Amazon Student: VIP Perks for Students

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As the largest and most resourceful online store of all, with an inventory of products that is exceptionally diverse and ever-expanding, Amazon.com is in a league of its own. If it falls within the broad category of a consumer product, chances are you’ll find it on Amazon.com – and most likely at the cheapest price anyone can offer.

Anyone with a student budget likes to find a good deal at a great price and with the new school year about to start, Amazon.com is promoting a special version of its wildly popular Amazon Prime package. The cool thing about this version is that it caters to students for only $49. That’s half of the regular Amazon Prime membership currently priced at $99.

There are some restrictions and caveats, though, so here is an overview of how the program works, who can qualify for it, and a roundup of the main benefits.

Free Trial & Transition to Amazon Prime

  • The Amazon Student program is offered at half the normal price.
  • If you accept a free trial offer for Amazon Student, during that free introductory timeframe you will not be eligible for the full menu of benefits.
  • The benefits that are not included during the free period include the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, Prime Instant Video and Prime Music. You will, however, be entitled to free 2-day shipping on all eligible products, with no minimum purchase requirement.
  • At the end of your free introductory period (which is currently six months) your membership will automatically upgrade to an annual Amazon Prime membership and you will be charged $49 a year for that service.
  • The only difference between Amazon Student membership and the regular $99 version is that under the student program for $49 you can’t share your membership benefits with any other Amazon.com account. Roommates or family members, for example, won’t be able to use your Amazon Student perks.
  • After graduation your Amazon Prime benefits will renew at the full price (which is currently $99 a year)

Membership Eligibility and Conditions

To verify that you are a student, you will need to provide Amazon.com with your college or university email address, which usually ends in “.Edu.” If you don’t have that kind of email address you can confirm your student status by emailing a scanned photo, or sending a screenshot of one of the following:

  • Your student ID displaying the current term or expiration date
  • 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 it
  • An official acceptance letter for the upcoming term

Other Important Information

  • The free 2-day shipping is not available on each and every product sold on Amazon.com, but all items that are eligible for Prime will be designated as such.
  • It is also important to understand that this is not an Amazon credit card. Instead, it is a customer benefits package offered to students who have an account at Amazon.com.
  • For additional information on changes and updates, click here.

If you’re not a student, but would like to become an Amazon Prime member at a cheaper rate, check out this article by PCMag.com.

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