Free Year of Amazon Prime For Students (.edu email)

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Amazon Student has a new program called Amazon Student where you can get “exclusive deals”, the best of which is a free one-year subscription to Amazon Prime. This allows you to get the convenience of free 2-day shipping on most products (including textbooks and even some used books) with no minimum order amount. Usually costs $79 a year.

You can even keep your existing account, just click here, enter your .edu e-mail address, and click on the confirmation e-mail to activate. If you have an .edu e-mail, try it!

This is a really nice perk, and would go great with the Citi Forward® Card gives you 5 ThankYou® Points for every $1 you spend at restaurants and on entertainment, like bookstores, of which counts regardless of what you are actually buying at the bookstore. Up to 2% APR reduction when using credit wisely. This equates to 5% back in the form of gift cards at select retailers, or a 3.45% pure cashback return. Really, I’ve done it.  2,500 bonus ThankYou Points after spending $500 within the first 3 months of cardmembership and up to 1,200 bonus ThankYou Points for paying on time and staying under your credit limit. Watch your interest rate go down and your ThankYou Points go up.

See my Citi Forward review and rewards follow-up for more details.

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  1. Graduate student with baby on the way…SCORE! Thanks for the link!

  2. Note that there is a contingency that they could ask you for proof of enrollment in the terms, and if you fail to produce, they will charge you for back services. So I wouldn’t recommend faking it just because you have an .edu address.

  3. Awesome timing! My Prime membership was expiring this month and I was about to renew. Thanks for saving me 80 bucks!

  4. sillycat says

    another good thing is that if you are a current Prime member, they reimburse your cost of membership (automatic and immediate) by a pro-rate amount. I got $60 back and free Prime! Amazon rules!

  5. That is a little annoying since most colleges and universities have stopped giving out .edu email addresses and most only keep the address good for 2 years after you graduate.

  6. it won’t take my .edu address for some reason and I am a current student…giving an error about alumni addresses not being accepted

  7. Additional tips: If someone in your family or household already successfully signed up for Amazon Student, they can add you (and 3 others) as well, even if you don’t have a .EDU address, by going to Answer a few questions about your birthdates and email addresses just to verify you really know each other, and you’ll get a free year of Prime as well! Just tried it. It works! (It may claim that the family / household member will only get one free month, but press on, and I think you may be pleasantly surprised.)

  8. Just signed up, thanks!

  9. MakingItWorkNJ says

    Definitely works. I originally thought that you needed to create another Amazon account based on the .edu but that was not the case, as Jonathan had pointed out. Got it for a whole year and will definitely make use of it, as well as other student perks. Credit cards, I’m leaving alone for now, because my Average Age of Accounts is terribly low, even though I have very good credit.

  10. Thank you Jonathan for posting the initial offer and thanks to Kenneth for the invitation link. The Prime invite specifically states the membership can be shared with “household members”; is it possible to share with a family member who doesn’t have the same address as me? My sister uses Amazon for just about everything, but she lives in a different city.

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