive deals for college students. Think 20% off pre-order and newly released video games, along with decent mark-downs on electronics and some groceries. We checked them out, and some offers definitely translate to significant savings. (Others are just okay.) This deal for a few hundred off Microsoft Surface bundles caught our attention right away:
Amazon Student also opens the door for special sweepstakes and giveaways, which are promoted via social media. For example, we came across this chance to win a free tent on their Instagram feed:
Reduced Student Loan Interest Rates
If you’re planning on taking out a student loan through Wells Fargo, you may want to perk up. The bank teamed up with Amazon, and recently announced a joint partnership that shells out a 0.50% interest rate reduction to Prime Student members who apply for a Wells Fargo private student loan. Plus, you can combine this reduction with any other interest rate reductions offered through various Wells Fargo programs.
Prime Video Is Included
Access to Prime Video is easily one of the biggest perks of joining the program. With it, you can stream thousands of TV shows and movies on virtually any device. What’s more, Amazon also offers 30 subscription add-ons, including Showtime and Starz, at discounted prices. Students interested in cutting the cable cord might be in for some extra savings here.
Unlimited Photo Storage
A Prime Student membership will also buy you limitless space in Amazon Photo. This little extra means secure photo storage via Amazon Drive. Your pictures will backup automatically and are easily accessible via your phone, tablet or computer. If you’re constantly getting alerts that you’re running out of space on your phone, this perk could be a game changer.
Amazon Will Pay You to Refer Your Friends
This perk isn’t all that huge, but free money is always worth mentioning. If you refer a friend to sign up for a Prime Student trial, you’ll get a $5 credit in your Amazon account. Just be sure to refer them using one of these three approved methods: sharing a personal invitation link on social media, inviting them on Facebook, or using Amazon’s invitation email form.
You Might Be Able to Share Your Benefits
Technically, you’re not allowed to share your Prime Student benefits with anyone else, but we came across a little loophole. According to Amazon, if you’re making the switch from regular Prime to Prime Student — and you’re the primary membership holder — then you can continue sharing your benefits with people you’re already sharing with.
So what do you think; is Prime Student worth it? Let us know in the comments below! For more insider hacks on maximizing your regular Prime benefits, check out this story.
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