Score Extra Savings With Amazon Student Prime

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Whether you are stocking up on ramen or buying textbooks for next semester, Amazon Prime Student is a great way to rack up savings with exclusive deals with 2-day shipping. Did I mention they offer a 6-month free trial?

Shop Smart

We all have to go shopping, but some of us just can’t resist throwing lots of extras into the cart when shopping in a brick and mortar store. Even when we’re shopping snipers, impulse buys are hard to resist. found:

“Nearly 8 in 10 (79 percent) made most of their impulse purchases in a store. While many of us rely on our mobile devices, only 6 percent made the most spontaneous buys on a smartphone or tablet.”

Part of what makes shopping online a money-saving strategy is that it cuts down on impulse buys. You aren’t browsing aisle after aisle of tempting things. You put what you need into your digital buggy, and check out.

Because Amazon sells almost anything, it’s an excellent way to save money while still buying what you need. When you join Amazon Student Prime or Amazon Prime, you can save even more.

Amazon Student Prime

If you are enrolled in any college or university and have a .edu email address, you can join Amazon Student Prime. If you are already a Prime member, you can switch your account to Student Prime. Just go to the Student Prime sign up and register. Once Amazon verifies your account, you will receive a refund for the price difference.

amazon studen prime benfits

There is a free six month trial period for Amazon Student Prime. If you wish to continue, the cost is $49 per year. You are eligible for four years, from the date you register as a student until you graduate.

Amazon Prime is probably best known for free two-day shipping, but there are lots of other perks. I’ve had Prime for years, and a lot of this is news to me, but I’ll be taking advantage of these benefits. Let’s break them down.

Shipping and Delivery

• Free Two-Day Shipping: On eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S.

• Free Same-Day Delivery: Eligible zip codes.

• Prime Now: Free two-hour delivery or scheduled delivery on over 10,000 items, from groceries to electronics and more. Plus, get free delivery from your favorite local stores. Available in eligible zip codes only.

• Amazon Restaurants: Delivery from popular local restaurants to Prime members in eligible ZIP codes.

• Free Release-Date Delivery: Free Release-Date Delivery on eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date to ZIP codes within the continental U.S.


• Prime Video: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for paid or free trial members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

• Prime Music: Unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than a million songs for members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

• Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage and enhanced search and organization features in Amazon Drive for you and the members of your Family Vault.

• Twitch Prime: Members get exclusive discounts on physical games pre-orders and new releases. users who link their Amazon Prime account get ad-free viewing on Twitch, a free Twitch channel subscription every month, and exclusive access to free game content.

• Amazon Music Unlimited: Prime members can get discounted Amazon Music Unlimited monthly plans, and there are annual plans available exclusively to Prime members.

• Video Add-On Subscriptions: Members can purchase Video Add-on Subscriptions to premium content providers.

Around the House

• Prime Pantry: Prime members in select regions can shop for groceries and household products in everyday sizes and pay an additional delivery fee. Prime Pantry orders cannot be shipped to addresses in Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

• Amazon Elements: Access to Amazon Elements products, Amazon’s line of everyday essentials.

• Amazon Dash for Prime: Never run out of your favorite products with Amazon Dash Button.

• Prime Early Access: Get 30-minute early access to Lightning Deals on

• Deals and Discounts, Compliments of Amazon Family: These include up to 20% off diapers, baby food, and more through Subscribe & Save and 15% off eligible products from your baby registry.

• Membership Sharing: Two adults living in the same household can create an Amazon Household to share certain Amazon Prime benefits.If you have a paid Prime membership under your personal account, you can share your shipping benefits with your Amazon Business user account.

• Prime Rewards: Eligible Prime members can earn 5% back at using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card or the Amazon Prime Store card. Alternatively, all Prime members earn 2% rewards with Amazon Prime Reload.

For the Book Lovers

• Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: access to members in the U.S.

• Prime Reading: You can borrow books, magazines, and more from the catalog and read them on your Fire tablet, Kindle e-reader, or the Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android.

• Amazon First Reads: Early access for members in the U.S. to download a new book for free every month from the Amazon First Reads picks. You can also purchase hardcover titles at exclusive prices.

• Audible Channels for Prime: Get access to Audible Channels, a $60/year value, for free. Audible Channels includes unlimited listening to original audio series and playlists handcrafted for every interest. You’ll also receive access to Prime Exclusive Audiobooks, a collection of streaming audiobooks including best sellers, family favorites, celebrity-narrated classics and more. Just download the free Audible app and sign in with your Amazon account to start listening.

The Fine Print

Note that being a Prime member gives you access to all of these benefits, but it doesn’t mean all of them are free to use. If you want free delivery with Amazon Restaurants, you have to spend $40 or more. Amazon Music Unlimited is currently available for 0.99 per month and then $7.99 a month after that for Prime members.

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Additional Programs

Prime members also have access to supplemental programs at an extra cost.

• Amazon Fresh: Prime members in select regions can pay an additional monthly membership fee to receive free shipping on all Amazon Fresh orders of $50 or more, or pay a flat delivery fee for each order they place under $50.

• Video Add-On Subscriptions: Members can purchase Video Add-on Subscriptions to premium content providers.

• Amazon Key: This program is currently available in 37 cities. Prime customers can allow Amazon couriers to enter their homes to leave packages. You’ll need to buy a $250 kit that includes a smart lock and security camera that unlock the door and record the delivery.

Get Your Grocery On

Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods, Prime members, are eligible for exclusive discounts at Whole Foods. What an example of the kind of discount Prime members can expect is the lowered price of organic turkey over the holidays. Whole Foods dropped the price of select organic turkey to $3.49 per pound, but Prime members get a further 0.50 discount, reducing the cost to $2.99 per pound.

The Cost

There is a free 30-day trial period for Amazon Prime. During that time you can access all of the features listed above excluding the Kindle Lending Library. Unless you cancel before the end of the trial period, Amazon will enroll you in Prime. The cost is $99 a year, and you will be automatically re-enrolled each year until you cancel.

Some Exclusions Apply

Amazon Student Prime offers most of the same benefits as Amazon Prime but the trial period does not. It excludes:

  • Prime Music
  • Prime Reading
  • Prime Pantry
  • Referral Bonus: Students can get a $10 bonus when they refer a friend to Amazon Student Prime.

If you sign up for Amazon Student Prime after the free trial period ends, you will then be able to access those benefits.

Amazon Student Prime does not allow two members of the same household to share an account the way Amazon Prime does. They also don’t have access to Amazon Mom discounts, but that isn’t a con for most college students. These exclusions apply even after the trial period ends and you’re paying for the membership.

Student Exclusives

As an Amazon Student Prime member, you will have exclusive access to Amazon’s textbook rental program. You can rent the books for a semester and then extend the rental period, buy the book, or return it.

You can buy textbooks on Amazon for less than many other retailers and trade them into Amazon for up to 80% of the value which you will receive on an Amazon Gift Card.

Amazon Student Prime members will receive exclusive offers, and they aren’t limited to things like textbooks. Recently Student Prime members could save 30% on holiday sweaters, 20% off specific skin care brands, and up to $75 off Apple MacBook Pro laptops.

Prime or Student Prime?

If you’re a student, there is no reason to pay the additional cost of Prime. College is expensive enough! Not being able to share the program with other people or accessing Mom discounts are negligible to most students. If you would make use of Music, Reading, and Pantry, you may wish to skip the free six-month trial and just sign up.

Is Either Prime Worth It?

The best benefits of both programs are the two-day delivery and the streaming. If you take advantage of those, they are well worth it.

The streaming services pay for your membership if you use them rather than another service like Netflix or Spotify. Netflix is $7.99-13.99 per month. The lowest tier costs $95.88 per year, almost the same as Prime and nearly twice the Student price.

I'm too old for Netflix and chill. I want Amazon Prime and commitment.

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Spotify Premium is $9.99 a month, $4.99 for students which includes a Hulu membership. That’s a  good deal for students but still doesn’t outweigh the benefits of an Amazon Student Prime membership.

If you’re not sure, give either program a try. If after the trial period you decide it isn’t useful to you, you haven’t lost any money so long as you remember to cancel.

Candice Elliott - Senior Editor
Candice Elliott is a substantial contributor to Listen Money Matters. She has been a personal finance writer since 2013 and has written extensively on student loan debt, investing, and credit. She has successfully navigated these areas in her own life and knows how to help others do the same. Candice has answered thousands of questions from the LMM community and spent countless hours doing research for hundreds of personal finance articles. She happily calls New Orleans, Louisiana home-the most fun city in the world.

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